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Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Palisader posted:

He said the Target was closing, I assumed he meant permanently. Not much left to care about then.

I've gotten a couple of free things over the years because of the sort of thing he's alluding to, but it's been like, a 24 pack of water the cashier forgot to scan, or the cat scratching post that customer service just gave to me because it wouldn't scan and it was very busy. A TV is uh, pushing it a little.


His post is silly though, he only explicitly said he got free stuff by being an rear end in a top hat, never by being nice. And both his 'companies' were definitely big chains despite his advice. He just wants to sound cool in front of his internet friends.

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Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



A real person, who is easily duped by vague threats about 'trouble' their sister is in.

Basically, you're an idiot, it's most likely not real.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



drunk asian neighbor posted:

On the other side of the coin, FDA fuckery also means that a lot of things that may be legitimately beneficial go ignored for various reasons. The classic example is , which despite being scientifically proven a billion times as having multiple significant lines of research re: medicinal properties, is still categorized as a Schedule I drug, meaning the government's official stance on it is "no medical uses at all and no allowances for medical study," which results in poo poo like Marinol and Sativex (used to treat motion sickness, seizures and many symptoms of degenerative neuronal diseases) being readily available in almost every country in the world except the US.

Another example is 5-HTP. It's a chemical precursor to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that the most common antidepressants indirectly act on. You can get it on Amazon or at GNC or Walgreens or wherever, and in my personal experience it's a godsend. Several years of expensive, zombifying SSRIs, and 5-HTP treats my depression significantly better, without turning me into an emotional cripple. I know several people with similar experiences, but you better believe it's got that wonderful THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT DISEASE. labels on the bottle.

I worked at a pharmacy that sold marinol in the mid to late 2000's in Texas. I think it's been a part of the pharmaceutical regimen in the US for years. The problem is that nobody wants to prescribe it, and it's really annoying because you tend to have to refrigerate it, if I'm remembering which pot-based-drug marinol is accurately.

That said, it is dumb af that pot is illegal.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Trasson posted:

What if it tastes like a Trojan?

I knew your mother could identify brands by taste, but I didn't know she taught you too.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Lutha Mahtin posted:

--an awful human

No, but you see, s/he has never lost (amount equal to about a dollar) to a SCAMMER.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



PT6A posted:

I don't know what "technology" classes are like in school these days but if they're like mine were, maybe they ought to focus less on Microsoft Word and touch typing, and more on how not to get your (and your employer's) poo poo pushed in by obvious scams.

What incentive would the corporations that create the curriculum for our school systems have to train us not to fall for scams?

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



many johnnys posted:

Nah, the Christian angle is old as heck, I ran into it a bunch even ten years ago. Appealing to religion seems to be a good way to find suckers but the scammers always lay it on so thick.

That might have come out wrong, it's like "oh you're a part of my in-group" which tried to make them look more trustworthy, and a pastor! Doing a religious mission! And offering this opportunity to fellow Christians too! If you find that stuff significant (as many so) is easier to get taken for a ride.

Why would you not lay it on thick though? Like, if I wanna find the densest, least aware person I can, being a little obviously scammy weeds out people who won't go on to be marks.

If you find someone with no ability to tell if you are being genuine or not, then you can really take them for a ride.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Aside from going to jail for insurance fraud?

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



BiggerBoat posted:

Comcast cable box update.

I returned the remaining equipment I had but, stunningly, they had no record of me even attempting to cancel my TV and phone services and gave me a direct number to call to do it AGAIN, so the month delay for the last box I kept had nothing to do with anything. My bill WAS lower, because of the poo poo I had returned right away, but, as I suspected, they basically just left the service on because they could and I had no way to prove I had called so they billed me for it.

The dude at Xfinity store straight up told me that the delay in the equipment return had no bearing on anything and gave me the REAL number to call for cancellation so gently caress all you people that tried to hang this horseshit on me.

