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DangerMouse 03-29-2011 09:27 AM

Scam warnings!
It seems to me like every day I see or hear about new scams and some jerk is trying to rip us all off. I'd like to start this thread as a place for you to post any scams you have seen or heard about or (hopefully not) been ripped off by. Email scams, Craigslist scams, "certified checks" (which we all SHOULD know by now are 99% fakes) or any other scam you've heard of. Please post warnings here, and perhaps if we can help just ONE person avoid being screwed, we'll have done some good. :thumbsup:

Thanks, and I hope this thread goes far!


chrisn 03-29-2011 04:35 PM

How about paint and primer in the same can???:laughing::whistling2::jester:

DangerMouse 03-29-2011 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 619441)
How about paint and primer in the same can???:laughing::whistling2::jester:

There's a good start..... :wink:


boman47k 03-29-2011 05:06 PM

Hello, this is ***** with ******credit card. There is nothing wrong with your account...........

I don't talk to hese people. I think it is something about lowering rates, or something to that effect.

Jim F 03-29-2011 06:47 PM

It goes something like this: You have been selected by the National Scholarship Bureau to receive a $7000.00 scholarship". The caller has a foreign accent and they try to trick college students into wiring them several hundred dollars via Western Union. They have been in operation for several years and have used the same few phone numbers and same phony names. Apparently they are outside of U.S. Jutice Dept's jurisdiction. If you have kids in college beware!

DangerMouse 03-29-2011 06:51 PM

I'd be suspicious of ANYONE who WANTS money to GIVE me money! :laughing:


Leah Frances 03-29-2011 07:45 PM

Craigslist adds for Kubota tractors are often scams.

rusty baker 03-29-2011 08:22 PM

How about "Whole house carpet install for $99.00"?

chrisn 03-30-2011 02:00 AM

Anything having to do with NIGERIA.:yes:

CoconutPete 03-30-2011 08:19 AM

Anything on Craigslist where the price includes shipping and the item is bigger than a riding lawnmower.

Any car for sale ad on Craigslist where the ad says the vehicle is in upstate New York but is somehow parked next to a plam tree in all the picture.

Anything in your email from any of the major banks about someone accessing your account, your account being hacked, security etc. etc. etc. Those emails are actually not from your bank. If something was truly wrong your bank would call you. People love to rip on Bank of America but they run a tight ship w/ security. I've had something happen twice in the last 10 years and they always called me on my cell immediately.

Chrisn said it but it's so widespread I have to say it again: Anything to do with Nigeria.

Anything to do with gold. I mean all the way from "we buy gold" to "I'm sitting on $30B in gold and need your help to bring it to USA"

Bonus: Timesaver! I have a nice big shredder in my house. ANY envelope that ever shows up that has any of these on it:
- Important personal information
- Do not discard
- Confidential

These don't even get opened, they go straight into the shredder. If anybody ever actually sent you something important the envelope would be blank w/ no logo's on it. Think about it. When your bank sends you your new debit card the envelope is always plain white and never even has the bank logo on it.

rusty baker 03-30-2011 09:07 AM

Any calls from Microsoft.

gma2rjc 03-30-2011 02:58 PM

".... for being a valued customer, you've been selected to receive four FREE 1-year subscriptions for the magazines of your choice.

All we ask in return is that you share the magazines with your friends and family.

To help us keep our costs down, we ask that you pay 88 cents per week, per subscription... less than the cost of a cup of coffee, for shipping and handling.

Now, can I get your name and a credit card number so we can get started?"

Only 88 cents per week, per magazine? $183 doesn't sound free to me.

I only wish I could think quickly enough to give these scammers a hard time on the phone, like Tom Mabe does.

bjbatlanta 03-30-2011 06:09 PM

Any telemarketer, I quickly interrupt them and say "you caught me in the middle of something, but if you give me your home phone # I'll call you back when I get a chance". Their standard answer is something like "I can't have you call me at home, or I can't give you my number". I just reply "why not? you've got mine and you're calling me at home...." CLICK! As for the junk mail, send the magazine offers in the "business reply" envelope for the VISA card you're "pre-approved" for. Send the "pre-approved" offer for a cell phone to the VISA card offer, etc. (Of course black out your name/ address.) If you use the business reply envelope, they have to pay the postage. Maybe they'll get the hint to quit sending the crap if enough people do it.

Leah Frances 03-30-2011 06:20 PM

Bjb- please take my name off your calling list. I know this may take up to 30 days. Good job and have a nice night.

bjbatlanta 03-30-2011 07:11 PM

Will do, Leah. Best to you too!

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