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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2610 on: May 15, 2014, 07:55:05 AM »
I'm now getting scam emails in italian.  I'm international people!

I've been getting them in French for weeks.  On my work email.  At the police department.

I took this to mean that Redwing's work email was at the police department, not that the email was coming from a police department.  It would be funny if a phishing email was hitting a police email.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2611 on: May 15, 2014, 08:18:49 AM »
The French emails are coming to my work email and I do work for the police.  They are not from any police agency.  My rudimentary knowledge of French from high school has enabled to me to determine that.  I'm sure I'll get another.  I've gotten three so far.  I believe I posted one several pages back.

Also, you'd be astonished at how many of these phishing emails I do get on my work email.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2612 on: May 15, 2014, 08:32:10 AM »
Years ago, I received a call at the DMV.  Customer was asking if she had left her wallet behind when she had been in earlier, and yes, we had found it.

She comes in the next day, and I verify that the license in the wallet was hers.  She is all smiles until she opens the wallet.  Where is her $500 in cash?  (There was maybe a dollar in it). 

Ma'am, I'm sorry but the only thing we really looked for was your ID.  We didn't take anything out of it.

"I had $500 in cash which I was going to use for Christmas shopping!"

I looked at her for a second, and then calmly said, "Then you need to contact the police and file a report."  She crumpled and left without a further word.  I don't know if she had planned a scam all along, or was just taking advantage of a situation, but we never heard from her or the police.

 ??? What did she think was going to happen? You'd just hand over $500 out of your pocket/register on her say-so without getting the police involved? I would love to know what some of these people are thinking (not much, I suspect).
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2613 on: May 15, 2014, 11:35:25 AM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2614 on: May 15, 2014, 11:39:53 AM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

At my job that would be a termination offense.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2615 on: May 15, 2014, 11:58:51 AM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

I would tend to agree, except it sounds very much like the dead letter office is being used to route the scammers to - given that the responses include "Well I've got his cell phone number; I'll try that" for a person who doesn't exist. A real customer wouldn't say that, but someone trying to pull you into a scammy toner purchase just might.

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« Reply #2616 on: May 15, 2014, 12:26:15 PM »
I agree, it sounds to me like scammers/salespeople are being sent there, who have nothing to do with the work.  I used to work at a library and we'd get the toner scam.  They'd ask for the person responsible for toner purchases.  That is done from a central office, not a branch library, and any sales person we had a relationship with would know that.  There's no way that one of my duties is to deal with them.  It wouldn't hurt my job if I did the voicemail thing, although it wouldn't have been possible for me.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2617 on: May 15, 2014, 12:55:01 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2618 on: May 15, 2014, 12:58:22 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

Some companies that doesn't matter. It would still be a termination offense at my job for creating the fake email/voicemail box and for directing callers into it. It doesn't matter if they are scammers or not.

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« Reply #2619 on: May 15, 2014, 01:03:02 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

That wasn't clear from the original post. Just that people asking for "a certain service" would be directed to a fake voice mail.

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« Reply #2620 on: May 15, 2014, 01:04:32 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

That wasn't clear from the original post. Just that people asking for "a certain service" would be directed to a fake voice mail.

It's part of the spiel. They ask for the name of the person "who handles your toner ordering" or whatever.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2621 on: May 15, 2014, 01:07:02 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

That wasn't clear from the original post. Just that people asking for "a certain service" would be directed to a fake voice mail.

It's part of the spiel. They ask for the name of the person "who handles your toner ordering" or whatever.

But the post i was responding to didn't say that. They just said when they ask for "a certain service" which could be a scam or it could be legitimate. Depends on the office and the service asked for. If they had actually said when people call who ask for the person in charge or ordering or whatever I wouldn't have thought anything of it.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2622 on: May 15, 2014, 01:09:02 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

That wasn't clear from the original post. Just that people asking for "a certain service" would be directed to a fake voice mail.

It's part of the spiel. They ask for the name of the person "who handles your toner ordering" or whatever.

But the post i was responding to didn't say that. They just said when they ask for "a certain service" which could be a scam or it could be legitimate. Depends on the office and the service asked for. If they had actually said when people call who ask for the person in charge or ordering or whatever I wouldn't have thought anything of it.

OK, I can't find the "certain service" post so never mind. :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2623 on: May 15, 2014, 01:22:40 PM »
If I get someone on the phone that I'm not quite sure what they are really looking for (scammer or just slow to get to the point) I use an alias.

One time had someone call and get my alias name then two hours later someone showed up for an appointment they had with Alias.  No such person here.  Hmmm.... it was an insurance salesman

this might be bad; but a coworker and I set up a fake voice mail.  The coworker is male and we used him to set up the voice mail.  So all calls asking who handles..blah blah blah go straight to this voice mail.

It's amusing some of the responses I get when I tell them he is unavailable (whether gone, not in, in a meeting, didn't answer his page, etc.).  Some tell me oh, that's okay I'll just send him an email - alrighty then  :D.  The one that I cracked up on was when the person told me they had is cell phone number and will just call him there  ;D

So to get out of having to do work you set up a fake account and just send people to that? I would be so mad if I was a customer and found out that instead of handling my issue you just sent me to the equivalent of the dead letter office.

what issues?? these are only for calls for people who want to sell, ink, toner, computer/office supplies

That wasn't clear from the original post. Just that people asking for "a certain service" would be directed to a fake voice mail.

It's part of the spiel. They ask for the name of the person "who handles your toner ordering" or whatever.

I didn't get that from the original post either, glad it was cleared up.

So does anyone ever go back and listen to all the messages?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2624 on: May 15, 2014, 08:37:48 PM »
So does anyone ever go back and listen to all the messages?

From my experience people like that generally don't leave messages. They hang up as soon as they get a voice mail and then call back at a later time.