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Posted 8/19/17 , edited 8/19/17
Scammers using personal information to make schemes seem more real
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiPNuquXCNk

My mother was a victim of a phone scam once. A scammer called her on the phone regarding "no payment " for the Qwest (now CenturyLink) account. She told me about it and something didn't add up for me. That specific account has Autopay. I called the credit card company right away and sure enough within that 30 minutes time frame, they purchased $6000+ worth of stuff. Southwest airline also called me to confirm if I purchased the listed plane tickets. They cancelled the tickets after i told them what happened.

The scammer didn't get a dime in the end. We learned a good lesson from it, It's a good thing we caught it early.

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I remember winning a beautiful place at a resort in Mexico back in the 80s. A friend of mine won a place there too. All it would cost was $120 to finalize the deed and it would be ours for life or until we decided to sell it. It included a small home, shared lake, tennis court, entertainment facilities, and a few other things. We said what the hell and gave it a shot.

Well, she decided to go see what it was like with her husband. The first obstacle she faced was no airport with 12 hrs of it. Then came having to rent am off-road vehicle to get there because there were no roads. Well, after a long ride there they find no lake...no tennis court...no buildings of any kind except a trailer. The person in the trailer informs her that the lake will be man-made...after a few years. She's then told that the tennis court will be built,,,after the lake as well as the other entertainment buildings. The homes? Oh we'll have to hire them to build us the homes on our 1/16th acre lots. It seems none of the pictures in the booklet actually existed. Well she left and went to the nearest big town's town hall. She asked them about the situation to find...it's illegal for non-Mexican citizens to buy land. It seems what we got was a 10-year lease on a 1/16th acre piece of property. Even the part of living there for life was a scam. We paid for our 10 year lease only to be told that it would take about 12 years to make the place live-able. So we owned a lease on a piece of Mexican land that we couldn't even apply to build on due to being non-citizens. Wouldn't help even if we could though, there was no electricity, gas or even water for miles around.
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As you didn't state what the purpose of this thread was for, I'm just going to assume you're asking us if any of us has fallen for a scam.

My answer, no. I never tell anybody anything about my finances or any information that's even close to anything to do with my bank. (possible security question answers, numbers, anything like that). DON'T TRUST ANYBODY WITH PRIVATE INFORMATION, EVER, otherwise you get what you deserve.
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Somehow got my identity stolen more than once. Those stupid chain stores (I'm looking at you, Target) don't safeguard their customers' data.

I keep track of credit card charges using a phone app. Not gonna let some cockroach thieve off of me.


saksiss wrote:

As you didn't state what the purpose of this thread was for, I'm just going to assume you're asking us if any of us has fallen for a scam.

My answer, no. I never tell anybody anything about my finances or any information that's even close to anything to do with my bank. (possible security question answers, numbers, anything like that). DON'T TRUST ANYBODY WITH PRIVATE INFORMATION, EVER, otherwise you get what you deserve.


Criminals nowadays don't have to get information directly from you.

All they have to do is steal your info off of companies with crappy security.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2014/01/10/the-target-hack-gets-worse-phone-numbers-addresses-of-up-to-70-million-customers-leaked/
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everyone has been scammed.

people just don't like to admit it, but hey, at least someone made money from it right? cause thats the important part.

Honesty is numba 1, Numba 1, big profit................. We didn't say you would have 100% satisfaction, that's just a number silly, like how much money we are scamming from you

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You know that Thieves can use only last 4 digits of your credit card without needing to use the card at Walmart?!

We're trying to figured out how they got hold of our card informations in the first place. What we cannot fathom is that Walmart let them use last 4 Digits without needing to use Card!!! >.<

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I once received a message allegedly from our state dept. of revenue saying there was a problem with my tax return and left a number to call and to use my name and ss# as identification. It was an obvious scam. I went online to get the real phone number of the revenue dept. (which was very similar to the phony one) and discovered there was no such problem. But I imagine that old people fall for this all the time.

And also you can protect your own personal information as securely as Fort Knox, but a lazy sales person at the end of the month can throw old receipts, intact, into the top of a dumpster behind the mall. And there you are.
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I've gotten to the point I don't even answer the phone if I don't recognize the number anymore. I'm getting like 3 calls a day, someone needs to throw these idiots in jail already.

