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Old 06-05-2024, 02:01 AM   #37291
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One recent example was the woman who was very upset when the bank stopped her from sending most of her savings overseas. Turned out her boyfriend needed to money since he was in jail. A boyfried she had never met.
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Old 06-05-2024, 04:43 AM   #37292
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A few years old, but this one's definitely a doozy.
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Old 06-05-2024, 12:57 PM   #37293
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Sadly, all too often people fall for these things. And really, if you figure the cost of sending out several million emails as pennies, and if even one person falls for it, the economics are in your favour.
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Old 06-05-2024, 03:56 PM   #37294
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Prado's partner, Cory St. James, says he tried to point out the red flags that popped up. For example, he says, the seller only accepted payment in prepaid Visa and Mastercard gift cards. He says the family had to go to several different retail stores to purchase all the cards — adding a couple of Walmart stores actually refused to sell them, saying management feared a scam in the making because the family was buying so many.
Dang, they had so much warning, it's like a comedy skit.
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Old 06-05-2024, 06:03 PM   #37295
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Old 06-05-2024, 06:36 PM   #37296
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Old 06-05-2024, 09:03 PM   #37297
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Old 06-10-2024, 11:04 AM   #37298
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One recent example was the woman who was very upset when the bank stopped her from sending most of her savings overseas. Turned out her boyfriend needed to money since he was in jail. A boyfried she had never met.
We're getting those "I'm your grand-son/daughter" calls, which would be far less hysterical if they realized that we don't have KIDS. What, are kittens calling me from Kokomo?

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Old 06-10-2024, 11:16 AM   #37299
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We're getting those "I'm your grand-son/daughter" calls, which would be far less hysterical if they realized that we don't have KIDS. What, are kittens calling me from Kokomo?

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As that WhatsApp I got from my "son" that needed money because he had been robbed. Taking into account I don't have neither children nor cats... even Kokomo is not an option...
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Old 06-10-2024, 11:37 AM   #37300
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As that WhatsApp I got from my "son" that needed money because he had been robbed. Taking into account I don't have neither children nor cats... even Kokomo is not an option...
Yup, same thing, really. Meow-meow-meow-yow, Meow-meow-meow-yow, ...screw 'em. If they can call and annoy me, trying to misdirect me to some scam site, they can listen to a recording of my cranky Maine Coon when he's in a snivet. I say to them, "oh, then you want to speak to his Dad," and I play the recording.....mwhaahahah.

P.S. before ANYBODY lectures me (!!!), no, the cat, despite his lines, has never been bred. Neutered, no breeding, no kitties, nada, zip, zein, zilch. I'm a huge believer in zero population growth for kitties/puppies/etc. until we get shelters and the like emptied to at least a QUASI-reasonable size. Every animal I get (even a mare once) has been neutered, no matter what. (It made me cry, to be honest, about an amazing g Dutch WM Stallion I had once, with remarkable athletic capabilities and for those of us into these things, astonishing bloodlines, but...I did it anyway. Sigh.)

Yes, cut late (not proud! for those of us who know thereover I speak), but a non-breeder, nonetheless. Crushed my soul, really. But OTOH, I also knew that no eventually-unwanted, higher-end sons or daughters of his line would end up in the kill line, due to being bought by overhorsed brats and ladies-who-lunch.

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Old 06-10-2024, 11:43 AM   #37301
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We're getting those "I'm your grand-son/daughter" calls, which would be far less hysterical if they realized that we don't have KIDS. What, are kittens calling me from Kokomo?

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One of my mom's elderly friends had this happen a few years ago. She is 97 now, but was still driving herself at the time. She went to her bank to pull out a sizable chunk of cash, and the teller alerted the manager. Thankfully they stopped her from doing anything dumb. I don't remember the details, but there was a lot of money involved.

I've reminded my 93 year old mom repeatedly that IF any of her grandkids ever needed help, she would not be who they would call. She isn't gullible, but she is changing with her thought processes as she gets older.
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We're getting those "I'm your grand-son/daughter" calls, which would be far less hysterical if they realized that we don't have KIDS. What, are kittens calling me from Kokomo?

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Fortunately I've never gotten those phone calls, because as a rule the scammers don't speak Estonian. I've had maybe a couple of phone calls in Russian or English over decades, but as soon as they hear me asking in Estonian "What?" (on purpose, of course), they hang up.

Local Russians have fallen for that scam, however.
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Around here, I've gotten calls in English, Mandarin, Tagalog and Punjabi. I suspect they are looking for new immigrants who may be more susceptible to their scams.

OTOH, my spouse recently got a call from a "nephew" who needed to be bailed out of jail but had lost his cell phone and only remembered her number. The scammer was not happy when she went off on a rant about having told his mother that he was a bad seed who was going to come to a bad end and she hoped he stayed in jail until he rotted. Admittedly, she had me call the nephew's cell number—which he answered—so she was certain it was a scammer before she went off on him.
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OTOH, my spouse recently got a call from a "nephew" who needed to be bailed out of jail but had lost his cell phone and only remembered her number. The scammer was not happy when she went off on a rant about having told his mother that he was a bad seed who was going to come to a bad end and she hoped he stayed in jail until he rotted. Admittedly, she had me call the nephew's cell number—which he answered—so she was certain it was a scammer before she went off on him.
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We're getting those "I'm your grand-son/daughter" calls, which would be far less hysterical if they realized that we don't have KIDS. What, are kittens calling me from Kokomo?

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Have you ever had the "You've been involved in an accident and you didn't even know it" or the "Your Windows PC has a virus and we'd like to fix it for you.". calls.
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