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MrTango

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6195 on: January 21, 2017, 04:05:08 AM »
I've had several unwanted calls this week, asking if I'm bothered by unwanted calls... I believe they wanted a credit card number and then the calls would cease. Yeah, right.

That's a new one, or at least one I haven't heard before.

nutraxfornerves

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6196 on: January 21, 2017, 09:49:35 AM »
I spotted spam about a product for men who wish to be more manly. It was a very bad machine translation. It was good to know that the product will help users "pick up a quality time with your accomplice."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6197 on: January 21, 2017, 02:46:24 PM »
I spotted spam about a product for men who wish to be more manly. It was a very bad machine translation. It was good to know that the product will help users "pick up a quality time with your accomplice."

 >:D  sounds like it is targeted to jailed men 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6198 on: January 21, 2017, 05:31:19 PM »
DH has a phone number that is for immediate family only, we never use it at any other time.

It has been ringing this week, and he finally got a voicemail, and it was from someone asking about a 2013 pickup for sale.

We don't have anything for sale and never use that number.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6199 on: Yesterday at 02:01:15 AM »
DH has a phone number that is for immediate family only, we never use it at any other time.

It has been ringing this week, and he finally got a voicemail, and it was from someone asking about a 2013 pickup for sale.

We don't have anything for sale and never use that number.

That might be a wrong number in the ad or they might've dialed wrong, though. Some car dealership goofed up and used our hotel's 800-number in their ads and emails. I was very perplexed by the sudden rash of calls to the dealership I got until someone said "but this is the number in their email!"  Yes, I said, but they put down our hotel's by accident.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6200 on: Yesterday at 02:27:51 AM »
DH has a phone number that is for immediate family only, we never use it at any other time.

It has been ringing this week, and he finally got a voicemail, and it was from someone asking about a 2013 pickup for sale.

We don't have anything for sale and never use that number.

That might be a wrong number in the ad or they might've dialed wrong, though. Some car dealership goofed up and used our hotel's 800-number in their ads and emails. I was very perplexed by the sudden rash of calls to the dealership I got until someone said "but this is the number in their email!"  Yes, I said, but they put down our hotel's by accident.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6201 on: Yesterday at 06:19:03 AM »
DH has a phone number that is for immediate family only, we never use it at any other time.

It has been ringing this week, and he finally got a voicemail, and it was from someone asking about a 2013 pickup for sale.

We don't have anything for sale and never use that number.

That might be a wrong number in the ad or they might've dialed wrong, though. Some car dealership goofed up and used our hotel's 800-number in their ads and emails. I was very perplexed by the sudden rash of calls to the dealership I got until someone said "but this is the number in their email!"  Yes, I said, but they put down our hotel's by accident.

The company I work for gets people calling us for help with a product we don't even sell.  We found out that the service offering misprinted the support phone # for help on their product box which is for my company's customers.  We have to give out the correct number at least a few times a week.   Some people have gotten angry with us when we explained the misprint and then after going back & forth they finally take the correct number to call.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6202 on: Yesterday at 08:00:32 AM »
DH has a phone number that is for immediate family only, we never use it at any other time.

It has been ringing this week, and he finally got a voicemail, and it was from someone asking about a 2013 pickup for sale.

We don't have anything for sale and never use that number.

That might be a wrong number in the ad or they might've dialed wrong, though. Some car dealership goofed up and used our hotel's 800-number in their ads and emails. I was very perplexed by the sudden rash of calls to the dealership I got until someone said "but this is the number in their email!"  Yes, I said, but they put down our hotel's by accident.

The company I work for gets people calling us for help with a product we don't even sell.  We found out that the service offering misprinted the support phone # for help on their product box which is for my company's customers.  We have to give out the correct number at least a few times a week.   Some people have gotten angry with us when we explained the misprint and then after going back & forth they finally take the correct number to call.

My company accidentally sent out flyers with 800 instead of 888 prefix. It wouldn't be so bad except 800 is the number for....er....adults. ;)

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« Reply #6203 on: Yesterday at 02:42:33 PM »
I posted this elsewhere, I think.  About 35 years ago we lived very near a major university in North Carolina. Our phone number was 1 digit different from that of the campus police.  We got a number of mistaken calls, but my favorite one was about 3pm one day. A guy called and identified himself as the cashier at the campus student restaurant. He said he had about $25,000 and was ready to meet me at a specific location (presumably for a police escort to the bank).  I told him, "I'll be right over, honey!"  He said, "This isn't the campus police, is it?"  When I replied, "Nope, but don't you move, I'll be right there!," he hung up on me. Darn!
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« Reply #6204 on: Yesterday at 05:35:12 PM »
I posted this elsewhere, I think.  About 35 years ago we lived very near a major university in North Carolina. Our phone number was 1 digit different from that of the campus police.  We got a number of mistaken calls, but my favorite one was about 3pm one day. A guy called and identified himself as the cashier at the campus student restaurant. He said he had about $25,000 and was ready to meet me at a specific location (presumably for a police escort to the bank).  I told him, "I'll be right over, honey!"  He said, "This isn't the campus police, is it?"  When I replied, "Nope, but don't you move, I'll be right there!," he hung up on me. Darn!
I used to work for a major university in NC. A doctor printed prescription pads with our number instead of his (one digit was wrong). Until I figured out what had happened, we got calls from people who, in spite of our message being very clearly for a university program, not a doctor's office, would leave messages with their patient's social security number, medical problems, list of prescriptions, birth dates and other things we really should not know.  :o

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #6205 on: Yesterday at 06:20:25 PM »
For those who live in the US --
The Overdue Power Bill scam is rearing its ugly head again.  In this scam you get a phone call saying that you owe a lot of money, often more than $1000 to the power company.  You have to pay that money right.this.minute by giving the caller your credit card or bank account number.  The caller says that power company employees are on the way to turn off your power if you don't pay right now. 

Its a scam.  There is no past-due bill.  If you get a call like that hang up.   If you are concerned that the bill might be real call your power company. 

This per the NBC national news this evening.


Another variation is common in my area.  The scammers target families with Hispanic last names, hoping that the person who answers will not be fluent in English and thus easier to scam.