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#### Yarnspinner

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« Reply #1950 on: November 11, 2013, 11:09:34 AM »
What makes me so mad, is the people that actually get taken in by these things. I was speaking to a friend of mine, and he was telling me about an opportunity he had heard about, something about selling knives door to door? At the beginning of the conversation, I almost said wow! Who falls for those scams! And then he said, don't you think that's a good idea? We never spoke about it again, but I pray he didn't actually send money to these people

You'd be amazed at the otherwise intelligent people who do get sucked in on these things.

When we first connected to the Internet in the library, I was a little more sophisticated than others, thanks to Mr. Thipu.  We received a classic, early Nigerian scam.  I printed it out and passed it around for a laugh.  The Uber-Boss seriously considered it.

(Where is the batting-your-head-against-a-brick wall smiley when you need one?)

Thipu, you and I work together, don't we?  Because, hand on my heart, I swear Stonecold would go for this in two minutes.  Given all the cash she's spent on scammy stuff in the past, I have no doubt this would be right up her alley.

#### Catananche

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« Reply #1951 on: November 11, 2013, 04:48:13 PM »
What makes me so mad, is the people that actually get taken in by these things. I was speaking to a friend of mine, and he was telling me about an opportunity he had heard about, something about selling knives door to door? At the beginning of the conversation, I almost said wow! Who falls for those scams! And then he said, don't you think that's a good idea? We never spoke about it again, but I pray he didn't actually send money to these people

You'd be amazed at the otherwise intelligent people who do get sucked in on these things.

When we first connected to the Internet in the library, I was a little more sophisticated than others, thanks to Mr. Thipu.  We received a classic, early Nigerian scam.  I printed it out and passed it around for a laugh.  The Uber-Boss seriously considered it.

(Where is the batting-your-head-against-a-brick wall smiley when you need one?)

Thipu, you and I work together, don't we?  Because, hand on my heart, I swear Stonecold would go for this in two minutes.  Given all the cash she's spent on scammy stuff in the past, I have no doubt this would be right up her alley.

The company I worked for received it by fax. In 1986. And my boss was also seriously considering it. I only showed the fax to him because I thought it was hilarious and insane that anyone would fall for it. Yeah, all my boss saw were those millions coming his (or our departments) way. It took 4 secretaries and two of his patent attorneys to explain to him that it was a scam. To this day I don't think he believed us.
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#### Dazi

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« Reply #1952 on: November 11, 2013, 05:02:15 PM »
Often the first new employee conversation had at any company I ever worked for was "Do not give any caller our printer's model number".
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« Reply #1953 on: November 12, 2013, 01:03:21 PM »
Often the first new employee conversation had at any company I ever worked for was "Do not give any caller our printer's model number".

Thanks to a poster on here, the model number I give out is NCC -1701-D

#### jedikaiti

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« Reply #1954 on: November 12, 2013, 01:09:35 PM »
Often the first new employee conversation had at any company I ever worked for was "Do not give any caller our printer's model number".

Thanks to a poster on here, the model number I give out is NCC -1701-D

Having recently watched Alien Ressurection, I'd be inclined to give the non-eHell-approved E-A T-M E
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#### Sedorna

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« Reply #1955 on: November 12, 2013, 01:11:24 PM »
Often the first new employee conversation had at any company I ever worked for was "Do not give any caller our printer's model number".

Thanks to a poster on here, the model number I give out is NCC -1701-D

I think that T4RD1S-40 would also be an excellent model number to give out.

#### cwm

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« Reply #1956 on: November 12, 2013, 01:20:21 PM »
Often the first new employee conversation had at any company I ever worked for was "Do not give any caller our printer's model number".

Thanks to a poster on here, the model number I give out is NCC -1701-D

I think that T4RD1S-40 would also be an excellent model number to give out.

R-2 3-P-0 is also a fun one.

#### z_squared82

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« Reply #1957 on: November 13, 2013, 03:25:44 PM »
None I can recall yet. Posting for updates.

#### magicdomino

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« Reply #1958 on: November 14, 2013, 06:52:26 PM »
Looks like I got scammed, but I got to give the lady credit for her acting skills.

On my way to the parking garage this evening, a tearful woman stopped me with a tale about how she had been in an accident.  Jessica was all right, but her car had to be towed, leaving her with no way to get home.  The commuter buses and trains were long gone. She didn't have enough money for cab fare home, because she just moved here from Atlanta and hadn't received her ATM card yet.   (I forgot to ask about credit cards, but undoubtedly there would have been an embarrassed admission about bad credit.)  She first asked if I could give her a ride, but she lives way out in Maryland.  Jessica worried about her little 3 year old daughter at day care, she's a good Christian woman, she just moved here and doesn't know anyone.  Of course she would pay me back, with extra even, she works right here in Crystal City for the Dept of Commerce, she'd be so grateful.  Much touching on the shoulder with suppressed sobs.  Even a brief mention of a possible mutual co-worker, and repeated mention of Officer Tate, the police officer at the accident scene.

