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goatsestretchgoals
Jun 4, 2011

in soviet russia, you shove robot

GF got a voicemail from 844-868-9742 yesterday. What is their long term goal anyway if no one answers the line? Gathering up phone numbers of known idiots similar to confirming emails via unsubscribe links?

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Tunicate
May 15, 2012





Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

The gas can is just a prop, gas can men want money.

he spent the last of his money getting the gas can, man

TheKennedys
Sep 23, 2006

By my hand, I will take you from this godforsaken internet


goatsestretchgoals posted:

Gathering up phone numbers of known idiots similar to confirming emails via unsubscribe links?

it's this one, yeah. she'll probably start getting even more "courtesy calls" than usual from spoofed local numbers soon, goondolences

goatsestretchgoals
Jun 4, 2011

in soviet russia, you shove robot

Nope luckily I stopped her from calling back! She is an inherently nice and trusting person so this is one of the rare situations that my cynicism and hatred for mankind actually help out.

Professor Shark
May 22, 2012




I should have clarified- I actually did make purchases from Apple, and it was an email confirming it. Usually my contact is with AppIe and it's scams

Eric the Mauve
May 8, 2012

Making you happy for a buck since 199X


No I understood, I was just taking the opportunity to laugh at the last batch of AppIe scam emails that went around, they were even worse than usual

Original_Z
Jun 14, 2005
Z so good

I recently got a scam where I couldn't do anything with my Apple account and noticed that I had recently receive an email from"Apple" saying that my account was locked and to follow the link to unlock it. There were a few things off, the email address wasn't correct, the link was shady when you hovered over it, and the text of the email was a little less than legit but not so bad that it was obvious. Anyway I guess they must have kept trying to force their way into my account and the real Apple locked it for security reasons. I have 2FA on and didn't see anything else odd happening, and I was able to get my account properly unlocked and a new password set up. Pretty interesting though and I could see how it could fool people, wonder how I got targeted for that.

Professor Shark
May 22, 2012




I'm pretty sure that when I check my email on my phone it doesn't show the complete email address, only the first few characters, so if you're in a hurry or just not paying attention you might just assume it's legit. Also, it works because a lot of people use Apple Store or whatever. I got one that said my account was locked and I need to click this link to unlock it, it was a scam. Apple says the easiest way to tell is if the email from "Apple" uses your name and knows specifically what you've purchased recently.

Murphys Law
Nov 1, 2005


This morning I had an email reporting my Amazon account was locked due to too many failed login attempts, click link to unlock account. The email address they used was @ebay.com. Good job, rear end in a top hat.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



For the last week, I've gotten the usual spam email but they've changed the sender name to Stormy Daniels. At least it gave me a laugh.

MightyJoe36
Dec 29, 2013

Cat Army


Got this one this morning. No I didn't leave out my name, it was addressed just like this:

quote:

Dear ,


A invoice for you will be available on this link in your account during next 3 days.

>>> http://chucktomasi.com/OO3VSTlaLYefQ/



Neeraj Singh


This email is generated automatically and is not monitored for responses.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please see our contact information
at Support or for Residential call 800-373-0106, for Business call 800-581-2876.

mostlygray
Nov 1, 2012

BURY ME AS I LIVED, A FREE MAN ON THE CLUTCH


Krotera posted:

Don't take this personally but I seriously doubt you on this: I have heard a lot of people present mlm stuff to me as "yeah they're totally shady about X and Y but not about Z, where the thing I happen to be doing is Z."

I don't think the characterization of "shaky liars when it comes to dudes who don't pay them, but actually diligent and consumer-focused otherwise" makes sense, and their B+ rating for Herbalife, A+ rating for Amway, and A+ rating for the Church of Scientology strongly confirm my suspicion that they're actually just total shitbags who are lying to you.

You make a fair point about the A+ ratings for places that in no way have time to respond to every complaint. Perhaps my experience is only representative on the small business side.

mostlygray
Nov 1, 2012

BURY ME AS I LIVED, A FREE MAN ON THE CLUTCH


Had a weird one the other day. A couple guys in an expensive SUV were pulled of on a ramp with their hazards on. I stopped and the guy claimed to be a Canadian tourist who had run out of gas. He asked me for cash to buy gas. I said, "No, but I'll give you $10 bucks worth if you follow me to the gas station (about 2 miles away).

I expected him to do the usual. Curse me and tell me to gently caress off, but instead, he said "OK" and followed me. I had him pull up to the pump and I asked, "If I have you turn your key to the on position, it'll be on E right?" He did and it was. I bought him $10 worth and he said "Thank you very much" and took off.

Is the whole scam to get a small amount of gas for free? I checked the ramp half an hour later and he didn't go back to that spot. I can't figure out how it's not a scam, but I wanted to see how it played out. He didn't lift my wallet. He didn't try to roll me. He didn't offer to pay me back with a postdated check for twice the amount. He didn't try to get me to take cash out of an ATM.

