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Micah

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1740 on: October 03, 2013, 10:03:48 PM »
My OH fell for one of those pop up scam ads on the internet. The ones that say, "This could save you thousands! Are you SURE you want to leave this page?" It cost a hundred dollars (a very large chunk of our limited budget) and was supposed to be a series of books and dvds on how to DIY build and convert your house to solar.  ::) I had to consult an electrician friend to instruct OH on exactly why this was not possible. OH has now agreed that he is not to purchase ANYTHING off the internet without consulting me first  :P.

OH almost fell for a phone scam years ago. A lady rang with one of those "You've won a free holiday!" deals. Unfortunately I was at work when she rang. Fortunately I was the only one of us with a credit card and I had it in my possession at the time. OH kept her on the phone for half an hour until I got home. He handed me the phone very excitedly, telling me all about how we were going to Vegas and all I had to do was to give over my credit card details to confirm my identity! I was like, hold on a second. I had a very short conversation with the lady and hung up on her while she was in mid rant about how we'd wasted HER time  ???. OH half took some convincing before he'd believe me on that one too. He's quite gullible, poor dear....
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1741 on: October 03, 2013, 10:41:25 PM »
OH?
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1742 on: October 03, 2013, 11:02:01 PM »

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1743 on: October 04, 2013, 08:23:19 AM »
My first thought was "Old Husband."  ;D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1744 on: October 04, 2013, 10:12:17 AM »
Could be "old Husband"   ;D

Mine is nearly 70 ;)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1745 on: October 04, 2013, 10:40:41 AM »
Could be "old Husband"   ;D

Mine is nearly 70 ;)

Hey!  Watch it!!   :(

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1746 on: October 04, 2013, 01:38:55 PM »
Could be "old Husband"   ;D

Mine is nearly 70 ;)

Hey!  Watch it!!   :(

What? Nothing wrong with that. Mine is 70 + one month and still does quite well. If I ever used "DH", I would be tempted to use "OH" now that it's been mentioned.  :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1747 on: October 04, 2013, 02:52:09 PM »
VorGuy turns 60 next month...but I don't think that he wants to become OH - at least the Vor recognizes his years of military service...in a way that Old wouldn't.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1748 on: October 04, 2013, 04:52:11 PM »
I know someone who uses it as shorthand for "outlaw husband," because she and her partner had a commitment ceremony and big party without a marriage license, with an officiant who wasn't recognized by their state. Having seen that first, I hadn't thought of "other half," so thank you for that gloss--I'm on a board where a lot of the posters say "OH" and I hadn't wanted to ask what it stood for there.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1749 on: October 04, 2013, 05:20:33 PM »
Argh, scammers.

I had one try and catch me out at work once.
I was covering Reception for the day, a job I'm not too confident doing in the first place, although I try my best. Switchboard is easy enough, and if you know who you want to talk to/are happy to take advice on who would be best to talk to about something, I know most members of staff well enough to know if they can handle something/help with something specific. Tell me about a problem, though, or ask me something I haven't anticipated, and I freeze, rabbit-in-headlights style.

So, on this occasion, I was on Reception (not my usual job, I was needed for emergency cover), and I received a phone call from a man who was extremely insistent that I follow his instructions immediately. (Later, I learned it was a scam, as I suspected.) I didn't catch who/where he was calling from, but he was insistent that there was an error message on my computer screen (there wasn't), and that I should follow his direct instructions.
He became more and more irate every time I said that, no, there was no error message on my screen, and that if there was a problem, I could connect him to our IT manager, who would know more about any problems. Eventually I just cut him off mid-sentence and connected him to our IT manager (sorry!), as he's a no-nonsense person. I did suspect it was a scam, but still had a slight edge of paranoia that there could be something wrong - but at least if I forwarded it to IT, they would be able to do something about it if there really was a problem.

Sorry, but I'm not taking instructions from some random stranger over the phone who won't even explain to me what I would be doing. I took a Psychology class at school, and have read/seen videos/heard all sorts of stories about why you shouldn't take instructions from someone over the phone like that. (Eg one experiment where nurses were told by a "doctor" over the phone, a certain amount of a drug to inject patients with, that could be dangerous. Of course they were stopped by the experimenters before they actually did it.)
If I'm taking instructions for use on work computers, it's either from senior staff, or the IT department.

