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exitzero

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1245 on: June 28, 2013, 05:38:38 AM »
Looks like the Nigeria scammers are feeling a little remorse.
I got an email today saying that they are reimbursing all the people who taken in by their scams.
All I have to do is email them my bank information and they will send me a cool 1.5 mil!
Wahoo!  ::)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1246 on: June 28, 2013, 06:36:01 AM »
I don't think this was a scam, more mis-directed advertising.
I had an email from a company who could do aerial photos for publicity purposes. They cover Melbourne at the moment, but expect to be widening their area.

Sounds a good idea, but I'm in the UK!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1247 on: June 28, 2013, 11:27:08 AM »
I've gotten three separate recorded calls now on my answering machine, telling me they are going to deliver my medic alert equipment. You know the "I've fallen and I can't get up" buttons? Yeah, I didn't order that. Ever. Maybe they are hoping I'm old and senile and wouldn't remember whether I'd ordered it or not? >:(
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1248 on: June 28, 2013, 11:45:14 AM »
I got that one yesterday and UNLOADED on the guy with both barrels. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1249 on: June 28, 2013, 11:58:26 AM »
I hate scammers. They are the lowest of the low.
Last week I had a frustrating conversation with an elderly family member. She got a letter in the mail saying that if she sent $25 she'd automatically win $4 million! She kept it because it "seemed legit." It took a long time to convince her that it was a scam. She even wanted me to drive from NJ to Long Island to the address on the letter to see if they were on the up-and-up. I googled the company, and only when I showed her how much money this company had scammed out of people did she grudgingly agree that it probably wasn't worth her time.  :-[

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1250 on: June 28, 2013, 12:00:55 PM »
I've gotten three separate recorded calls now on my answering machine, telling me they are going to deliver my medic alert equipment. You know the "I've fallen and I can't get up" buttons? Yeah, I didn't order that. Ever. Maybe they are hoping I'm old and senile and wouldn't remember whether I'd ordered it or not? >:(
My MIL gets those all the time. She knows how to handle them now, but they did scare her, and cause a lot of confusion, at first.

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« Reply #1251 on: June 28, 2013, 01:45:07 PM »
I've gotten that a couple of times.  If I'm in a bad mood, I just get off the phone as quickly as possible.  If I'm in a good mood, I say we have a "Corellian YT-1300 Stock Light" copier with an "Incom T-65" paper tray.

We get these calls constantly at our office. They drive my coworker & I insane. I did manage to greatly amuse my boss one day when he heard me say "Our copier model? Enterprise NCC-1701-D, of course!"

I do too, and I today I got to tell them Enterprise NCC-1701-D  ;D, the person that was on the phone didn't see to get it and now I can picture them searching for it.  So thanks for that!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1252 on: June 28, 2013, 01:47:24 PM »
I think that there should be a special circle of hell reserved for people who scam seniors.   >:(
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1253 on: June 28, 2013, 02:27:38 PM »
I think that there should be a special circle of hell reserved for people who scam seniors.   >:(

I read an article (and it may have been mentioned earlier in this thread, too) that said that the part of your brain that is skeptical of scams and stuff like that deteriorates as you get older. That scares me, to think that you could be perfectly aware that something's not legit then get taken in by the same thing later in life.

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« Reply #1254 on: June 28, 2013, 02:54:54 PM »
Yesterday I got one of those "Wouldn't you like to give us money, and we promise it'll all go to helping disabled veterans!" callers.  It gave me great pleasure to tell the guy that my husband is the quartermaster for our local VFW, and all of our donations go there.  I encouraged him to remind the veterans that the VFW is there to help them.  He was polite, but not thrilled by my response.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1255 on: June 28, 2013, 04:57:22 PM »
I think that there should be a special circle of hell reserved for people who scam seniors.   >:(

I read an article (and it may have been mentioned earlier in this thread, too) that said that the part of your brain that is skeptical of scams and stuff like that deteriorates as you get older. That scares me, to think that you could be perfectly aware that something's not legit then get taken in by the same thing later in life.

I think (or I hope) that knowledge is power. If you /know/ what you just wrote here, you can keep it in mind and try to outweigh it by being extra alert, you know? And maybe by continuing to read a lot about scams as you grow older.

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« Reply #1256 on: June 28, 2013, 05:20:27 PM »
I think that there should be a special circle of hell reserved for people who scam seniors.   >:(

I read an article (and it may have been mentioned earlier in this thread, too) that said that the part of your brain that is skeptical of scams and stuff like that deteriorates as you get older. That scares me, to think that you could be perfectly aware that something's not legit then get taken in by the same thing later in life.

I think (or I hope) that knowledge is power. If you /know/ what you just wrote here, you can keep it in mind and try to outweigh it by being extra alert, you know? And maybe by continuing to read a lot about scams as you grow older.

And when you get older, you can start to run financial decisions past younger, trusted members of your family first.  Not "going to buy a new dress at Kohl's," but, "going to send some money to this charity that called me last night."
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« Reply #1257 on: June 29, 2013, 01:10:24 AM »
My grandmother called yesterday.  She'd subscribed my two older daughters to a magazine (it has different age levels, so each gets her own).  She said she had just wanted to let me know she'd received a renewal notice and she'd be renewing the magazines.  I was puzzled at this, because I didn't *think* they'd been getting the magazine for a year already.  Thanks to this thread, I knew that magazines try to get you to renew and renew and renew.  So I accessed our account online and discovered that we're up for renewal in December, not now.  So I was able to tell her that, and she can save her money for six months.  :)  I'm contemplating whether I should contact the magazine and tell them that I'm disappointed in them.  They might contract out that sort of thing to another company.  But, nonetheless, it definitely doesn't give me happy thoughts when thinking of them, and I *do* like the magazine a lot!

These renewal notices may have nothing to do with the publisher of the magazine at all.

Every issue of Harper's has a box warning subscribers against fake renewal notices. 

Also, the mailing label on each magazine we receive has the date of the last issue printed on it somewhere.

Mr. Sirius got a fake renewal notice just last week for one of his political magazines.  He told me that the magazine had a notice on the front page about the fake renewal notices. 

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« Reply #1258 on: June 29, 2013, 01:12:11 AM »
Yesterday we got a phone call - "the manufacturer's warranty on your vehicle has expired and you need to renew it. "

I'm sure the dealer and the manufacturer would actually mention the make and model of your car.

I've gotten a few of these calls.  My car is a 1995 model. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1259 on: June 29, 2013, 05:15:47 AM »
I do too, and I today I got to tell them Enterprise NCC-1701-D  ;D, the person that was on the phone didn't see to get it and now I can picture them searching for it.  So thanks for that!

There is also the T4RD1S model if the first one somehow fails to materialise in their lists...