If the scam is just to get small amounts of gas for free, good for him I guess.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Uh I think he was just a guy that ran out of gas and didn't have cash on him.

Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013





Jesus Christ, not everything is a scam.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Today I saw people trying to sell goods and food out of a warehouse with Walmart written on the front. I didnít give them any money because Iím not stupid but Iím curious. Whatís the scam? I mean, it seems like a lot of trouble to stock the whole warehouse with goods and electronic registers near the exits just to get a few bucks out of dummies. They even had a dude in a security uniform and some little shopping carts outside.

drive me nuts to school
Jun 7, 2011


mostlygray posted:

Had a weird one the other day. A couple guys in an expensive SUV were pulled of on a ramp with their hazards on. I stopped and the guy claimed to be a Canadian tourist who had run out of gas. He asked me for cash to buy gas. I said, "No, but I'll give you $10 bucks worth if you follow me to the gas station (about 2 miles away).

I expected him to do the usual. Curse me and tell me to gently caress off, but instead, he said "OK" and followed me. I had him pull up to the pump and I asked, "If I have you turn your key to the on position, it'll be on E right?" He did and it was. I bought him $10 worth and he said "Thank you very much" and took off.

Is the whole scam to get a small amount of gas for free? I checked the ramp half an hour later and he didn't go back to that spot. I can't figure out how it's not a scam, but I wanted to see how it played out. He didn't lift my wallet. He didn't try to roll me. He didn't offer to pay me back with a postdated check for twice the amount. He didn't try to get me to take cash out of an ATM.

If the scam is just to get small amounts of gas for free, good for him I guess.

If he's out of gas how did he follow you to the gas station in his SUV

Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013





drive me nuts to school posted:

If he's out of gas how did he follow you to the gas station in his SUV

I think it was more he was running out of gas and had no money.

BiggerBoat
Sep 26, 2007

I'm sorry, everyone.

HerStuddMuffin posted:

Today I saw people trying to sell goods and food out of a warehouse with Walmart written on the front. I didnít give them any money because Iím not stupid but Iím curious. Whatís the scam? I mean, it seems like a lot of trouble to stock the whole warehouse with goods and electronic registers near the exits just to get a few bucks out of dummies. They even had a dude in a security uniform and some little shopping carts outside.

People are stupid.

Also plausible deniability and an air of legitimacy. Plus, if you get caught buying that poo poo, you can say "I thought it was a Wal-Mart Outlet!"

Sanford
Jun 30, 2007

...and rarely post!



What the gently caress is Shark Tank and why does all my spam for a fortnight tell me that whatever poo poo itís trying to hock is available on Shark Tank? Iíve just deleted thirty-six spam emails from my work account and thirty-four of them mention Shark Tank either in the title or the text.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

BiggerBoat posted:

People are stupid.

Also plausible deniability and an air of legitimacy. Plus, if you get caught buying that poo poo, you can say "I thought it was a Wal-Mart Outlet!"

Pretty sure he's describing an actual Wal Mart and making fun of the gas poster

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Sanford posted:

What the gently caress is Shark Tank and why does all my spam for a fortnight tell me that whatever poo poo itís trying to hock is available on Shark Tank? Iíve just deleted thirty-six spam emails from my work account and thirty-four of them mention Shark Tank either in the title or the text.

It's a TV show. Same thing as Dragon's Den if you're in a non-US country that has that instead.

Tunicate
May 15, 2012





Sanford posted:

What the gently caress is Shark Tank and why does all my spam for a fortnight tell me that whatever poo poo itís trying to hock is available on Shark Tank? Iíve just deleted thirty-six spam emails from my work account and thirty-four of them mention Shark Tank either in the title or the text.

it's a tv show where people with an idea try to convince billionaires to buy in

shame on an IGA
Apr 8, 2005

Get into shit, let it out like diarrhea
Got burnt once, that was only gonorrhea




It's a game show where notorious Captains of Industry compete with each other to see who can sell the worst deal to petit bourgosies desperate for capital

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

Taste the High Country


shame on an IGA posted:

It's a game show where notorious Captains of Industry compete with each other to see who can sell the worst deal to petit bourgosies desperate for capital

They have the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and that Mark Cuban guy, and... I forget the rest.

It's American Idol for bad business ideas.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

The show is almost totally fake too, it just amounts to advertising. The deal offered on camera is almost never what is actually agreed to. Someone from my home town was on a while back, and after the episode aired, her 'shark' contacted her to renegotiate the deal. She refused, so there was no deal and her appearance basically amounted to a 15 minute commercial for her product.

Thanatosian
Apr 16, 2013

Angrier, Bitterer Man


Grimey Drawer

Reality television is a scam? Who knew!

Sanford
Jun 30, 2007

...and rarely post!



EL BROMANCE posted:

It's a TV show. Same thing as Dragon's Den if you're in a non-US country that has that instead.

