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InvisibleBumholio
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International scams * 1
    #25809100 - 02/13/19 02:43 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

Just seen on the news that a woman has been scammed out of thousands of pounds by someone she thought was a US marine in Uganda.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47208797

Whenever I hear these stories of people getting scammed I'm amazed that anyone falls for it, but how convincing are the scammers? Has anyone been involved in an elaborate scam? Were you the scammer or the scamee?


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Re: International scams [Re: Bumholio] * 1
    #25809113 - 02/13/19 02:49 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

Well it seems like more than half the population of humans are basically outright morons. In that half, there's another half that will blow your mind in how stupid they are. Then there's a subsection of that half where some people are so stupid you can't comprehend it.


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Re: International scams [Re: Bumholio]
    #25809132 - 02/13/19 03:04 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

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Bumholio said:


Whenever I hear these stories of people getting scammed I'm amazed that anyone falls for it, but how convincing are the scammers? Has anyone been involved in an elaborate scam? Were you the scammer or the scamee?




I've been phished by email twice in the last two years... they were pretty fricken obvious too.

It's always someone from Nigeria or Uganda.. Don't ever do business where you have to front money, and don't buy gold/gems/silver from/in any of those two countries.


Luckily I've never been scammed, but a friend of a friends dad got scammed by taking a check for $12,000 for a real solid gold rolex..

I mean.. REALLY?

Use common sense.


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Re: International scams [Re: Bumholio]
    #25809139 - 02/13/19 03:09 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

Oh yeah, I totally forgot recently I posted some .925 sterling silver I had bought for sale at thrift stores on the cheap to flip for profit on the marketplace.... the total was like $250.


This Nigerian guy messaged me and was like Hey blah blah blah, basically, I'll send you a check for $500 after you send me your name, address, and bank account number.

So I actually played along for one more email just for fun.
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It was hilarious how ignorant this guy was.


Major :facepalm: on scammers behalf. I mean at least be good at it.


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Re: International scams [Re: Fiery]
    #25809150 - 02/13/19 03:15 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

I dress up in a IRS shirt and go to trailer parks and tell the mexicans they owe $350 in back taxes, pay up now or ima call ice & have them deported.

The scam worked a lot better in Texas

The weather is too cold for them here.


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Re: International scams [Re: Fiery]
    #25809152 - 02/13/19 03:15 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

All the ones I’ve noticed were real obvious, almost stereotype.  The others I missed but, with this scam I think it’s pretty crucial to get old folk who aren’t real sharp atm..

What gets me though is, thieves in general are scum but these dudes targeting elderly people should get a little extra fucking up when their time comes.


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Re: International scams [Re: Amanita86]
    #25809160 - 02/13/19 03:20 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

I must be on some list they check first before they scam you.

Only time someone tried to scam me is the fucking bots on POF saying they wanna fuck me after I register to a new site.


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Re: International scams [Re: PumpJackTeX]
    #25809167 - 02/13/19 03:24 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

I got scammed out of a pair of Nike shoes, had a feeling it was probably a scam but just wanted to get rid of the shoes as someone gave them to me and they were a ridiculously gaudy pair of sneakers :lol:

Lost a bit of $ on the shipping but probably wouldn't have sold the shoes for much anyways. Have had overall great experiences buying/selling and trading stuff online, scammers are usually pretty obvious.

I used to get the scam phone calls pretty often. The sad part is older folks fall for it all the time.

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I must be on some list they check first before they scam you.

Only time someone tried to scam me is the fucking bots on POF saying they wanna fuck me after I register to a new site.




Man the bots are getting out of hand on a lot of sites. At least they are always pretty blatant on dating sites :grin:


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Re: International scams [Re: PumpJackTeX]
    #25809185 - 02/13/19 03:46 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_Rate_Pricing

I did telemarketing for this company.  We didn’t call it slamming but, is what it is.


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Re: International scams [Re: PumpJackTeX]
    #25809237 - 02/13/19 05:32 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

Quote:

Amanita86 said:
All the ones I’ve noticed were real obvious, almost stereotype.  The others I missed but, with this scam I think it’s pretty crucial to get old folk who aren’t real sharp atm..

What gets me though is, thieves in general are scum but these dudes targeting elderly people should get a little extra fucking up when their time comes.



Yeah, most of the ones I've seen have been on older folk. I'd be on the 1st plane to Nigeria if they done it on my grandparents :shrug:

Quote:

TexXx said:

Only time someone tried to scam me is the fucking bots on POF saying they wanna fuck me after I register to a new site.



That app sucks fucking balls :kittylaugh:


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Re: International scams [Re: Bumholio] * 1
    #25809343 - 02/13/19 07:55 AM (2 years, 12 days ago)

I worked for a diploma mill for about a year and a half. We were based in Montreal, been around forever.

They used to have ads with stamps that had subjects on them like accounting had a stamp, you rip off the stamps for the subjects you were interested in and stuck them to the postage paid postcard. We alsob had commercials that listed a crazy number of subjects.

Like train for a career in:

gunsmithing
early childhood education
private investigator

etc. The big one, I estimate 75 percent of our students took, was High School diploma. The problem was it wasn't recognized by any college anywhere. It was like they paid 600 bucks for something we just printed up. We used to print each other joke diplomas, that office was a culture of just total disrespect for the customers

Everything about it was a scam, we were dealing with mostly either hicks or black folks and none of them ever read the fine print. To cancel you had to send everything back and also send a registered cancel letter, no one ever got refunds. We sent credit collectons after thousands of people who just wanted to make their lives better.

We operated out of a PO box in St Albans VT which is right next to the Canadian border, when people asked where we were were always said Vermont. To this day the first page of Google is all positive. There was a scam search site that made it to page one and the school fucking bought it, now its an ad for the school. They are amazing at search engine optimization. Last I heard the US postmaster general and federal trade commission were looking into them, but they seem to be immune. The guy that owns it is stinking rich like it did really well, huge building and huge staff.

 
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/02/ftc-files-action-against-stratford-career-institute-misleading


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