Turned out I was right - it was a scam. Apparently these people call you up saying there's an error on your screen/problem with your network, and if you just follow their instructions and go to xyz website and click on abc link/fill in efg details, it'll all be "fixed". (Ie, you get a virus/they hack your system/use you as a spambot/extort money, etc etc.)
They rely on the first person they speak to being naive/trusting/alarmist, and do NOT want to speak to your IT department.  If you're in any doubt, I'd send a quick email/connect them to, the IT dept.

Apparently they tried it on the mother of one of our IT guys. She's a bit of a technophobe, but extremely stubborn. She told them there's no point telling her what to do, as she hardly knows how to even turn on the PC. But her son's an IT technician, so if there's a problem, he'd fix it. Thank you, buh-bye.   :P

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1750 on: October 04, 2013, 05:23:16 PM »
My Dad has started playing along with those calls.  You see, he doesn't even OWN a computer. 
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1751 on: October 04, 2013, 06:45:35 PM »
Sorry, I use OH (Other Half) for want of a better term. We're not married, but we've been together for nine years and have a child, so boyfriend doesn't really fit. I used DP (dear partner) for a while but people kept assuming I was in a same s*x relationship.

If I have time I like to play with the 'your computer has serious error/viruses' scam callers. I had one on the line for over half an hour once. I kept telling him that I didn't know how to turn the computer on, my boyfriend usually did that for me. In the end I had him saying "Madam, please don't cry! You just push the button!" I wasn't crying, I was trying so hard not to fall on the floor laughing that I sounded like I was choking.  >:D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1752 on: October 04, 2013, 07:18:38 PM »
My Dad has started playing along with those calls.  You see, he doesn't even OWN a computer.

 :)  :D  ;D

On the other hand, I do kind of feel sad for the people who have to do that because they are so desperite for jobs.............. :'( and then get disappointed that they don't get a sale.

That is why we don't answer the phone.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1753 on: October 04, 2013, 07:54:40 PM »
Yeah, I've been contemplating how to deal with a sort-of-return situation myself.  I've bought Coke (sometimes actual Coke, sometimes Coke Zero) a few times from Walmart, in big 24-packs.  Several times, mostly with the Coke Zero, I found a can of Coke that had leaked out.  In *one* case, it had actually leaked out while it was in the box, and the box was damp (and leaked in my kitchen).  However, the other several times it happened, there was a can that was mostly empty, but it wasn't leaking and there was no wetness anywhere.  So either it leaked out at some point earlier, or the can never got filled all the way.  Also, not infrequently, a large number of the cans in the case would have distorted tops that were misshapen and hard to drink from.  The middle of the top would be as much as an inch higher than the sides.  I've been contemplating talking to Walmart about it, but trying to figure out how to do so.  I'm concerned they might think that I'm just not being gentle enough with the cases.  I'm assuming either somebody is throwing the cases, or that somehow the drinks are getting damaged in production or shipping.  I've never had this happen at any other store, though.
Sounds like the cases have gotten frozen, MP.  That will distort the shape of the can; remember that water expands as it freezes.  If it expands enough that it creates a pinhole crack, then the soda will leak away.  Is there a particular time of year that you notice it more than others?

I remember taking a sixpack back to the store because one of the cans was empty and I could see a pinhole at the bottom.  Come to find out that DD2 had taken it out of that plastic ring thingummy that holds them together, poked the hole herself, sucked out the contents, and put it back in the plastic ring.  Kids! ::)
Or if you are in a hot area the cans got so hot they exploded. had that happen in the back of my car - joys of living in the subtropics.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1754 on: October 04, 2013, 08:58:49 PM »
Could be "old Husband"   ;D

Mine is nearly 70 ;)

Hey!  Watch it!!   :(

What? Nothing wrong with that. Mine is 70 + one month and still does quite well. If I ever used "DH", I would be tempted to use "OH" now that it's been mentioned.  :)

I realize that being 'over seventy' qualifies one as being "old", especially to people who are under 70!  But I don't think of myself as being "old" and don't especially enjoy being categorized that way.  :)