Ah okay yeah, if itís the same as Dragons Den in the UK then I canít see how it could possibly be considered an endorsement. Iíll assume the US version doesnít really feature herbal viagra substitutes and a special new kind of orthopaedic sandals like these emails are claiming.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



The scams of reality TV are always interesting though.

You can tell which property the House Hunters choose because theyíve already bought it - the other two are arranged afterwards. You can spot differences in hair cuts and similar and tell which one is the odd one out.

Bar Rescue they always pull out anything expensive after shooting, which is probably for the best as that show sucks and the main dudes taste is dreadful.

Lutha Mahtin
Oct 10, 2010

Your brokebrain sin is absolved...go and shitpost no more!


MANime in the sheets posted:

The show is almost totally fake too, it just amounts to advertising. The deal offered on camera is almost never what is actually agreed to. Someone from my home town was on a while back, and after the episode aired, her 'shark' contacted her to renegotiate the deal. She refused, so there was no deal and her appearance basically amounted to a 15 minute commercial for her product.

you also have to give up a percentage of your company to even go on the show, since yeah it's a huge advertisement for your business. after i learned that it made a lot more sense why so many of them refuse to make a deal with the "sharks"

baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


Lutha Mahtin posted:

you also have to give up a percentage of your company to even go on the show, since yeah it's a huge advertisement for your business. after i learned that it made a lot more sense why so many of them refuse to make a deal with the "sharks"

Please tell me that's only if they actually get air time, I'm pretty sure not all the presentations make it to live TV.

Rusty Shackelford
Feb 7, 2005


That hasn't been the case since the first or second season.

BiggerBoat
Sep 26, 2007

I'm sorry, everyone.

MANime in the sheets posted:

Pretty sure he's describing an actual Wal Mart and making fun of the gas poster

Oh. Well in that case

*whoosh*

ToxicSlurpee
Nov 5, 2003

-=SEND HELP=-




Pillbug

Proteus Jones posted:

Jesus Christ, not everything is a scam.

Nah, everything is a scam of at least some level.

Blackchamber
Jan 25, 2005



Proteus Jones posted:

Jesus Christ, not everything is a scam.

Explain that to the people on the NextDoor website. Almost every other post is 'a stranger tried to interact with me in some way. I called the cops immediately and luckily because they were a minority I had predialed 911 and that saved me time!'

I took a break from the site because every now and then I would try to reason with people (he was probably a door to door salesman, kids always ride their bikes on the sidewalk safer than the street sometimes, etc) and the response is universal: if you aren't part of the lynch mob you are clearly the culprit even though its pretty unlikely that all the people who knock on their doors are all also users of the website much less me being all 20 of those people.

Theres a twitter called 'the best of nextdoor' or something like that and its all this sort of crap.

Everythings a scam.

EDIT: nextdoor is a scam to sell ring doorbell cameras is my theory. Everytime theres one of these posts about people at the door theres an ad for Ring.

Comstar
Apr 20, 2007

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Princess Celestia


Man came to our house this week and asked to see XXXXX to get details on a car accident done a few years ago.

XXXXX has not lived at the house for 6+ years. We had no contact details to give, so he left. Is this an isurance scam of some sort?

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Comstar posted:

Man came to our house this week and asked to see XXXXX to get details on a car accident done a few years ago.

XXXXX has not lived at the house for 6+ years. We had no contact details to give, so he left. Is this an isurance scam of some sort?

It could just be someone trying to tcb before the statute of limitations runs out.

Eric the Mauve
May 8, 2012

Making you happy for a buck since 199X


Also might be someone trying to serve process

RocknRollaAyatollah
Nov 26, 2008



Lipstick Apathy

Comstar posted:

Man came to our house this week and asked to see XXXXX to get details on a car accident done a few years ago.

XXXXX has not lived at the house for 6+ years. We had no contact details to give, so he left. Is this an isurance scam of some sort?

When private investigators working for insurance companies get information on people, it's based on a social security check and all previous or possible residences come up. If they can't track down the person, they'll check out the older ones for more information. That old seems unlikely but if they made themselves pretty scarce I can see them looking into a residence that old, especially if that was the one before the current residence.

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Pharmaskittle
Dec 17, 2007

arf arf put the money in the fuckin bag


I had a girl come knock on my door, hand me a single bottle of febreeze as my "gift," and give me a really generic company name. She didn't have any cards, a bag, or a car that I could see, and she wasn't sure whether they had a website. She also looked a little unhealthy and had lovely quality tattoos. She wanted to come into my house to look at my floor to give me a free estimate to do any repairs/cleaning. I handed her air freshener back and said no thank you.

I almost had trouble keeping a straight face as it went on and became more and more obvious that she just wanted into my house. She was pretty small and didn't appear to have a weapon, so I assume the idea was to look at my place and have her boyfriend come back and rob me later. All she learned was that I'm a big younger guy with a barking dog and at least one roommate, so that should hopefully put me low on any theoretical list of robbery targets.

I guess she could've just been an incredibly lovely door to door salesperson.

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