I asked what the cab fare was.  $149. Sorry, I don't have that much money. Jessica pointed out that there is an ATM nearby. No, sorry, I paid bills this week. "Can you at least give me$80, I'll pay you back tomorrow as soon as I get a money order from the credit union.  I have $4,300 in my account." Finally, I gave her$20 for the subway, which would at least get her to Maryland, despite a final plea for $40. She wrote her name, address, and phone number. I Googled the information as soon as I got home. Is anyone surprised that Lane Drive is in Virginia, not Maryland, and the phone number is a mobile, also in Virginia but based over a hundred miles away? (Remember, Jessica said she was from Georgia.) I gave her my first name and office number. I do not expect a call, although if she does, she may be surprised to find out it is a law enforcement agency. You know, the sad thing is that scammers mess it up for people who have legitimate problems. That's basically why I gave her the$20 despite my suspicions.  I can afford to lose that if it was a scam, and who knows, she might have been in real trouble.

#### Katana_Geldar

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« Reply #1959 on: November 14, 2013, 07:02:58 PM »
If she can't get any money out, what you can do is take her to a branch if her bank and they will give her money over the counter if she provides photo ID and her signature.

Oh wait, I just saw that it was late so the banks are probably not open.

You're right that the bad ones ruin it for the others genuinely in need.

#### z_squared82

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« Reply #1960 on: November 15, 2013, 08:35:58 AM »
Oh, remembered one.

Back when I work at a fragrance counter, we stacked our gift sets on the counters, with one opened and shrink wrapped to show the contents. I was helping two woman, a mother and daughter, I think. The mother was older, in a wheel chair. She decided on something she wanted to buy, so I was processing that transaction, helping the woman sign the credit card pad, which was not easy with her being in that wheelchair. The daughter walked around the side of the counter where I couldn’t really see her, but I figured she was just looking at something while her mom was paying. We finished up, and they went on their merry way.

An hour or so later, I’m walking around the bays picking up stray spray strips, and I see that two Armani gifts sets have had the shrink wrap ripped and the full-size bottles of fragrance taken. I knew immediately who it was, although that mother/daughter pair were long gone. I felt really bad (even though my manager said I had done nothing wrong) and was more vigilant from then on. We actually moved the gift sets out of reach for a while, then corporate said we had to go back to putting them on the counter so it would look right.

#### gramma dishes

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« Reply #1961 on: November 15, 2013, 10:00:58 AM »
^^^  It's too bad your store didn't catch that on camera.  I'd have gone after them.  After all, you had their credit card information.

So sad to see a Loving Daughter/Wheelchairbound Mother theft combo.

#### Thipu1

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« Reply #1962 on: November 15, 2013, 10:17:23 AM »
^^^  It's too bad your store didn't catch that on camera.  I'd have gone after them.  After all, you had their credit card information.

So sad to see a Loving Daughter/Wheelchairbound Mother theft combo.

Sorry to be cynical but I'd be willing to bet the the Mother wasn't quite as incapacitated as she seemed.

#### gramma dishes

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« Reply #1963 on: November 15, 2013, 10:38:53 AM »
^^^  It's too bad your store didn't catch that on camera.  I'd have gone after them.  After all, you had their credit card information.

So sad to see a Loving Daughter/Wheelchairbound Mother theft combo.

Sorry to be cynical but I'd be willing to bet the the Mother wasn't quite as incapacitated as she seemed.

Actually, that was also the point I was trying to imply without coming right out and calling it a scam.  I totally agree with you.

#### z_squared82

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« Reply #1964 on: November 15, 2013, 12:22:48 PM »
^^^  It's too bad your store didn't catch that on camera.  I'd have gone after them.  After all, you had their credit card information.

So sad to see a Loving Daughter/Wheelchairbound Mother theft combo.

Sorry to be cynical but I'd be willing to bet the the Mother wasn't quite as incapacitated as she seemed.

Actually, that was also the point I was trying to imply without coming right out and calling it a scam.  I totally agree with you.

Yeah, we (the cosmetics dept. employees) speculated that the wheelchair might have been a scam, too. But no proof. And I think they did check the cameras, but it was pointed in a different direction, or something. It's not like security would have kept me in the loop anyway, no matter how much they may have liked me.