You had equipment out, that they could tell you were using.

It's a huge mystery why it didn't get canceled the first time!

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



I do love the constant goon cycle of

1. Post about issue
2. Willfully and angrily ignore all advice
3. Even more angrily report that issue is not over
4. Get even more double extra mad that people point to earlier advice while declaring that it wasn't valid for 'reasons' (despite all evidence it would have worked)

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Who in the world thinks 147 pounds a a year is 'expensive' for television? That's like a netflix sub.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



HerStuddMuffin posted:

Whatís the scam, though? How does anyone benefit from circulating a canard like this one? Itís not like unattended children crying on the sidewalk with address papers in their hands are all that common in the first place. Nor would it be a particularly bad idea to take them to the nearest police station if you found one, assuming theyíre white and you are as well.

It's invented to stoke racial tensions and increase or confirm right wing bias against anyone that fails the paper bag test.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Platystemon posted:



Who rounds 1024 up to 1025? Either leave it exact or round it down to one thousand (which is also the exact value if you measure in real kilobytes).

Scams like this often make very weird, basic errors to set off the scam warning for people too savvy to fall for their idiocy. That looks like a pretty good example of that.

Or the scammer doesn't know enough about computers to know why 1024 is significant.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007




You're dumb as hell if you don't think a version exists demanding they be British, Australian, etc. All majority English speaking countries get similar scams.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Maybe the spa has an old system that does all cc transactions at once, scheduled at 2am. That used to be a thing that most companies did and some smaller companies still do it.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Lutha Mahtin posted:

no you still clearly have your MAGA hat firmly seated

This is a really weird way to react to someone who didn't say anything of the sort that I've seen in this thread. Maybe chill out.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



https://mobile.twitter.com/willsommer/status/1064875576035561472?s=19

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Was driving a couple days ago and some guys in a van signal for me to roll down my window. I do, and they immediately ask if I want to buy a TV for a discount. When I say no, they offer to sell me some porn DVD's. I say have a no thanks, have a nice day, roll my window up and drive off.

It was surreal. Who gets harassed into buying a tv? Who buys porn DVD's from strangers off the street? It was ridiculous.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



BiggerBoat posted:

Holy poo poo, I get these too. What's the story with this one?

Its... a scam?

You put in your credentials at the link and they use that to get your info. Its not complicated.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



BiggerBoat posted:

I just wondered how their text messages wound up on my phone. I get a bit of scammy calls but can't remember ever getting a text one.

There are also.programs that can text, based on the same number as the ones that call. They just share/sell number lists.

Wait until you start hearing from JR and being offered fast cash, 5000$ imediatly

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



bad posts ahead!!! posted:

next time i'll just say "my phone number is in my file" and see what happens


but wouldn't it be a decent way to get numbers they absolutely know are live, that very day?

They absolutely do not care about that. It's a number game and the best/cheapest way to do it is to just dial every number ever with an autodialer.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Its not like amazing for your kidneys in overabundance, but yeah the risks are somewhat overblown.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Itís easier to keep a small checkbook in my desk that I will never ever ever use all the checks in than it is to get money orders. What a backwards rear end solution.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Tubgoat posted:

I can't imagine that Wolff is involved, fucker's broke and unpopular with their crowd.
Randi is at least chud-adjacent or extreme succ, as he does not feel that American Atheists is an Islamophobic organisation. It hella is. Source: Ran into him in a hotel hallway at an American Atheist convention. American Atheists is headed by a chud whose goal is to normalise godlessness in the halls of power, an ostensibly righteous cause, but his god is Mammon, and their Atheism is in fact a Theism. Sister still a member but doesn't worship it as many others do.

what

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Ok, sure, but Mammon?

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Sure, but this is probably not the thread.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



BiggerBoat posted:

Ok, I'll bite.

Why not?

