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#### o_gal

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« Reply #1500 on: August 23, 2013, 06:34:33 AM »
I did, too!  My text said something like "Hey, Shallimer (yup, botched my name), here's that site I was telling you about.  Lots of hotties there!  It's even better than (site I've never heard of)!"

Gosh, thanks, stranger!  I'll get right on that!

I was sitting at my computer showing my wife something, and I got a spam IM, in my yahoo IM client.

FYI, there is a term for spam in IM - it's "spim". You're been spimmed :-)

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« Reply #1501 on: August 23, 2013, 09:07:55 AM »
When DH's car was totaled from a texting drunk driver    , we used Craig's List to find a "new" car.  I learned pretty quickly that any with a story of,"getting deployed overseas, will take another few hundred off already super way low price if you send money now!" were scams.
I did get one on the phone somehow, and he could not answer the most basic of questions.  If I had more time, I would have done more than just click "spam."

As for the door-to-door book salespeople, I actually invited them in, with DH at home.

Why?  well, I am a collector of sorts of children's books, and a teacher, and I married a reader, also.  So we have more books than bookshelves, and still have a full encyclopedia set.

I had the person come in to show her that I was NOT in need of her products, and she agreed!  She said ours was the first home she had seen with so many books.  I would beg to differ, but she got the point that I can find my own books.

This was before e-books, and I have tried to pare down since then.  But I keep finding books at yardsales, and they are so good!

Anyway,
I also got another Google invite spam.  Arghg!

And, on my phone, every now and then, I get a text that says something like, "VZM 3486."

Anyone know what that means?

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#### Jones

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« Reply #1502 on: August 23, 2013, 09:55:56 AM »
This is in my hometown.
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/utah-mom-allegedly-faked-daughters-cancer-collect-donations-100110030.html
The reason this all came to light is that the woman would text her ex for money to take the daughter to "treatments" out of state. It was always after a supposed treatment had happened, so he couldn't come along. He became suspicious as he never saw any actual billings hit his insurance, which covered  his children.

There is, of course, more to the story than is in that article. Like, her first daughter (now age 11) had leukemia, so everyone felt very sad that her second child now had it. (From what I've heard, DCFS are now investigating to make sure the older daughter did have leukemia, that hers wasn't faked as well.)

Also, the younger child, age 4, was firmly of the belief she had leukemia; she cried when she was told she was healthy. Her hair had been thinning, they are looking into whether this sorry excuse for a mother was giving her child medicine to fake the cancer, or thinning it with a tiny clipper, or what. There were pictures everywhere of the child in what looks like a hospital room, wearing the smock, sitting on a hospital bed. I hope that little girl grows up psychologically healthy...being told you are possibly dying at a young age cannot be healthy.

The community has boycotted the trendy clothing store this woman owns. Perhaps this should be in the PD thread as well.

ETA: Here's the local news article that talks about her older daughter.

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=26433288&nid=481
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« Reply #1503 on: August 23, 2013, 10:37:03 AM »
I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of.
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#### Chip2

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« Reply #1504 on: August 23, 2013, 10:39:41 AM »
There's one intersection on my way to work that is the regular haunt of a rotating series of beggars.  There's even a couple of paths worn in the grass from people walking up and down the turn lanes, holding their handmade signs.  I've wondered if they know each other, is there a sign-up sheet or appointment book, do drivers keep handing out money when there is a beggar out there 4 days out of 5?

Went by one intersection where the (neatly lettered) sign of choice was, "I'll be honest - I just want a cold beer." The guy looked (way) over 21, and I had a fresh six-pack in the car, so I gave him a cold beer. He was very appreciative.

#### snowdragon

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« Reply #1505 on: August 23, 2013, 10:54:03 AM »
I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of.

If it turns out that she gave the kids meds to fake cancer, then  this actually sounds like she stole the idea from Law & Order: SUV ( http://www.tv.com/shows/law-order-special-victims-unit/sick-303036/)

#### nuit93

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« Reply #1506 on: August 23, 2013, 11:33:43 AM »

And, on my phone, every now and then, I get a text that says something like, "VZM 3486."

Anyone know what that means?

Do you have Verizon, by any chance?

#### Carotte

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« Reply #1507 on: August 23, 2013, 12:04:43 PM »
I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of.

If it turns out that she gave the kids meds to fake cancer, then  this actually sounds like she stole the idea from Law & Order: SUV ( http://www.tv.com/shows/law-order-special-victims-unit/sick-303036/)

