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Coralreef

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2520 on: April 14, 2014, 03:50:48 PM »
What I find interesting is that such a important government agency has a Yahoo mail address.  ;D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2521 on: April 16, 2014, 02:53:38 PM »
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2522 on: April 17, 2014, 11:55:59 AM »
Posts about shoe stores in another thread reminded me about something I witnessed several years ago. I was shopping in a shoe shore and saw the cashier ring up a customer. Turned out the customer put expensive shoes in boxes marked with a lower price. Sadly for them, the store scan the barcode sticker on the shoes, not the boxes >:D. They tried to get the cashier to give them the price on the box. Then when the jig was up, they tried to say it was just a mistake; that perhaps the shoes were put in the wrong box by a previous customer. I'm rolling my eyes because one box may be a mistake; five or more is not.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2523 on: April 22, 2014, 06:33:10 PM »
Today I got a very legitimate looking email that seemed to be from my phone provider.

There were a couple of things that made me question - first, I wasn't sure if the provider gave email notifications on account issues. On the other hand, if a subscriber has online billing, then yes, then email would make sense.

Second, the actual website had the copyright as 2014 [Company] Communications and the email just said 2014 [Company].
A very small difference, but it still seemed off.

So I went to the website and got an agent from my provider on chat.
She said that yes, they do send notification emails.

I said that the email included a clickable icon (same kind as the Company uses) but did not have an option for logging in through the company website, which struck me as "off".

She asked me if it said anything threatening.
D'oh! I completely missed the "Scammer 101" trick of "Act NOW or Doom will fall on your head!" where the email said I had 24 hours to respond or my service would be cut off.

She quickly confirmed that it was a phishing email.
Which, at that point, my Captain Oblivious meter had turned on and I realized the text of the email gave it away. (Guess I was so caught up looking for the small clues that I missed the big one!)

So I sent it to the abuse email and all is good. At least the provider has a sample and can warn other subscribers.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2524 on: April 28, 2014, 03:36:21 PM »
I finally got the "Windows support" scam phone call this weekend you guys!

We've been getting the "Rachel from Card Services" ones (these might just be in the U.S.), and the "This is Stephanie, and I'm calling about your account," and free cruises, and Kirby vacuums, but never the Windows support one!

I've also been answering all the calls whether I recognize the number or not, figuring if I can talk to an actually person, I might be able to tell them to knock it the you-know-what off and stop calling us. Phone rings, "PRIVATE CALLER," I answer:

Scammer: This is Sameer, and I am calling from Windows support about your computer, okay?

Me: Oh, you're full of cr*p. *hangs up*

I don't know why I'm so delighted that we finally got that one. My only regret is that I didn't string him along, or think of a better response.

nayberry

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2525 on: April 28, 2014, 04:07:41 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2526 on: April 29, 2014, 11:17:41 AM »
My sister-in-law:  I am now wise to her dropping off her son in the afternoon to "hang out with us" when we go to visit.  ("Oh you are staying at a hotel that has a pool!")  Doesn't matter if it is noon, 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 every.single.time nephew has not eaten lunch.  No more!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2527 on: April 29, 2014, 02:09:31 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2528 on: April 29, 2014, 04:00:58 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D

I lost two hours at work (thankfully we are reactive so no issue there) reading this web page.  My office mate wondered why I was laughing like a loon.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2529 on: April 30, 2014, 12:59:03 PM »
My university and the surrounding area have a fairly high number of panhandlers. Some have pets.

Yesterday I saw one of the usual panhandlers with his dog. Talking on his iPhone 5. Walking down the street.

Today I saw a new panhandler who put her very nice Galaxy 4 phone in her bra before unfolding her sign to ask for money.

I know there are programs for subsidized phones, but neither of those phone models are included and cost in excess of $500, which would pay for a hotel room to share.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2530 on: April 30, 2014, 01:36:35 PM »
Yeah, I have seen ads at the Headstart and other places around here for the kinds of phones you can get and they're very basic phones, I doubt they even issue smartphones at all.
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Amoreade

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2531 on: April 30, 2014, 05:50:44 PM »
Having a good phone isn't indicative of being well off, those phones could be gifts or hand-me-downs.

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« Reply #2532 on: April 30, 2014, 05:54:51 PM »
True, but the cost for a data plan is expensive.
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Amoreade

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2533 on: April 30, 2014, 06:02:25 PM »
True, but the cost for a data plan is expensive.
Not all of them. Plus if the phone is a gift the plan may be a part of it, I pay my brothers phone bill as he couldn't afford it on his own and it's worth it to be able to contact him.

nayberry

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2534 on: April 30, 2014, 06:09:52 PM »
so the back story,  the OP had fraudulent charges and the card provider didn't believe them/didn't care,  when it was passed on to a debt collection agency (whilst still being disputed) the OP decided to have a little fun.

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=741653&highlight=fun+debitas

i don't think there's any really bad language, but it'll make you laugh at the ingenuity :)

This guy is wonderfully evil! >:D

I lost two hours at work (thankfully we are reactive so no issue there) reading this web page.  My office mate wondered why I was laughing like a loon.


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