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Posted 10/15/17 , edited 10/15/17
The original person who I went to in order to have a replica of the music box from Elfen Lied made for me. Guy took my money and kept making excuses as to why it wasnt ready yet. After 6 months I managed to contact his parent site and get my money back. The next guy I hired was completely and fully professional and got the job done.
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Almost. Someone tried to trick me into getting a six-digit cash prize from a contest I never entered on Facebook a couple years back. Luckily, I'm not an idiot, and was able to see through the scam.
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Aside from some unwise online purchases, I haven't been scammed, but I'm enjoying all these stories lol
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Yes. I remember getting scammed out of my entire Guthans armor and spear set in Runescape.

God, was I a stupid ass middle schooler? Didn't take me too long to get it back, and I did learn my lesson, as well as lessons in why gambling is bad.

Runescape taught me about how people can be really shady, and why you shouldn't be so quick to trust strangers with important tasks. Well, at least better then being fooled into 'stranger danger' IRL.
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I don't know if it counts, but I almost fell for a phishing email. It claimed it was from Amazon, but it was in my junk. (Red Flag #1 since Amazon is on my White List). The email said something about an order being cancelled. (I hadn't ordered anything recently--Red Flag #2). I looked over the email VERY CAREFULLY, but something didn't "feel right." So, I ignored the email link and went to Amazon DIRECTLY via a bookmark I keep for my Wish List. I did a search for the order number. Nothing came up. I then compared my Amazon orders to the email and realized THEN that the email was fake because even though the fake order number had similarities the order number was WAY off. Man! (For example, recent order numbers on Amazon start "111," but the fake one was like "010" or something like that.) They did a good job and very nearly got me!

Other than that--I've been pretty lucky since I avoid Ebay and only use reputable sites when I order stuff.

Oh. Now that I think about it, I did make an order on Amazon that never showed up. (Third Party Seller turned out to be from China and AFTER I had made the order a whole bunch of people said, "Don't order from this seller! Order never showed!" in the feedback section. I was like, "Why didn't this get posted SOONER?!!") I contacted Amazon and was able to get my money back after I did all their requirements. (Try to contact seller, give seller X business days to respond. I waited a full week--longer than I had to. Contact Amazon again, got money back.)

Basically if you only order from reputable places, you'll be fine and don't click on email links if you're iffy on the sender!

Edit: I just remembered my grandparents were almost victims of the Grandparent Scam. I'll keep it short. Guy called them claiming to be my brother. Brother supposedly drove drunk (he'd NEVER, EVER do that!) and ran into some guy from Chile. Brother was in jail and needed money to get an attorney/post bail. The crooks wanted Red Dot or whatever those untraceable things are called.

I work in law so I know you do not get an attorney that quick and you have to PROVE you have no money to afford one. (Fill out a bunch of court forms). My parents happened to be with my grandparents at the time and stopped them. They contacted my brother who was at work to verify everything was fine.

I'm leaving out some things, BUT the lesson here is ALWAYS have the contact info for your loved ones and NEVER give in to your emotions over the phone for someone claiming to be someone you know.
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Tried to order one of those stick-on bras from a facebook ad page and the shit never got shipped out. Did some further research and several other people also got scammed by the same bastards. Lesson learned.
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It's been a while, but a few years back I fell for one of those "you have a virus, talk to this strange indian-sounding person to remove it' scams. I hung up in time when they started asking for money info and got my laptop cleaned though, so, I suppose lesson learned.
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Art-chan wrote:

I don't know if it counts, but I almost fell for a phishing email. It claimed it was from Amazon, but it was in my junk. (Red Flag #1 since Amazon is on my White List). The email said something about an order being cancelled. (I hadn't ordered anything recently--Red Flag #2). I looked over the email VERY CAREFULLY, but something didn't "feel right." So, I ignored the email link and went to Amazon DIRECTLY via a bookmark I keep for my Wish List. I did a search for the order number. Nothing came up. I then compared my Amazon orders to the email and realized THEN that the email was fake because even though the fake order number had similarities the order number was WAY off. Man! (For example, recent order numbers on Amazon start "111," but the fake one was like "010" or something like that.) They did a good job and very nearly got me!

Other than that--I've been pretty lucky since I avoid Ebay and only use reputable sites when I order stuff.

Oh. Now that I think about it, I did make an order on Amazon that never showed up. (Third Party Seller turned out to be from China and AFTER I had made the order a whole bunch of people said, "Don't order from this seller! Order never showed!" in the feedback section. I was like, "Why didn't this get posted SOONER?!!") I contacted Amazon and was able to get my money back after I did all their requirements. (Try to contact seller, give seller X business days to respond. I waited a full week--longer than I had to. Contact Amazon again, got money back.)

Basically if you only order from reputable places, you'll be fine and don't click on email links if you're iffy on the sender!

Edit: I just remembered my grandparents were almost victims of the Grandparent Scam. I'll keep it short. Guy called them claiming to be my brother. Brother supposedly drove drunk (he'd NEVER, EVER do that!) and ran into some guy from Chile. Brother was in jail and needed money to get an attorney/post bail. The crooks wanted Red Dot or whatever those untraceable things are called.

I work in law so I know you do not get an attorney that quick and you have to PROVE you have no money to afford one. (Fill out a bunch of court forms). My parents happened to be with my grandparents at the time and stopped them. They contacted my brother who was at work to verify everything was fine.

I'm leaving out some things, BUT the lesson here is ALWAYS have the contact info for your loved ones and NEVER give in to your emotions over the phone for someone claiming to be someone you know.


Same thing happen to me on Amazon, I noticed I got email from them that are in my email, but got different email from them in spam section.. That when I noticed the scam.

I alway keep getting email from Pay Pal few years ago after shutting them down, I even sent email to the employee at Pay Pal and he realize I keep getting spam and he got on them right away.
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No, and never will. Anyone who can somehow get scammed deserves it for their stupidity.
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Buying a "region free" dvd of Kodomo no Jikan from Malaysia was an interesting learning experience. lol
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Yep. Taught me a valuable lesson.
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never. My brother though got scammed a lot for always going to adult sites
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Posted 10/16/17 , edited 10/17/17
"I will buy your Rune Battleaxe for 1.2m gp"
Innocent me: Sounds good!
*item swap*
Less-innocent me: Wait, this is only 1.2k gp!

I learned how cold the world was that day. I lost 90k gp...
HeavenlyEra... I hope you burn in hell for your sins.
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Posted 10/17/17 , edited 10/17/17
Once ( if it counts as scammed /shrug ), back when i was 10-14 ( can't remember 100% how old i was ) and played diablo 2 and was looking for the "map hack thing" that let you see the whole map etc.
To put it simple my character started to run around and drop all my items. ( i was stupid back then )

But if we are talking online scam ( as buying stuff online and not getting it or something like that ) then no have never happen.
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Dark_Alma wrote:

"I will buy your Rune Battleaxe for 1.2m gp"
Innocent me: Sounds good!
*item swap*
Less-innocent me: Wait, this is only 1.2k gp!

I learned how cold the world was that day. I lost 90k gp...
HeavenlyEra... I hope you burn in hell for your sins.


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Posted 10/17/17 , edited 10/17/17

Cydoemus wrote:


Dark_Alma wrote:

"I will buy your Rune Battleaxe for 1.2m gp"
Innocent me: Sounds good!
*item swap*
Less-innocent me: Wait, this is only 1.2k gp!

I learned how cold the world was that day. I lost 90k gp...
HeavenlyEra... I hope you burn in hell for your sins.




DIOOOOOOO!
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