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LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Slowly working my way through this whole thread so not sure if this guy's been posted yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=channel?UCOkhTr4FqEAWRz2UecVsh4g?videos

Some 16y/o dude fucks with call center scammers using a virtual machine. It's hilarious but after reading that article about these dudes I understand them more and feel bad for them a little. Still this youtube kid is doing gods work.

e: Personally getting scammed edit. In early college had my first apartment and like most college kids tried to be pretty friendly and open to neighbors especially ones my age. Had a magazine summer trip scammer come by and stupidly I let him in. Guy had initially said he just needed to give me the pitch and for me to sign his sheet so he could move on, but after his pitch I said "yeah I'm not buying anything." This guy was much bigger than me and he got visibly angry. He goes "what do you mean you're not buying anything? Why did you waste my time? Why did you let me in?" It got scary, I stupidly ended up giving him like 150bux for a Popsci subscription. It was a sad day for me, but dammit if I didn't keep getting those magazines some 4 years later without paying more, so I felt better about it.

LifeSunDeath fucked around with this message at 11:45 on Aug 13, 2018

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LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Craptacular posted:

SA doesn't parse Youtube channel links correctly if you just paste them in; it'll try to make them into video links. Here's the correct link.

cool thx

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

I'm reminded of a massive scam I lived through. Here in Houston we get hosed by hurricanes on the regular. But not as much as being hosed by insurance over it. Depending on where you live in the city you might be buying Wind and/or Flood insurance to cover for storms. In the case of an actual massive hurricane, both sides, Wind and Flood, blame the other endlessly saying you have no claim with us try the other guy, and in the end pay out almost nothing by claiming no responsibility. My mom's little coastal town went through this after Ike, now none of the residents carry any hurricane insurance anymore because it was totally useless in action.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

from the houston paper this week:

"the victim became suspicious after the third transaction"

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

mostlygray posted:

My very social media savvy friend experienced a similar thing. He should have known better. The scammer got lucky and found out that his cousin was a missionary in central Africa (I forget which country, it was years ago) and did the "send money via Western Union or he'll be murdered" deal. He was freaking out about it.

Fortunately, he had me look at it and I found the origin of the scam and the IP. I told him to email his cousin before panicking. All was well, of course. Sometimes we get blind sided and we freak out. It happens to the best of us. Heck, I bought a coupon book over the phone once when I was broke in college. I still regret that one.

Well I guess it's only fair since missionaries have been scamming people since the dark ages.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Xequecal posted:

I have a co worker whose husband was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer and she has definitely been suckered by some kind of bullshit.

"I was in there for the consultation and they just immediately want to go in and cut everything out. They weren't willing to even talk about alternatives, just open him up and cut and cut and cut. They say he'll probably have to poop through a hole in his stomach the rest of his life! You know I read about this indigenous tribe in the Andes where nobody ever gets cancer, and It's because they eat tons of peaches. The peach pits have chemicals in them that kill cancer cells and there's doctors in Mexico that will treat your cancer with infusions of this and no surgery. I don't see why we can't at least try it."

I've never even heard of this but I just have no words for someone that responds to a cancer diagnosis with, "I know! Let's fly to rural Mexico and get an IV peach pit infusion!"

So, your friend is going through the stages of grief, we all go through it in times of death or tragedy and a cancer diagnosis is right up there. Your friend is in total denial mode for now, but please please encourage them to get a second opinion before seeking alt medicine. The peach pit thing is something about using the trace cyanide compounds in the pit as a cheap form of chemo, is not safe or effective. The Mexican infusion thing, I've seen patients who've done this and subsequently had their cancer keep going and eventually died from it. In the cases I've seen it was a long battle with cancer and they went to mexico and got Au, gold, infusions in some hope that this would do something...it did nothing.

fake edit: that said there are doctors who are not the best, who'd love to start doing surgery to charge you more instead of going more conservative routes, which is a type of scam and/or not a scam depending on who you ask (and depending on their outcomes I'm sure). But the alt medicine poo poo is 100 percent a scam for sure.

LifeSunDeath fucked around with this message at 14:53 on Sep 5, 2018

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

BiggerBoat posted:

Same. I'm just going to request/demand as many opiates as they'll give me and fade away in a daze.

Yeh, hospice all the way. Snow me out, gently caress it snow me in, don't care.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

BiggerBoat posted:

I did a Debt Consolidation thing after I'd destroyed my credit and scorched my student loans and it worked out pretty well for me. It rolled all my debt into one payment at something like 6% I think and really repaired my credit. Maybe I got lucky or only think it was smart but I was cool with it.

You think it repaired your credit? Why not just check your score?

Here's a scam I lived through: Scientology!

Grew up totally non-religious, at the age of 10 my mom met a guy who turned out to be a serious conman, married the dude, and he in short order got her spending tons of money at the celebrity center in LA. My step dad turned out to be an old Sea-Org member who somehow got out but still continued to scam people into the church, which we assume was the cost of him getting out of the Sea-Org because normally you get excommunicated when that happens.

Anyway, so I got to experience, taking scientology courses, I went to Delphi Academy for a year which is a private si-ty school celebrities send their kids to. I got taken out of the school for various issues all based in me not giving a poo poo about their "at your own pace" education system that was more or less a recruitment mill for the Sea-Org.

Fast forward to recent few years with all the celebs coming out disclosing about being scammed by the "church" and my mom is breaking down about how much money she spent and how she was conned and all this poo poo. The whole thing is a black mark on our family story, but whatever.

Fun-fact: If you're a really good con-man, you can lie, cheat, steal and gaslight your way through a 5 year marriage and somehow come out getting paid alimony even against good divorce lawyers. What a loving waste of space that dude was.

LifeSunDeath fucked around with this message at 14:50 on Sep 10, 2018

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

peanut posted:

looking forward to your ama megathread, buddy!

Yeah, I don't have too many more stories. I did go to school with the fat kid from sandlot right before the movie came out, and I told him I didn't believe he was actually in movies, because I was a little shithead. Turned out the dude was in movies and we're not friends :/

There's a ton of good poo poo out there on scientology now, I suggest this podcast because they actually got in pretty deep before being exposed as journalists:

http://ohnopodcast.com/investigations/2016/2/1/ross-and-carrie-audit-scientology-part-1-going-preclear

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Proteus Jones posted:

Try reading that again with the knowledge that the "and" is separating two distinct clauses. He thinks the rate was 6%. It really repaired his credit.

I know he was missing a couple commas there, but it didn't make it unintelligible.

I was pretty scorched during that reply.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Not sure it's a scam: IT IS DEFINITELY A SCAM

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Midjack posted:

Posted in the BWM thread but belongs here too.


[quote]

It's like appearing to be rich and lying a bunch can get you anywhere in this crazy world.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Alan Smithee posted:

in america you sometimes get dudes going "yo I painted your address number on the street since it was fading pay me money"

They tried to do ours but asked first, they actually do cool colors and specialty designs here and if i wasn't renting I might have gone for it. That said the guy was a sketchy looking meth head but the results are fly.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

It's also on dailymotion, wow 11 seasons of new stuff to watch!

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

JacquelineDempsey posted:

I've worked a wide variety of places, from retail to hospitals to libraries to offices to restaurants.

I've never seen anyone ever question the pest control dude. Show up in some coveralls with some Orkin patches and one of those spray thingies, no one bats an eye, and they'll let you in anywhere.

There was this defcon guy that works as a corporate security consultant and he would just sneak in and social engineer/hack/lockpick his way into building and sensitive areas and access data. Pretty much the most stressful but awesome job because you won't get in trouble, but also the dude talked about how easy it was to get into place by just blending in.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Had some scammers show up at my door yesterday. 2 very sketchy dudes show up mumbling "wut power plan u got?" I've had these door to door dude come by before trying to sell me the most ridiculously overpriced power plan, the fact that this must work enough to warrant paying people to go door t o door is sad, also power plans are a total scam and piss me off, just show me the plain monthly number and stop hiding poo poo behind tiers of use and nightime use etc, it's all the same juice. Not sure if they will come back to rob me or not yet.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Initio posted:

I think Konstantin has it right. Complete the transaction at their bank. They can give you a legit cashiers check, or they can withdraw the $10k and hand it to you.

The biggest issue with a cashiers check or a money order is that you have no idea if itís real or not.

Just hold it up to the light, look real close at it, make a few Mmm hrmmm noises. If the guy runs away, you know it's real.

LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

Red Oktober posted:

What would happen if this was found to be from a compromised bank account? Could they reverse the transaction?

That catch me if you can guy talks about never using his bank account in any way because once the money's gone it's gone, i think.

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LifeSunDeath
Jan 4, 2007

I hated your old avatar so much I paid for this one from a gay furry visual novel. gay rights and smoke weed every day

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