Also sadly not the first time it happened, I vaguely remember a similar story of a mother faking her little girls 'cancer', cuting her hair when she was sleeping and giving her sleeping pills so that she didn't remember being in the hospital, just going to it.
That was several years ago, I just remember it was in the USA.
And all to rack up major $$. #### pierrotlunaire0 • Member • Posts: 4609 • I'm the cat's aunt! ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1508 on: August 23, 2013, 12:16:46 PM » I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of. If it turns out that she gave the kids meds to fake cancer, then this actually sounds like she stole the idea from Law & Order: SUV ( http://www.tv.com/shows/law-order-special-victims-unit/sick-303036/) Also sadly not the first time it happened, I vaguely remember a similar story of a mother faking her little girls 'cancer', cuting her hair when she was sleeping and giving her sleeping pills so that she didn't remember being in the hospital, just going to it. That was several years ago, I just remember it was in the USA. And all to rack up major$$$. There was a case in Michigan a few years ago (5?), but the child was a boy. Mother ended up doing time, and lost custody. I have enough lithium in my medicine cabinet to power three cars across a sizeable desert. Which makes me officially...Three Cars Crazy #### faithlessone • Member • Posts: 2538 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1509 on: August 23, 2013, 12:43:12 PM » I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of. If it turns out that she gave the kids meds to fake cancer, then this actually sounds like she stole the idea from Law & Order: SUV ( http://www.tv.com/shows/law-order-special-victims-unit/sick-303036/) It's not a new idea. There are several autobiographies out there of children who grew up taking "medication" which was making them sick. Sad, but true. #### mumma to KMC • Member • Posts: 633 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1510 on: August 23, 2013, 01:29:32 PM » I just got a scam text message. It feels like stalking - you can't get away from it! Mail, email, phone... they're everywhere! The person who had my cell phone number before me (and I had the number for 10 years) was still giving out the number and using it for things; so I was getting tons of spam texts on my phone. I finally broke down and just got a new number this summer. I couldn't stand it anymore. Same here, but I only lasted a year before I changed my number. She was applying for credit she had no intention of paying and checking out movies from Family Video she had no intention of returning. I got some less-than-polite phone calls from collectors who practically accused me of lying when I said I didn't know the person they were calling for. I may have posted this before, but when we had our land line (for internet) we used to get calls frequently for a family and it was almost always collections calls. One call included a death threat, when I told a man that he was not to call here ever again. (Yes, I called the police, they couldn't do anything.) I just figured it was their old number and the calls would stop as I told people we weren't the X family. Nope, the calls kept coming. I once got a call from a bail bondsman asking for one of the members of the X family. I asked the woman on the end of the line when she was given the number, she told me the week prior. We had the number for nearly a year at that point. Sadly there was nothing we could do about it either. We finally ended up switching ISPs and ditched the landline in the process. #### jayhawk • Member • Posts: 1333 ##### Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers « Reply #1511 on: August 23, 2013, 01:46:54 PM » Our little church is getting calls from Kevin with Public Pages saying that our interim pastor last year approved their$799 listing - obviously one of the scams discussed earlier where they record the phone call and rearrange it so that a "yes" is made to sound like an approval of their sale.

So not happening.

The new pastor e-mailed several of us on the board and asked for advice. One of the other members is already contacting the state's attorney general's office and the local Better Business Bureau.

My suggestion was, the next time Kevin calls, was to ask him how he can sleep at night knowing that he is trying to take advantage of a small church! And then offer to pray with him over the phone. I think Kevin will take our names off the list real quick-like.

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#### jedikaiti

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« Reply #1512 on: August 23, 2013, 05:33:58 PM »
I just got a baffling spim... "?1rozr0ei yosb ry 0ayepa y"

No idea.
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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#### Mel the Redcap

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« Reply #1513 on: August 23, 2013, 05:44:15 PM »
I am heartbroken. The worst incident of Munchausen by proxy I have heard of.

Sadly not the worst I've ever heard of. Some children die due to what their caregivers do to them to induce 'symptoms'.
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#### Otterpop

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« Reply #1514 on: August 23, 2013, 05:52:27 PM »
I just got a scam text message.

It feels like stalking - you can't get away from it! Mail, email, phone... they're everywhere!

The person who had my cell phone number before me (and I had the number for 10 years) was still giving out the number and using it for things; so I was getting tons of spam texts on my phone.  I finally broke down and just got a new number this summer.  I couldn't stand it anymore.

Same here, but I only lasted a year before I changed my number. She was applying for credit she had no intention of paying and checking out movies from Family Video she had no intention of returning. I got some less-than-polite phone calls from collectors who practically accused me of lying when I said I didn't know the person they were calling for.

I may have posted this before, but when we had our land line (for internet) we used to get calls frequently for a family and it was almost always collections calls. One call included a death threat, when I told a man that he was not to call here ever again. (Yes, I called the police, they couldn't do anything.) I just figured it was their old number and the calls would stop as I told people we weren't the X family.

Nope, the calls kept coming.

I once got a call from a bail bondsman asking for one of the members of the X family. I asked the woman on the end of the line when she was given the number, she told me the week prior. We had the number for nearly a year at that point.

Sadly there was nothing we could do about it either. We finally ended up switching ISPs and ditched the landline in the process.

I kept getting collect calls from a man in prison .  He was trying to reach "Yvonne" and kept yelling into the answering machine "Yvonne I KNOW you're there!  Answer the phone.  Answer the G D phone!"  After several days of screening calls like this I picked up the phone and told time there was no "Yvonne" here.  I just got this number.  He apologized but then started quizzing me on who I was.  I said "a total stranger and you're harassing me" then hung up.  Never got another call, but I was charged for the one I picked up (worth it).
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