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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1515 on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:04 PM »
I get a lot of calls on my cell phone from a few 866 area code numbers. I always answer them, but usually there is just dead air. Today, I answered one and they introduced themselves and their company and asked for Antonious. I have never heard of this person or company, and I have had this number for more than a decade!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1516 on: August 22, 2013, 01:58:54 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. 
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1517 on: August 22, 2013, 02:22:20 PM »
I'm not exactly sure what their scam is, but someone just tred to post the following to my blog (I have to approve all comments):
"Hi there, Cool submit. Likely to trouble with your site with internet internet explorer, might click here? IE is still the marketplace leader in addition to a large percentage of men and women will leave out there spectacular creating just for this dilemma."

Dude, do you even English?
He not English as goodly as him, think.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1518 on: August 22, 2013, 02:48:39 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.

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« Reply #1519 on: August 22, 2013, 04:35:03 PM »
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.  It said something along the line of hi, it's me, I've got some new pictures to show you, I hope you like them.  IM me and tell me how you like them.

I get a few of those a week and I just report them as spam and delete.  I know it doesn't do much good.  So I did that, and of course my wife was wondering who is that person, what pictures does she want to show you, how do you know her, why did you close the chat window so quickly.......

I explained to her it was just spam, but it took a little while to convince her.  Thankfully when I mentioned it to her daughter, and then her son, they immediately began telling us about all the spam they get in their IM, and then I got a few more sent to me.  I made sure to leave them up to show her how it really was pretty generic, and how even though they were from supposedly different people, they all said pretty much the same thing.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1520 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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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1521 on: August 23, 2013, 09:07:55 AM »
When DH's car was totaled from a texting drunk driver   :o :o, 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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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1522 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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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1523 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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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1524 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.  8)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1525 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/)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1526 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?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1527 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 $$$.  :-\

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1528 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.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1529 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. :(