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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2025 on: November 26, 2013, 04:01:19 PM »
On a whole other topic, I tried to find the stupid criminal thread (link anyone?) but failed, so I present to you: When hiring a contract killer, it's really best not to call your intended victim at the same time. Actually, I take that back. Please do call the intended victim. Makes it much easier to catch you quickly, and helps protect your target.
http://www.kait8.com/story/24068938/jpd-man-receives-accidental-phone-call-from-ex-boss-plotting-his-death?hpt=ju_bn5

Pretty dumb hitman, too.

Hey, I want you to kill someone for me!

Why?

I owe him a bunch of money. Say, I'll give you a downpayment, and most of it after you finish.

Hmmm. OK, sounds like a deal!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2026 on: November 27, 2013, 12:32:02 PM »

On a whole other topic, I tried to find the stupid criminal thread (link anyone?) but failed, so I present to you: When hiring a contract killer, it's really best not to call your intended victim at the same time. Actually, I take that back. Please do call the intended victim. Makes it much easier to catch you quickly, and helps protect your target.
http://www.kait8.com/story/24068938/jpd-man-receives-accidental-phone-call-from-ex-boss-plotting-his-death?hpt=ju_bn5

Here is that link. http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130550.0;topicseen

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2027 on: November 27, 2013, 12:51:34 PM »
Regarding the link posted by Jedikaiti, the man shopping the murder contract was a car dealer and has admitted submitting falsified VIN numbers in order to scam money from finance companies.  Isn't that the plot to Fargo?  And we know how well that ended up.

LOL!  While I was reading the article, I thought to myself, "Did we learn NOTHING from Fargo?"

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2028 on: November 27, 2013, 05:12:46 PM »
Here's the one I got a few days ago:

From: Prof. Cham Tao Soon (csoon@bell.hu)

To: undiscolosed-recipients

I am Chan Tao Soon, Chairman Audit Committee of UOB Bank, Singapore.  I have a Business Offer for you.


Yours,

Chan Tao Soon


Seems legit, right?<sarcasm>  I looked up the .hu email and it's Hungary.  Yeah......


Well, at least everything is spelled correctly.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2029 on: November 27, 2013, 05:38:06 PM »

On a whole other topic, I tried to find the stupid criminal thread (link anyone?) but failed, so I present to you: When hiring a contract killer, it's really best not to call your intended victim at the same time. Actually, I take that back. Please do call the intended victim. Makes it much easier to catch you quickly, and helps protect your target.
http://www.kait8.com/story/24068938/jpd-man-receives-accidental-phone-call-from-ex-boss-plotting-his-death?hpt=ju_bn5

Here is that link. http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130550.0;topicseen

Thanks!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2030 on: December 09, 2013, 07:32:27 AM »
I had a great one last night.

Man stops me on the street, tells me he's just moved to my area that day and has locked himself out of his flat and needs money for the bus fare to get to his landlord's.

Respectably dressed, posh accent.

I have to say I took a certain amount of glee in declining him by saying "no, because you tried that line on me last week".

(He didn't get any money out of me that time either. "Bus fare" is a common scam where I live.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2031 on: December 09, 2013, 07:59:48 AM »
That's hilarious Fi! Guess he needs to vary his lines.

Don't know if I mentioned this one, but someone tried a 'train fare' scam on some friends of mine years ago. He said he was stuck in Big City and couldn't get home to Far Town. The friends happened to live in Far Town ;D and offered him a ride, as well as asking him what street he lived on and whether he knew so-and-so, etc. They sad he couldn't back away fast enough. :P
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2032 on: December 09, 2013, 08:25:51 AM »
He did vary his lines! Landlord had moved from Clapham to Finchley!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2033 on: December 09, 2013, 10:55:48 AM »
That's hilarious Fi! Guess he needs to vary his lines.

