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artk2002

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2460 on: March 31, 2014, 10:00:16 PM »
Just got a call from someone in an obvious boiler room (lots of chatter in the background.) Asking for Mrs.k2002 and saying that they were from the "US Department of Health Care." I suggested that he leave us alone.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2461 on: March 31, 2014, 10:09:05 PM »
DH was eager to tell me about a strange phone call we got this morning from "Computer Support" about viruses on our computer  ::)  He was curious, so he played along - they walked him through checking something in the start menu, counting the number of stopped processes (which means absolutely nothing, honestly), and then tried to direct him to go to some website and download a remote-access program so they can "fix the computer remotely."  Otherwise known as "install a keylogger and steal your bank passwords."

DH thought this was so novel and hilarious - I didn't have the heart to tell him we probably get one of those a week  :P  Just as well he's a programmer and knew exactly what was going on . . .

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2462 on: March 31, 2014, 11:51:23 PM »
 I've see this several times:
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Upon receipt of your custom ATM card you will be allowed to withdraw $10,000 per day by default and you are given the option to transfer funds from your ATM card to your bank account.
All the US ATMs that I've seen will let you withdraw about $300 per day max.  I don't know how much money they're loaded with daily, but I'm pretty sure that dispensing $10,000 to one individual would drain one dry. 
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2463 on: April 01, 2014, 12:30:42 AM »
Elfmama wrote:

" I don't know how much money they're loaded with daily, but I'm pretty sure that dispensing $10,000 to one individual would drain one dry."

A typical ATM can hold somewhere around a quarter million dollars fully loaded, although most aren't loaded with more than $150,000.  Still, one disbursal of ten grand wouldn't slow it down.  The cash limit is to minimize theft by fraudulent card use, mostly.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2464 on: April 01, 2014, 02:24:08 AM »

Oz ATM's and EFTPOS have an $800 limit. I think it might have been lifted to $1000 recently with some banks, but the majority still have $800 as the daily use limit.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2465 on: April 01, 2014, 02:45:42 AM »

Oz ATM's and EFTPOS have an $800 limit. I think it might have been lifted to $1000 recently with some banks, but the majority still have $800 as the daily use limit.

I'm also in Oz and that very much depends on the ATM and your card provider. Mine will do $2,000 per withdrawal, up to $10,000 a day, if I elect to have it do so. $800 is just the default for them, not the maximum.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2466 on: April 01, 2014, 09:42:05 AM »
What really kind of stuns me about these scammers is that if they came up with a more realistic amount more people would bite - $15,500,000 is so ridiculous that most people know it's a scam immediately.

Had they come up with something like $7,000,  more of the unsuspecting public would find that believable and at least question it...giving them a second chance to make the scam work.

And I'm stunned that anyone would pay nearly $200 to get an ATM card shipped to them...how ridiculous does that even sound?

You learn about one scam and immediately ten new ones pop up, it's crazy. 


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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2467 on: April 01, 2014, 09:46:40 AM »
I got a call over the weekend looking for Mickey Gravy about a past due balance on a credit card... 

Well, hmm, Gravy is his last name I guess, but Mickey is my dog !

We warned you not to get Mickey his own credit card!!  Dogs are just so darned irresponsible with them.  ;D

It is much better to give them gift cards to the pet store.  That way you can control their spending and control their addiction to that beef jerky stuff.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2468 on: April 01, 2014, 10:19:20 AM »
I got a call over the weekend looking for Mickey Gravy about a past due balance on a credit card... 

Well, hmm, Gravy is his last name I guess, but Mickey is my dog !

We warned you not to get Mickey his own credit card!!  Dogs are just so darned irresponsible with them.  ;D

It is much better to give them gift cards to the pet store.  That way you can control their spending and control their addiction to that beef jerky stuff.

 :) :D ;D

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2469 on: April 01, 2014, 10:33:35 AM »
Look what I just got in my in box!

Update Personal Information
Dear Valued Customer,

     It has come to our attention that your PayPal account information needs to be updated as
part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud
on our website. If you could please take a few minutes out of your online experience and update
your personal records, you will not run into any problems in the future with the online service.

However, failure to update your records could result in account suspension. Please update your
records as soon as possible.

To update your account information, please download and open the attachment file that we sent
via this email, and simply open it with your web browser.

Once you have updated your account records, any activities going through your account will no
longer be interrupted.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please understand that this procedure is to keep you and
your account in a protected state.


I just think that is such fantastic customer service, for Paypal to track down an email address that I don't even have associated with Paypal in order to send me this information, and how convenient of them to send an attachment I can download!

It's to the point where I have very little pity for people who fall for this junk. It's all been around long enough that I think most people should just know better.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2470 on: April 01, 2014, 10:45:35 AM »
I'm going to have to spend a fortune on plane fares and lawyers next week. I have to be in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Seattle for the court appearances, all on the same day, unless I take care of them via the "attached document."

(I'm listening to our local community radio station, which has volunteer broadcaster. The 6 AM to 9 AM broadcaster just got April Fooled by the 9-12 broadcaster who called in to say "I'll be late because highway such & such is closed due to snow." The 6AM person announced it over the air, as they always report major road closures. The 9 AM person walked into the studio five minutes later. )

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2471 on: April 01, 2014, 01:35:57 PM »
We were looking to adopt some pets a while ago so I was looking on Craigslist. (We ended up getting one from a family who couldn't handle the energy and neediness of the cat, got a dog through a pet rescue) There was a warning on there about a couple individuals who would adopt a cat or a dog from a shelter, then turn around and sell it on Craigslist for at least double what they paid for their adoption fee. Apparently they had cycled through a ton of animals this way, to the point that someone posted pictures from several of their ads to help warn people away.

FTR, Craigslist doesn't allow high rehoming fees...I think I read the max is $50. These people were charging $200 or more for adorable puppies and kittens.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2472 on: April 01, 2014, 05:18:07 PM »
In among today's offerings was one with the following gem:
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I assure you that this transaction is 100 risks free and above board.
Snipped the rest of it, since it was a bog-standard "We have $49bazillion that we want to smuggle out of the country, and we have chosen YOU, perfect stranger who just happens to own an email account, to help us."
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2473 on: April 01, 2014, 08:11:39 PM »
My coworker is currently egging along one of the rent scammers - the type with the unbelievable low rent (half the going rate including utilities) but you send everything via western union cause they're out of state. She' didn't give any SS info, but they have her phone number and started texting. She contacted our local police and they're investigating. Kinda cool.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2474 on: April 02, 2014, 03:29:09 AM »
Apparently there are scams where hackers invade your computer, tell you that you have been found watching dodgy sites, and that you will have to pay up or go to prison. One father in Romania believed this and killed himself and his 4 year old son as he believed the massage and felt ashamed.

A lady in Derbyshire in the UK followed a link supposedly from the NHS about cancer sufferers, and it was a scam to download information from peoples computers. She followed it as she was waiting for results of tests for cancer herself. Luckily she realised that it was a con, and as it happened her tests were clear.