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mumma to KMC

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1530 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. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1531 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.  >:D

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1532 on: August 23, 2013, 05:33:58 PM »
I just got a baffling spim... "?1rozr0ei yosb ry 0ayepa y"

No idea.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1533 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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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1534 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 :o.  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).
« Last Edit: August 23, 2013, 06:26:32 PM by Otterpop »

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1535 on: August 23, 2013, 05:55:21 PM »
A bit O/T, but I work at a university and began receiving calls from a prison a few hours away. I couldn't call the number back and the messages were garbled.

It turned out that a staff member at the prison was calling about her classes, and instead of using her mobile phone she called from the prison line.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1536 on: August 23, 2013, 07:24:58 PM »

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?

nuit93,
Yes, I do have Verizon.  Any idea what they are trying to tell me?  Why would they send me numbers that mean nothing to me?  Or, is it spam?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1537 on: August 23, 2013, 08:11:39 PM »

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?

nuit93,
Yes, I do have Verizon.  Any idea what they are trying to tell me?  Why would they send me numbers that mean nothing to me?  Or, is it spam?
Thanks!

I just remember getting the occasional message from them that started with VZM.  Usually there'd be more than just a number though.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1538 on: August 26, 2013, 11:43:30 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?

nuit93,
Yes, I do have Verizon.  Any idea what they are trying to tell me?  Why would they send me numbers that mean nothing to me?  Or, is it spam?
Thanks!

I just remember getting the occasional message from them that started with VZM.  Usually there'd be more than just a number though.

And my browser just deleted everything I'd written. Starting again...

Verizon usually sends me two types of notifications. ones that start with the VZM are usually ads or extra services you can sign up for (Pay $$ to watch the Super Bowl on your phone! Join our fantasy football league with this exclusive app for only $!), or ones that come from a long string of numbers (possibly an 800 number? I never looked too closely) that are notifications about my account (letting me know the password on the website has been changed, when a bill is available to look over or has been paid).

I would say if there's nothing in the body of the text, it's not a big deal to just get rid of it. I've never had anything important come from one of the VZW #### accounts.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1539 on: August 26, 2013, 01:27:02 PM »
I wonder if there is an alert set up in your Verizon account to keep track of minutes or data usage. I know that my cell phone carrier sends me periodic text alerts. It's strange that the message is just a number though. Mine says something like, "You have used 75% of your data plan for this billing cycle ending on August 24."
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1540 on: August 27, 2013, 03:13:38 AM »
I had a new one today, just now. I'm kind of excited because it was a scam within a scam.

Victor Smith from Microsoft rang because they "have some money" and want to refund me because I was scammed in the past by people pretending to be Microsoft. No I haven't, I said. I hang up on those people, I said. Yes I had, Victor assured me, they had scammed me for $129.99 and they would like to refund that to me. Great! Thanks, Victor, send me a cheque! ;D

No, no cheques. All I had to do was log on to a website and re-enter the details from the credit card they defrauded me on and the money could be alllllll mine.  ::)
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1541 on: August 27, 2013, 03:46:29 AM »
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'. :'(

This mother allegedly gave her daughter chemotherapy drugs to make her sick.

http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/04/12/450235_crime-and-court-news.html

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1542 on: August 28, 2013, 03:58:56 PM »
Friend just got this text:

Atten
Contact your DHL delivery agent he just arived at JFK
New York City international airport with your ATM Visa
card contain $2.5 USD so recomfirm your address to him
he misplace your address

(1)Your Full Name.
(2)Mobile Phone Number.
(3)Current Home Address
(4)Nearest Airport
so that he can deliver your ATM visa card
as soon as possible
his name is MR Kevin Anthony
Email;{diplomatkevinanthony@live.be
Regards REV.JERRY MARK
Phone Number.( xxxxxxxxxx}
call Rev Jerry Mark{+xxxxxxxxxx}
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1543 on: August 28, 2013, 10:42:02 PM »
Friend just got this text:

Atten
Contact your DHL delivery agent he just arived at JFK
New York City international airport with your ATM Visa
card contain $2.5 USD so recomfirm your address to him
he misplace your address

(1)Your Full Name.
(2)Mobile Phone Number.
(3)Current Home Address
(4)Nearest Airport
so that he can deliver your ATM visa card
as soon as possible
his name is MR Kevin Anthony
Email;{diplomatkevinanthony@live.be
Regards REV.JERRY MARK
Phone Number.( xxxxxxxxxx}
call Rev Jerry Mark{+xxxxxxxxxx}

In the 1950s there was a TV show called The Millionaire. The guy who delivered the surprise was Michael Anthony. This delivery agent must be his son! And the victim of a fraud is a mark, so they kind of misnamed the perpetrator. Guess the are having fun!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1544 on: August 28, 2013, 10:52:55 PM »
Friend just got this text:

Atten
Contact your DHL delivery agent he just arived at JFK
New York City international airport with your ATM Visa
card contain $2.5 USD so recomfirm your address to him
he misplace your address

(1)Your Full Name.
(2)Mobile Phone Number.
(3)Current Home Address
(4)Nearest Airport
so that he can deliver your ATM visa card
as soon as possible
his name is MR Kevin Anthony
Email;{diplomatkevinanthony@live.be
Regards REV.JERRY MARK
Phone Number.( xxxxxxxxxx}
call Rev Jerry Mark{+xxxxxxxxxx}

In the 1950s there was a TV show called The Millionaire. The guy who delivered the surprise was Michael Anthony. This delivery agent must be his son! And the victim of a fraud is a mark, so they kind of misnamed the perpetrator. Guess the are having fun!

But they must have fallen on really hard times, which isn't surprising if they are flying people around to hand out $2.50.  Even millionaires wouldn't waste that much on $2.50.