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mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


Collateral Damage posted:

There's a guy panhandling in the subway station close to where I live. I see him a few times per month and he always uses the same "I lost my wallet and need money to get home". Funny how often he seems to lose that wallet.

This reminded me of two incidents I had with a scammer awhile ago.

I guess this happened a decade ago but I was at a bookstore and this guy came in saying that his daughter was going into labor and that he needed gas money to get to the hospital.

A few years later, I'm at a Burger King, about an hour and a half away from the first meeting, and the same guy came in with the same story: my daughter is in labor and I need gas money to get there.

He may not have been lying the first time though since the second time he did have a toddler with him.

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mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


It's not just you.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/smarter-living/stop-robocalls.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

Sorry for the mobile link. I have no idea if those apps really do anything to prevent robocalls.

mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


John Oliver did a video on this same topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U2eDJnwz_s

mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


BiggerBoat posted:

Are things like Lifelock and ID protection services generally scams?

https://www.wired.com/2010/05/lifelock-identity-theft/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf-xE5aF2Z4

mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


Some of the mechanics in my area have begun to take pictures while they do inspections. It's easy to show to the customer what the problem is and on the flip side, it probably gives a customer some confidence.

You can always ask to be shown what the problem is, whether physically showing you or with a picture.

i.e.

mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO0iG_P0P6M

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mariooncrack
Dec 27, 2008


Reminder, this is the best nextdoor thread:

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/938972453409140736.html

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