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Ms_Cellany

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1260 on: June 29, 2013, 10:28:52 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...

That's a good copier. Holds a lot of paper.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1261 on: June 29, 2013, 11:24:52 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...

That's a good copier. Holds a lot of paper.

Also has a pool.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1262 on: June 29, 2013, 01:29:41 PM »
I think that there should be a special circle of hell reserved for people who scam seniors.   >:(

Amen!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1263 on: June 29, 2013, 01:46:12 PM »
Got another magazine subscription scam today. 

It was for the 'renewal' of a magazine to which We have not subscribed for at least five years. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1264 on: June 29, 2013, 01:47:57 PM »
I got a renewal notice claiming to be from my internet security provider!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1265 on: June 29, 2013, 06:43:42 PM »
I got a renewal notice claiming to be from my internet security provider!
I have Norton on my desktop and McAfee on my laptop, I get a renewal notice each year, for both.  Totally legit.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1266 on: July 02, 2013, 05:19:44 AM »
Oh, Reader's Digest.  Years ago, I decided to not renew as the quality is no longer as good and I can read it for free from the library.  I figure, don't renew and they'll just stop sending magazines, right?  Wrong.  One day, they sent a harsh letter demanding that I owe money because they mailed two magazines after my subscription ran out.  And now I need to mail a check for those two issues and while I was at it, I can easily and conveniently go ahead and renew for another year.  They mailed several of those letters before I wrote back stating I never asked for those two issues and if they decided to mail them without my permission, that's their problem.

Yeah they did that to me also and actually got collections on me. Shot that one down pretty quickly.


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1267 on: July 02, 2013, 07:31:04 AM »
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.

Got a similar call a few years back from someone claiming to represent our state police charity. I'm actually pretty sure it was legit, though, but while talking to the guy he mentioned my past support.

Me:  what past support?
Him:  you contributed to our charity in 2005.
Me:  You know, I don't appreciate being lied to.
Him:  Excuse me?
Me:  In 2004 I was in Korea.
Him:  Oh. I, uh....
Me:  [click]

Haven't heard back from them since.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1268 on: July 02, 2013, 09:07:38 AM »
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.

Got a similar call a few years back from someone claiming to represent our state police charity. I'm actually pretty sure it was legit, though, but while talking to the guy he mentioned my past support.

Me:  what past support?
Him:  you contributed to our charity in 2005.
Me:  You know, I don't appreciate being lied to.
Him:  Excuse me?
Me:  In 2004 I was in Korea.
Him:  Oh. I, uh....
Me:  [click]

Haven't heard back from them since.

It was not legitimate! If it was, a very small per centage of the donations go to the charity.

Before we had caller ID, I used to remind the caller that our local police warned us never to donate to charities that called us, particularly for all police and firefighters (true - a notice comes out every spring). If they were still on the line, I asked them what per cent of donations actually went to the police, and if they hemmed and hawed around, I asked if the caller was a volunteer or on a salary.

Many "charities" are cloaked with a name that sounds like the national ones we are all familiar with. For example, Make-a-Wish is pretty good, but the Kid's Wish Network uses less than 3% to send kids on trips.

I used to have a Favorite with a list of per cents turned for the claimed purpose, but can't find it. Maybe another member can find it.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1269 on: July 02, 2013, 09:20:18 AM »
  Mr. Thipu has a rare blood type and will give a pint when called by the Red Cross but we will never give make any sort of monetary donation to a charity that calls us. 

We've also found a way to get rid of many annoying calls.  Most telephone solicitors will hang up after three or four rings.  Anyone we would want to call us knows to let the phone ring at least five times before we will answer. 

You'd be amazed how well this works.   

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1270 on: July 02, 2013, 09:34:15 AM »
My father, who will be 81 next week is still as sharp as a tack, considering his immense health issues.  He is so onto scammers that sometimes we have to remind him some things are legit!  He will run something past my sister or I if it has to do with his computer or cable because sometimes they can be convincing.  He is really onto the foreign voices on the phone telling him it is time to update his Dell..he has a Gateway!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1271 on: July 02, 2013, 10:31:01 AM »
Vetting Charities. This is from Consumer Reports and is US-centric. It gives tips, links to charity rating sites, and lists some of CU's high & low ratings in various categories, based on a review of the rating web sites.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1272 on: July 02, 2013, 10:42:28 AM »
Vetting Charities. This is from Consumer Reports and is US-centric. It gives tips, links to charity rating sites, and lists some of CU's high & low ratings in various categories, based on a review of the rating web sites.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is important to me, which I was so shocked that I lost it!

My father, who will be 81 next week is still as sharp as a tack, considering his immense health issues.  He is so onto scammers that sometimes we have to remind him some things are legit!  He will run something past my sister or I if it has to do with his computer or cable because sometimes they can be convincing.  He is really onto the foreign voices on the phone telling him it is time to update his Dell..he has a Gateway!

I'm 68 and kind of not too bright, so I really need these resources, including our children.

By the way, http://www.theonion.com/articles/dell-acquired-by-gateway-2000-in-merger-of-2-bigge,31175/

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1273 on: July 02, 2013, 11:21:56 AM »
Vetting Charities. This is from Consumer Reports and is US-centric. It gives tips, links to charity rating sites, and lists some of CU's high & low ratings in various categories, based on a review of the rating web sites.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is important to me, which I was so shocked that I lost it!

My father, who will be 81 next week is still as sharp as a tack, considering his immense health issues.  He is so onto scammers that sometimes we have to remind him some things are legit!  He will run something past my sister or I if it has to do with his computer or cable because sometimes they can be convincing.  He is really onto the foreign voices on the phone telling him it is time to update his Dell..he has a Gateway!

I'm 68 and kind of not too bright, so I really need these resources, including our children.

By the way, http://www.theonion.com/articles/dell-acquired-by-gateway-2000-in-merger-of-2-bigge,31175/

erm...that's a fake article...did you mean to do that?  ???

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1274 on: July 02, 2013, 11:29:22 AM »
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.

Got a similar call a few years back from someone claiming to represent our state police charity. I'm actually pretty sure it was legit, though, but while talking to the guy he mentioned my past support.

Me:  what past support?
Him:  you contributed to our charity in 2005.
Me:  You know, I don't appreciate being lied to.
Him:  Excuse me?
Me:  In 2004 I was in Korea.
Him:  Oh. I, uh....
Me:  [click]

Haven't heard back from them since.

It was not legitimate! If it was, a very small per centage of the donations go to the charity.

Before we had caller ID, I used to remind the caller that our local police warned us never to donate to charities that called us, particularly for all police and firefighters (true - a notice comes out every spring). If they were still on the line, I asked them what per cent of donations actually went to the police, and if they hemmed and hawed around, I asked if the caller was a volunteer or on a salary.

Many "charities" are cloaked with a name that sounds like the national ones we are all familiar with. For example, Make-a-Wish is pretty good, but the Kid's Wish Network uses less than 3% to send kids on trips.

I used to have a Favorite with a list of per cents turned for the claimed purpose, but can't find it. Maybe another member can find it.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/