Don't know if I mentioned this one, but someone tried a 'train fare' scam on some friends of mine years ago. He said he was stuck in Big City and couldn't get home to Far Town. The friends happened to live in Far Town ;D and offered him a ride, as well as asking him what street he lived on and whether he knew so-and-so, etc. They sad he couldn't back away fast enough. :P

I've had this happen to me somewhat; I have had people give me a sob story and ask for bus fare.  I tell them sorry, I don't have any cash but I have bus tickets if that would help (our public transporation you can use cash, tickets or pass) - and surprise they decline
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2034 on: December 09, 2013, 11:07:24 AM »
There was a young man standing outside the electronics store trying to sell two video games to raise cash. We have a Wii, but only game on our desktop, so I was not in his market. I did helpfully suggest Craigslist or half.com, but he told me that would take too long.  :(
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2035 on: December 09, 2013, 12:58:09 PM »
I've had this happen to me somewhat; I have had people give me a sob story and ask for bus fare.  I tell them sorry, I don't have any cash but I have bus tickets if that would help (our public transporation you can use cash, tickets or pass) - and surprise they decline

I've had good luck with giving bus tickets in those situations, but probably because I've only offered them to people I believed might not be trying to scam me and whom I might have given cash if I'd had it. Whether they were scamming me or not they all had the good grace to thank me for the tickets they'd likely use eventually.

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« Reply #2036 on: December 09, 2013, 02:17:41 PM »
I've had this happen to me somewhat; I have had people give me a sob story and ask for bus fare.  I tell them sorry, I don't have any cash but I have bus tickets if that would help (our public transporation you can use cash, tickets or pass) - and surprise they decline

I've had good luck with giving bus tickets in those situations, but probably because I've only offered them to people I believed might not be trying to scam me and whom I might have given cash if I'd had it. Whether they were scamming me or not they all had the good grace to thank me for the tickets they'd likely use eventually.

There was one guy in the outdoor shopping center that's famous in the area for its buskers, he was always sitting outside cheerfully with his dog. He'd never harass anyone, just sit there and sing songs and have his dog do tricks. I asked him one day if he'd like a hamburger from McDonald's, and his face just lit up like I'd offered him a hundred dollar bill. I got three, two for him and one for his dog, and he was so nice about it.

Most of the buskers/hustlers in the area I won't even look at, I'll glass my eyes over them, but this guy was just always polite to everyone. I looked at it like if he was honestly in need, I gave him a meal. If he wasn't, at least I'm only out $3 for burgers, and he still got to eat while he was out there that day.

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« Reply #2037 on: December 09, 2013, 05:17:58 PM »
The US Ambassador to Nigeria is going ot deliver my money in person.  Poor guy needs sa bit of remedial English coursework.

OFFICE OF THE US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
11 GARKI ROAD ABUJA
ABUJA, NIGERIA.
WITHOUT MINCING WORDS, I AM CONVINCED 100% THAT YOU HAVE HAD BITTER EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS SCAMMERS CLAIMING TO BE HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BANKS AND THEREBY DEFRAUDING YOU OF YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY. THE ACTIVITIES OF THESE SCAMMERS HAS CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ABOUT CONDUCTING BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET AND YOU NOW BELIEVED THERE IS NO GENUINE BUSINESS THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNET. WELL I AM AMERICAN AND THE INTERNET WAS CREATED BY AMERICANS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING; AWARENESS FOR YOUR PRODUCTS/ SERVICES AND CONDUCTING GENUINE BUSINESS WITH EASE. I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO DELIVER THE DIPLOMATIC CONSIGNMENT TO YOU.I Am A FULL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BUT I WAS ON A MISSION HERE IN NIGERIA AS A US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
HENCE, I AM MAKING EVERY EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT NO CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES IS CHEATED BY NIGERIA/BENIN REPUBLIC. THEREFORE, I NEED YOUR UTMOST SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING TO ACTUALIZE THIS DREAM. I ALSO WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DO TRUST YOU AND I EXPECT YOU TO SHOW ME THE SAME TRUST AND RESPECT IN RETURN SINCE TRUST IS A 2-WAY STREET. ON THE OTHER HAND, TRUST IS A relationship OF RELIANCE. TRUST ALSO MEANS BEING ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL DO AND WHAT SITUATIONS WILL OCCUR.
I SHALL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING ON FRIDAY AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF $15.5M ALONG WITH ME BUT THIS TIME I WILL NOT GO THROUGH CUSTOMS BECAUSE AS AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE VETO POWER TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS. AS SOON AS I AM THROUGH WITH THE MEETING I SHALL THEN PROCEED TO YOUR ADDRESS. (SEND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER AND THE ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT ME TO BRING THE PACKAGE).
YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER. YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. CHECK HERE: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/biography.html  YOUR PACKAGE($15.5M) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADORIAL PACKAGE FOR ME TO DEFEAT ALL ODDS AND THE COST OF THE REGISTERING  IS $150.THE FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE NEXT 50 HOURS VIA WESTERN UNION SO THAT ALL NECESSARY ARRANGEMENT CAN BE MADE BEFORE TIME WILL BE AGAINST US. CONTACT MY SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY FOR THE REGISTERING FEE WHICH IS $150 ONLY.
CONTACT PERSON: Ochei Frank
SECRETARY TO US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
EMAIL: (redacted)
Phone (redacted).
AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE FEE MAKE SURE YOU SEND ME THE PAYMENT INFORMATION. MY FLIGHT IS THURSDAY AND I EXPECT YOU TO COMPLY BEFORE THEN SO THAT THE DELIVERY CAN BE COMPLETED. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY, THEN IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.