I had one of the fake IRS guys call me saying I owed 3 years of back taxes and they were going to call the police if I didn't give them my card number over the phone. I told them to go ahead and call them and hung up.
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I am aware if I am being scammed or in the procedure where the caller, mailer, messing with me.I just Ignore them or even play with them.
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My grandparents almost fell victim to the "Grandparents Scam." Luckily, my parents were there and were able to put a stop to things before my grandparents lost money, If anyone is curious, here's what happened:

Some guy called my grandparents claiming to be my brother. Supposedly, he drove drunk and hit some supposed guy from some foreign country (I think it was Chile). The "Guy" needed money to get a lawyer/public defender or something. My grandparents were convinced it was my brother. My grandparents were told to buy a bunch of Green Dots (Or whatever they're called--basically untraceable money.)

There are HUGE number of issues with this--first of all, the untraceable money. Second of all, my brother is VERY RESPONSIBLE, so he would NEVER, EVER drive drunk. (He was at work when the so-called "incident" occurred.) Third, I WORK in the law field (NOT in criminal normally and I am NOT a lawyer) so I know for a fact you have to PROVE you can't afford an attorney before you can get a public defender. (You have to provide your tax returns, yadda, yadda, yadda. In other words--YOU WOULD NEVER GET A LAWYER IN A FEW HOURS THAT WAY!!!) The average person wouldn't know that though. Luckily, my parents had my brother's work number so all they had to do was call him to verify my grandparents were being scammed. It was a weird conversation:

Dad: "So [name omitted. Let's call him "S"], did you drive drunk?"

S: "Wait, what?? I'm at work!"

Dad: "So, everything is OK?"

S: "Yeah, everything's fine."

Dad: "OK, I'll let you get back to work. Bye."

S: *Confused* "...OK, bye."

...or something to that effect.

As a result of this incident, my parents have our direct emails and phone numbers if they ever need to reach us.

This is a shortened version, but yeah--if there's a way to steal your money, scammers will find a way to do so. It's a sad world we live in.
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beware of the "YES" scam!!

scammer will call you but will not say anything when you picked up

so DO NOT SAY "YES?"

they will record it and use it as a verbal signature of sort

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/fcc-warns-consumers-phone-scam/story?id=46405703
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If I don't recognise the number on my phone I will always let it go to voice mail.

If they don't leave a response, blocked.
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just don't answer the calls, easy
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neugenx wrote:

I remember winning a beautiful place at a resort in Mexico back in the 80s. A friend of mine won a place there too. All it would cost was $120 to finalize the deed and it would be ours for life or until we decided to sell it. It included a small home, shared lake, tennis court, entertainment facilities, and a few other things. We said what the hell and gave it a shot.

Well, she decided to go see what it was like with her husband. The first obstacle she faced was no airport with 12 hrs of it. Then came having to rent am off-road vehicle to get there because there were no roads. Well, after a long ride there they find no lake...no tennis court...no buildings of any kind except a trailer. The person in the trailer informs her that the lake will be man-made...after a few years. She's then told that the tennis court will be built,,,after the lake as well as the other entertainment buildings. The homes? Oh we'll have to hire them to build us the homes on our 1/16th acre lots. It seems none of the pictures in the booklet actually existed. Well she left and went to the nearest big town's town hall. She asked them about the situation to find...it's illegal for non-Mexican citizens to buy land. It seems what we got was a 10-year lease on a 1/16th acre piece of property. Even the part of living there for life was a scam. We paid for our 10 year lease only to be told that it would take about 12 years to make the place live-able. So we owned a lease on a piece of Mexican land that we couldn't even apply to build on due to being non-citizens. Wouldn't help even if we could though, there was no electricity, gas or even water for miles around.



... that sounded too good to be true from the beginning, I can't believe anyone actually fell for something so dumb lol no offense.
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TheZaphod wrote:

If I don't recognise the number on my phone I will always let it go to voice mail.

If they don't leave a response, blocked.


a police officer from another city called me once from a private number... I didn't pick up the phone so she sent a request to the local police department and a police officer was knocking on my door 30 minutes or so later (It was about our stolen motorcycle- ended up in that city)

I guess there are exceptions
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