Tell me about common cons/scams

Man I'm definitely not a defender of religion, but if you can't figure out why 'the thread where we talk about telemarketers and internet scams' isn't the place to say 'ALL RELIGION IS A SCAM MAN' 7th grade atheist takes then I just don't know.

I'm sure we could get some traction out of like, specific megapreachers and their scams though.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Casinos are fun, but it's just paid entertainment. If you keep that in mind, casinos change from 'scam and rip off!' to 'drink with your friends for a few hours playing a game'. It's an expensive diversion, but the odds for every single game are easily looked up, same with the lotto. I used to go to the casino and have fun, you just pull out x amount of money and consider it the cost of the evening. If you walk out with part of it, or more, then bonus. Otherwise, that was your entertainment for the night.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



No, but the existence of alcoholics doesnít mean we should ban alcohol, in my opinion. Mentioning that some (most) people can gamble in moderation is just being used as a counter example to the posters who are trying to equate Ďyou can try to maybe win money, but the odds arenít goodí to Nigerian prince scams.

Gambling addiction is real and damaging, but there are many, many people who can go, have fun, and leave without any problems.

Though I will admit more money spent on addiction treatment programs is absolutely a net social good.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Absurd Alhazred posted:

I don't give a poo poo if you do or do not ban casinos, just don't pretend that there's a moral failing involved in losing house and home to these vultures, because that's how they get away with it.

I will continue to not do that. I've not read that from any other posters in this thread either.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



and what about that sportsball, you guys!!! iamverysmart

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



My wife has a fairly common Scandinavian/Nordic first name and she has firstname@gmail.com. She gets pictures, concert tickets, medical records, and all sorts of things in her inbox weekly. She only really follows up when it seems important (receiving notice of a will reading, medical test results, concert tickets, etc.)

Itís a huge source of frustration for her.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Fruits of the sea posted:

Yeah, I'm surprised nobody had introduced me to the con before now, but I guess it's a regional thing. Where I used to live, it was always credit card fraud/counterfeit money or people stuffing poo poo down their pant legs.

This isn't really a con or scam, but the most impressive theft I saw from a decade ago was an addict who had a taxi waiting for him outside. Grabbed almost an entire display of blu rays and booked it into the cab. Well, probably a little more than a decade ago, since it was blu rays.

This happened to me when I was working in the pharmacy at a grocery store. I was outside talking to a coworker and a guy pulled up in a truck, left it on with the door open, disappeared inside then came running out a minute later with a whole armful of DVDís and steak, hopped in his truck and sped off.

The store manager was furious.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Tubgoat posted:

Same but with all economic parasitism such as planned obsolesence, rentseeking and landlordism.

You can just say Capitalism.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



In the future, everything is paid in late 2010ís Apple iTunes gift cards. Send me $10,000 now and weíll be millionaires when you get to 2030!!

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



https://twitter.com/silentpocket/status/1189698587845771265



So basically itís just turning off your phone, but your battery also goes down.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Tubgoat posted:

The "flu" "vaccine" is a scam. Vaccinations are not a scam, they are the foundation of reaching adulthood alive and uncrippled. But the flu "vaccine" is bullshit. It's never the correct one.

You have no idea what a vaccine is or how the flu virus works, or what the flu shot does.

That said, antivaxx stupidity is definitely a common con/scam so this is thread relevant.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



Absurd Alhazred posted:

A lot of these sex spam emails I get are really weird, but what the gently caress?



"Let me swallow ya kids daddy"!? Who thinks that's sexy?! Who is the target audience?!

Cronus.

Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



BiggerBoat posted:

And it all basically says "everything in this ad is patently untrue but we're required by law to disclose it and this is the smallest font we're allowed to use". The sped up radio disclaimers really slay me because they pay by the minute so they rush through it. I'm sure there's also some law that says they can play it at 45 but not 78 speed.

No one under the age of 40 will know what that means.

Not if you donít include the units.

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Captain Monkey
Aug 23, 2007



I'm sauteed vegies.

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