THANK YOU

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2038 on: December 09, 2013, 09:08:54 PM »
On a whole other topic, I tried to find the stupid criminal thread (link anyone?) but failed, so I present to you: When hiring a contract killer, it's really best not to call your intended victim at the same time. Actually, I take that back. Please do call the intended victim. Makes it much easier to catch you quickly, and helps protect your target.
http://www.kait8.com/story/24068938/jpd-man-receives-accidental-phone-call-from-ex-boss-plotting-his-death?hpt=ju_bn5

Pretty dumb hitman, too.

Hey, I want you to kill someone for me!

Why?

I owe him a bunch of money. Say, I'll give you a downpayment, and most of it after you finish.

Hmmm. OK, sounds like a deal!

That's basically the plot to Killer Joe.

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« Reply #2039 on: December 10, 2013, 01:48:21 PM »
I had almost forgotten about this, but the bus fare story brought it back (even though this isn't about bus fare!).

I have a cousin who is always having some tough times. When she was just out of high school, she called my mom with a sob story about how her mother kicked her out, and was so terrible, and could Mom loan her some money for a hotel room for a couple of nights, so things could cool down?

We didn't have a lot of money growing up, so Mom told her that she could stay with us for a few days. Mom would have done anything for Cousin, who had just lost her father (my dad's oldest brother) a few months prior. Cousin said, "Well that's not going to help any!" and hung up! Turns out, cousin's "tough times" were directly related to her drug problems. Drug problems we didn't know about, until my Mom called her mom to find out what was going on, and to tell her about that weird phone call. Cousin got kicked out because her mom was sick of her daughter doing drugs, and had just had it.

Cousin has since:

1. Convinced an uncle to try to get money out of everyone in the family during a holiday meal (to which she had been invited, as she had every family function, but never attended), because she's been having a rough time financially, being a single parent and all.

Let me repeat that: he asked ME, a single mother without much money, to give money to my cousin, because "she's a single mom having a rough time financially" (I should know how tough it is, after all).

I declined, as did my parents, and most of the rest of the family. Uncle was ticked off when he found out that the "different car" my cousin claimed she needed money for actually meant "meth". He had given her nearly $1000, a ton of help with food, and got his heart broken, but learned a very valuable lesson in return. She had no use for him after it was clear no more money would be forthcoming.

2. Showed up to my grandpa's funeral expecting an inheritance. Hello, Grandma is still alive! There is no inheritance! Grandma had been begging for Cousin to visit while grandpa was sick, but she always had some excuse, even though rides were offered, and grandma begged her to bring her son so grandpa could meet him (no gas money, no babysitter, etc). To show up at the funeral dinner AFTER grandpa burial was just too much. She had her son with her, and all of us were so drained that we just made them plates of food, and tried to make the most of getting a chance to know her son (first time we had met him! My grandpa never got to meet him!) and her fiancé.

3. Periodically writes the same grandmother with her latest sob story about how her husband can't find a job because people just don't understand him (how about you show up to the job you have on time, and not under the influence of drugs, don't steal, and you might be able to keep a job?).  She claims that she is now drug free, but things are just so hard, because she can't work  because people unfairly judge her, and they have to live with his parents (his dad is a registered sex offender), and it's so hard raising a child, etc, etc. My grandma has her number, though. 

4. Claimed to have cancer, to solicit financial help from family members. When she got a "we're sorry, but we don't have anything to spare right now, but we can drive you to and from appointments, and watch your son", it was funny how fast that second opinion found there was no cancer after all... It's like she spends months planning and researching her pleas for money...

Let's just say that we've pretty much washed our hands of her. She's still family, but she's shown that we can't believe a word that comes out of her mouth. She needs serious help.