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#### Twik

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« Reply #1410 on: August 02, 2013, 04:08:53 PM »
I wonder what a Non-Inspection Fee is? A remittance for doing a non-inspection? Or simply a bribe not to inspect dubious cargo?

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« Reply #1411 on: August 02, 2013, 06:08:45 PM »
This story probably belongs in a thread titled “What was I thinking?”  It happened a long time ago, and I’m still puzzled by it.

Boyfriend and I were about to enter our apartment building, which was next to a bus stop.  The weather was frightful, and it was starting to snow heavily.  We were approached by a young couple who seemed fairly normal, albeit miserable.  They said that the buses had stopped running, and could they come in and use our phone (before cell phones) to call a friend to pick them up.  We agreed.

Once inside, the couple started making phone calls, but they were just chatting away and didn’t actually ask anyone to come get them.  They asked for refreshments and bummed cigarettes.  They seemed to be having a good time and showed no signs of planning to leave.  Eventually the guy mentioned that he’d just gotten out of jail after serving time for “busting open the change machine at RoboWash”.

At that point, we started strongly urging them to leave, and they did so pleasantly.

It was just weird.
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#### HoneyBee42

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« Reply #1412 on: August 02, 2013, 07:20:53 PM »
I'm about 99.44% sure that I had a scammer come to my door yesterday.  The only reason I have that sliver of doubt is that I wasn't home (still at work) and it was relayed to me by my 12yo twins.

Seems a fellow came to the door stating that he was from [local utility company] and he really needed to talk to me about the fact that the bill hadn't been paid.  Unsurprisingly, he didn't return at the time the kids suggested that he return.

Seriously, I know the way this works--if you were *actually* behind, first you get the bill with the "past due" stamped on it.  Then some nasty-grams.  They don't send anyone to the house unless they are ready to actually disconnect the services, but they'd have sent several notices before that happens.  Given that the last bill arrived middle of last month w/o any such markers, I know I'm not behind.  I'd really know for sure he was a scammer if he said that I needed to pay up w/ cash.

Unfortunately, the 12yos were not observant enough to get a good enough description to call the police with.  However, on further questioning, I learned that there was not a [local utility company] vehicle in front of the house when this guy was at the door.

Have to admit I am a little disappointed that he didn't come back.  I was all set to talk to him while the older teen would be calling the police so that they'd be able to come by while the guy was still at my door.

Of course, I have since explained to my kids the markers that identify a legit employee of [local utility company], and that if there's a next time, to get a little more identifying info and to get the cops called.

#### gramma dishes

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« Reply #1413 on: August 02, 2013, 09:02:47 PM »

...   Of course, I have since explained to my kids the markers that identify a legit employee of [local utility company], and that if there's a next time, to get a little more identifying info and to get the cops called.

Or better yet, don't open the door!

#### Minmom3

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« Reply #1414 on: August 03, 2013, 08:35:23 PM »
Having been IN the house one day when the company DID come to turn it off - they walked right up to the breaker box outside and 'CLUNK' and my power was OFF.  There was a van outside, but no door knock, no personal contact at all until I raced out the back door to find out what the heck happened.

What the heck happened was DH cut it a tad close when it came to paying the bill late....  Seriously annoying habit of his.
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#### norrina

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« Reply #1415 on: August 05, 2013, 01:02:41 PM »
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For obvious reasons, my client does not wish to place this fund with established financial institution in the family's name for security reason.It is her desire that the deal is handled as quietly as possible without possibility of any leakage to the public or Government as they
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She has therefore empowered and instructed me to look for a reliable foreigner to clear/claim the money from where it is presently and receive the money in his or her account oversea, Also assist to invest the fund properly for the family as there fund manager.

If you agree to clear/claim the money and also act as a fund manager for my client and her family, I shall arrange to release the sum of US$15.7Million to you if you meet my requirement and upon a favourable response from you, i shall let you know how you will receive it. Your commission shall be 20% of the total sum. An annual 10% of the after tax returns on investment for the first five years. Therefore, the terms shall be varied.If you are capable and willing to participate in this transaction, kindly reach me as soon as possible You are required to also send your full names,address, direct phone and fax number for more efficient communication. In any case,please keep it a tight secret. I await your prompt reply. Best Regards, Mr.{Name} Bolding mine. Whoops, the secret is out now. Guess I lost that investment. #### jedikaiti • Swiss Army Nerd • Member • Posts: 2913 • A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail. ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1420 on: August 05, 2013, 03:07:52 PM » How did it get into Google calendar Yea, I would post to Google help forums. What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science! "The problem with re-examining your brilliant ideas is that more often than not, you discover they are the intellectual equivalent of saying, 'Hold my beer and watch this!'" - Cindy Couture #### wolfie • I don't know what this is so I am putting random words here • Member • Posts: 6935 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1421 on: August 05, 2013, 03:13:39 PM » Who would you even report it to? The FBI. http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx I went to a presentation by then - yes they want to to file with them. For most of these crimes they need many instances to make a case so every person who reports is one step closer to them being able to stop them. #### stitchygreyanonymouse • Member • Posts: 581 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1422 on: August 05, 2013, 10:40:23 PM » How did it get into Google calendar Yea, I would post to Google help forums. It's the new spam method. By default, events that you are invited to get added to your calendar. You can turn off the setting and stop the spam, but in many cases, you may want events added when they are from legit people. I hope that Google will catch on soon and start doing a spam filtering for events just like they do email and voice stuff. #### PastryGoddess • Member • Posts: 6445 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1423 on: August 05, 2013, 11:39:57 PM » How did it get into Google calendar Yea, I would post to Google help forums. It's the new spam method. By default, events that you are invited to get added to your calendar. You can turn off the setting and stop the spam, but in many cases, you may want events added when they are from legit people. I hope that Google will catch on soon and start doing a spam filtering for events just like they do email and voice stuff. ooooohhh. That sucks #### Army Mom • Member • Posts: 151 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1424 on: August 08, 2013, 04:31:37 PM » I HAD to share this one, it amuses me so much! I "failed to dance by the rule of the FBI" Good Day!! We have been told that you have failed to dance by the rule of the FBI which will warrant 2 years jail sentence. Now I John Robert Pikus the special agent in charge of the FBI Albany department I am giving you 24 working hours to effect the payment of the$98 usd. To the FBI in republic of Benin (fbi
security) with the information written below: