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stringball
Mar 17, 2009



"Free trial" bullshits are something I hate with a passion

Usually how they work is: you give your info and they send you a small amount (its usually diet secrets doctors don't want you to know) and you give your credit card just to cover shipping and then they charge a stupid amount automatically without asking

They're usually almost impossible to get someone over the phone or email to cancel before the auto shipment and have some sort of "satisfaction guaranteed!" and still impossible to get a refund

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stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Absurd Alhazred posted:

I once bagged some pre-made meal at a grocery store, just to make sure it doesn't leak, but did pass it through the register. The cashier just assumed I came in with it and didn't ring it in. I only realized this when I was halfway out of the store and thought that it was weird I had had to pay so little; then I looked at the receipt, saw the mistake, and came back in to pay for it.

I've seen people that go to the pharmacy or other departments, buy something there and then throw stuff in the bag and either walk out or go to another register and buy something else small and say "hey I bought this at the pharmacy"

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Palisader posted:

It's usually more that they're hoping anyone watching the doors will see their cart full of unbagged things and think "oh that's all right, those things aren't supposed to be bagged! Surely this person has purchased all those items." It's usually something you'll see more often at a big box store like Walmart, because the door greeters are more likely to be easily distracted and have zero way of knowing if you really did just leave a register.

Another one I've heard of but not personally seen is the bigass packages of bud light with a handle and the beer can showing on it, people will load batteries/makeup/whatever is small enough to slip in between the handle and beer cans and just ask the cashier to scan the beer with the gun while in the card

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Speaking of universities can someone tell me about "university" of phoenix, ITT tech, Collins college (they changed the name iirc after a shitton of bad publicity) or any for-profit schools?

From what I know they put people in awful debt and a "degree" that's probably not even worth the paper it's printed on

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



BiggerBoat posted:

Who could forget the biggest scam of all?

Comcast.

They sign you up for a "deal" then gradually escalate your payments until you one day realize that your loving bill is $165. When you call them, you're on hold for an hour, dealing with a guy named "Steve" who somehow has a very thick Indian accent, then routed through several different departments where you're offered another "deal". Wash, rinse, repeat. Half the time your call is dropped entirely between transfers and you have to call back and go through the whole process again.

There's no record of the previous call or anything you changed, ordered or cancelled. Somehow, 2 months later, your bill always winds up exactly where it was when you tried to pare it down and weed out the services you don't want. If you tell them you ONLY want internet and basic cable, somehow that costs MORE than extended cable, land line and internet.

This is the biggest communications company in the world and they willfully and intentionally flat out suck at communicating. It's genuinely incredible to witness. And you have no recourse because they hardly have any competition.

What I'm saying is "gently caress Comcast"

When I switched from century link (had OK customer service) the prices from comcast were better for better speeds, the guy setting up the service said I had no data caps

Months later I managed around $140 in overages because my parents watched Netflix nonstop

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Soulex posted:

This isn't a scam per say but something I've been noticing is Ill get a call from my area code and I'll pick up to hear a "There's good news for you!" Robot. I tried to call back once to yell and complain only to get a normal sounding dude. Apparently, they used his number to call me, and it happened that my wife started getting these return calls a bunch. So much that she had to change her number. My guess is that the scammers do this to not get caught, but also to run up minutes or data and make you pay out in the long run.

I heard that when you answer a robo or talk to someone you get marked as a live number and I think lots will sell your number and it spreads a ton

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Some are almost never allowed to hang up on you so maybe you can have fun with them or find some soundboards to use if you're really bored

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



CrisisCarolina posted:

My ex fell for a ton of scams. One was a door to door salesman selling water filters. At around $4k a pop. You could buy nearly the same thing online from Lowes for about $400. Guy comes in and tests your water, telling you how bad it is, etc etc and how this filter will be amazing, they'll even ship it for you if you move! I tried to interject about how we weren't interested, and was literally told that the MEN would talk about it. After my ex signed the papers and the dude left, I handed him his phone and told him to call them and cancel it asap. He also fell for the good ole "we're selling magazines at school so we can go to a trip to europe!" I still get stupid goddamn emails about 4 wheeler magazine.

The very latest ones he's fallen for are beach body. After a move he became friends with one of the coaches who convinced him he'd make big bucks doing it. So of course he signs up, spending $200+ a month on work out shakes (and this was when we were extremely chafed for money. Not exactly the time to be spending that kind of money on a MLM scam) and is sure he'll make tons of money on the side doing this, because the dude who got him into it does. The other guy genuinely makes a disgusting amount of money off this poo poo, he got out of the army and him and his wife basically peddle their work out shakes to people, they're almost like a cult. Last but not least, he fell for the sign up and win a free cruise scam (so long as you pay airfare!!!!). Dudes called him at work saying he won and he was more than happy to fork over his bank account information without a second thought to look the people up. The first few google results were straight up about how the company was a rip off and how you'd wind up paying dramatically more than what they say you will. Needless to say he's out $600 and looked like a 10/10 dumbass when he posted on facebook saying how excited he was. The said part was all the people that replied to the post were equally excited, no one else had the sense to realize that poo poo was too good to be true and gently let him know he'd been scammed. There's a reason we're divorced.

I had one of these I think, they said they were from the county (I've lived in that house for 24 years and that was the first time anyone has came) and wanted my phone number to tell me the result

I gave them water from the dog water bowl, a boxer lab mix that drools sometimes and said I didn't have a phone

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Xequecal posted:

Well, it looks like MyEcon sells other things besides questionable tax advice, like these discs the same co worker was gushing about today:


http://www.firstquantumconnection.com/

Doctor dick sure knows how to cure a headache with a $40 piece of plastic and $40 wristband, money well spent?

quote:

Relief: Have to share a personal testimonial with you. I was in a car accident about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I did suffer some injuries, mainly soft tissue. Anyway I’ve been getting treatment and feeling better but I’ve really been having some headaches. Yesterday was an especially bad day to the point where I was ready to take some Aleve. Dr. xxxx worked on me about 5 in the afternoon, I felt better but the headaches persisted. As I was being worked on by Dr. xxx he found some very active trigger points that when pressure was applied referred pain to my head. When I got home I told my wife to put the pain chips on the exact trigger points. I’m not exaggerating this; my headaches went away in 5 minutes. Now I’ve had some personal success with the energy and sleep, but haven’t had really with the pain. Really hasn’t had much pain until recently with the car accident. Long story short, this is something that works.
Great stuff!!!

— Darin, TX

stringball fucked around with this message at 08:49 on May 19, 2016

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Cousin came over yesterday to come try to sell the CRAZY WRAP THING??? and it was pretty stupid because she believed it was some sort of miracle cure for her double chin and was in the process of doing it for her stomach

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Tea.EarlGrey.Hot. posted:

Why not just give them some fake info? Do they check ID?

I assume that "going with the the guy" meant you signed up and bought a starter package

stringball
Mar 17, 2009




She didn't come over to try to sell it to me but my slightly overweight stepmom who is actively trying to lose weight with exercise and diet and she asked how it worked and gave me "wellllll it has some medication and can pull the toxins and other bad stuff from your fat, and It Really Just Does Work"

They're crazy expensive for a one time loving use too

late edit : The stupid thing is that she's worked for an urgent care, a neuroscience center and now a physician all as a receptionist for years, but still bought into the bullshit, I would at least expect some small sense of snake oil garbage but I guess not!

stringball fucked around with this message at 09:22 on Jul 29, 2016

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Could be seeing where your wallet is?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



shame on an IGA posted:

GiP is the best place to lurk for sovcit comedy, probably 30% of posts in the cop thread are declarations of undying fealty to P. BARNES.

not sure why you wouldn't post the video

but looking at sovcit websites there's expensive as hell packages, then on another page say that money is evil and that society needs to move away from it

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



bongwizzard posted:

I would be very hard pressed to not plug a found USB into something. Way too curious/nosey.

some guy posted that he found like 20 gigs of bbw porn, he went back the next day and put it back where it was

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



I worked at an inbound only Verizon cell phone service and we couldn't hang up even of they were threatening to literally kill us or bomb the place, the protocol was to put him on silent hold or keep talking to him if possible while supervisors called the cops, thankfully we never had to do that

We couldn't even hang up on extremely obviously prank phone calls that had zero interest or even owned a verizon phone/account

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



I would mostly figure the people that have setups outside of Walmarts and other stores are at least slightly legit because they would be kicked off promptly if they didn't have permission

But doesn't exactly mean the thing is doing good or not and hopefully they researched them before allowing then to setup

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Moving services are also plagued with scams/theft/careless movers who break poo poo do a bunch of unfortunate people have been double scammed/conned when moving

Hell, searching "moving scams" brings up it's own world of fake reviews and fake websites that link to lovely places

stringball fucked around with this message at 02:48 on Dec 22, 2016

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



This is some very meta spam I got, it is incredibly hard to imagine that someone fell for an email scam, and then fall for this scam right after it, of course it's loving happened. I wonder what was going on in their heads this time around after being conned once. The police station address is real if someone were to google it but I'm sure they used some random one

quote:

UN COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS UNIT
Berks County Sheriff 633 Court Street #3
Reading, PA 19601 United States


Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday's
Telephone: +1 (redacted some random PA number)
Attention: Beneficiary

Without mincing words, I am convinced 100% that you have had bitter experiences with various 'scam artists' claiming to be high government officials and thereby defrauding you of your 'hard-earned money. The activities of these 'scam artists' has changed your perspective about conducting business on the internet, and you now believed that there is no genuine business that can be conducted on the internet. I was informed of your dealing with several agencies who wanted to take actions on you. I have resolved the issues with them. You are saved from their troubles from henceforth. All you need to do now is to kindly follow this single step I am asking you to take, and see this whole issue come to an end within few-days.

An official meeting was held here in Pennsylvania , PA. with the (IMF) International Monetary Fund, the new President of Nigeria and Minister of Finance and also the (EFCC) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission concerning unpaid and unclaimed Compensations Funds to foreign beneficiaries for been a scam victim, just like you I was very much annoyed when I found out that you have been through much and yet you never received your Compensation Funds. Now in conclusion that the UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION UNIT will pay out your COMPENSATION to you without any further delay.

Please kindly reconfirm the listed details to enable verify with the names and informationís we have on our payment system to avoid any mistake and enable us release your compensation Fund to you through your preferred mode of Payment.

1. Your Full Name
2. Cell Phone Number
3. Country/state
4. Your home Address.

You can call or text me with : +1 (redacted some random PA number)

Respectfully yours,
Mr. Reginald Lovette.
Email; mr.reginald1l@yahoo.com
UN COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS UNIT
Berks County Sheriff 633 Court Street #3
Reading, PA 19601 United States.

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Isn't Yelp known to "extort" businesses by calling and asking them to setup some system to get the bsuiness noticed, and if they don't their "highly secret reccomendaton software" hide good reviews?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Blue Footed Booby posted:

At this part the problem seems to be easy access to VoIP. All the calls I get have obviously spoofed info since there's no way I'd get this many calls from real phones with the same area code and first three digits as me.

holy poo poo I didn't realize this until you mentioned this just now, the first 3 digits of mine are shared with the other 4 on my family's plan making it even more fun

Also cable/satellite is a major scam and almost everyone my age doesn't even bother with it. I legit wonder if when it's going to crash hard, either when even the moms/dads realize its loving dumb or when their main customer base dies

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Thanatosian posted:

The cable companies are already moving into content creation and internet streaming, so pretty much never.

I meant more of a "pay $250 for endless garbage channels" kind of thing


-------------------

I love reading dumb spam mails I get and this one was was defiantly unique:

quote:

My Dear Beloved Friend,

Greetings. Please let this not sound strange to you because I am not asking you of money, for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year. I prayed and got your email address from your countrys guest book which I have been with my late husband and I wish to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies grant me. In function of your good profile, I want to solicit your assistance in the discharge of my will. I am Mrs. Susan Read from London and am aged 65 years suffering from endometrial cancer. Please, I want you to help me create a charitable project with the money that I inherited from my deceased husband who died in a motor accident. I was brought up from a motherless baby's home and was married to my late husband for twenty nine years without a child.

My friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness and I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them anymore, so I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of 9m Pounds with my bank. All I need is an honest person who will use at least %60 of the funds as I instructed, then the rest %40 will go to you for helping me accomplish this mission because donating this money to charity is the only legacy I can leave behind after my death. No money is required from you to carry on with this project because it is my heart desire to make a generous gift to you to work for a charity in your country, I don't mind if you are a Christian or Muslim
but I dont know if I can trust you because there are greedy and fraudulent people over the world. I will give you more details as soon as I hear from you.

Looking forward for your urgent response.

Regards.

"yes god gave me your email address from a guestbook that was with my dead husband. Also gently caress anyone who isn't christian or muslim and I cant trust you yet even though god gave me your email"

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Pilsner posted:

I'm just contesting that you call it a "scam". It's completely transparent what you get, you pay the price advertised

Assuming you still live in denmark there's no way this applies in america and I would hope denmark/EU enforces this and doesn't let companies like comcast to exist

I got charged for speed boost or some poo poo and the rep didn't even know why it was put on my bill

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Next time I get a call i'm gonna use lifelock's ex-ceo's social security number (that he publicly gave out and 13 people used it for various things). In the event they try to run the number (or whoever they sold it to) what would show up or would the attempt be flagged?

He probably got a different SSN after his dumb claims that the identity protection was so good he gave it publicly, I wonder if they even bother to track it after they came out and said it was used successfully 13 times

http://www.businessinsider.com/lifelock-symantec-ceo-identity-theft-ftc-charges-2016-11

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Got a dumb automated call from my area code+first 3 digits of my number about some free cruise/hotel combo with voice recognition and the robot asked "I just need to give you some more information, is that ok?" I of course yelled gently caress no you idiot into the phone, the bot registered it as a no and hung up

I remember reading something about simply getting someone to say "yes". If I said yes, what could possibly (even worst case scenario) happen?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Tunicate posted:

It's just an urban legend

Google brings up some stuff, and I found it strange that they were hoping/baiting me into simply saying"yes I want to know about your free cruise"

Also I could tell straight away it was a bot, but they made to have it sound like a real person and someone could for sure be fooled

stringball fucked around with this message at 21:13 on Jul 7, 2017

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



The Sexual Shiite posted:

My boss hosed up and did this. We started getting black xerox cartridges for a copier model we didn't have with bills for 300 each every two days. The legal department had to get involved.

When I looked this up before I posted they brought up a point: Why do they need your voice specifically when they could just say yes to whoever themselves?

My guess after was if you do end up going to court your "yes" recording could be brought up as proof "you" did it? My other guess is having the bot bait you into saying certain words if the victim doesn't realize he/she is talking to one...?

stringball fucked around with this message at 22:40 on Jul 7, 2017

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Yeah snopes was for sure one the first ones I read, just my ~*~*super special anecdotal evidence~*~* lead me to think there was something there

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Still getting my area code+first 3 digit robot "Hi I'm Turing from rreward center, can you hear me?"

I say nothing and it goes on to tell me that I won and say yes if I want to proceed and hear the great reward I got!

I say nothing each time and the call ends there, I've posted this before but I get them 2-3 times a week now

The 3 other lines on my plan all start with the same area+first 3, but when the robot caller numbers have +1 always, and my family never does

Does this imply they're out outside the states? The voice is very American and is probably impossible to be as happy as this girl sounds about doing cold outbound calls

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Can a UK goon tell an idiot american about TV taxes? The concept of it is odd and I remember hearing the collectors go door-to-door, bringing up great opportunities to scam people apparently

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Fil5000 posted:

It's not hugely complicated - you need a license to watch broadcast TV or to watch the BBC online.

The Wikipedia page on it left me very confused before I asked this, thank you!

£147 seems like a lot of loving money to watch TV, why is it so expensive or even needed?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



martinlutherbling posted:

Ah yes hurricanes, the biggest scam of all.

E: Unless...did FEMA make the storm?

Even if he posted that in here by accident, there's lovely people price gouging, if you could consider that a scam

So a hurricane techincally can cause people to be scamed

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/06/hurricane-irma-case-water-sells-99-99-amazon-residents-fear-price-gouging/636893001/

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Anyone who has handled even a moderate amount of cash should be instantly able to tell that a bill (probably printed on standard computer paper in this case) isn't legit just by holding it up to the light

Unless the drug dealer is as dumb as them I'm pretty sure he could spot the bill from a mile away, and he should be able to close his eyes and feel the fake one easily

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



I really wish I could find a Craigslist post compilation where a shoe fetish dude kept asking for pictures of the seller wearing the high heels, the wife got fed up and had her husband wear them and sent pictures of his big hairy feet that didn't fit at all into them


...at least I think that's how it went some details might be off bit the general idea was still that

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Is there a reason they say it's nesscary for you to be in the USA? (first in the list if it matters I guess?)

Maybe a "you're American so you're super special to us" pride thing?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Doctor_Acula posted:

Maybe you folks can help.

On my way to my office, I stopped into a Shell station

Hi I work for 76 under the andeavor umbrella (formerly western refining). I don't know where you live but our shells and others are sister stations that we are interchangeable easily at. Ours aren't independently owned, they should have a district manager or operations manager?

Go to any relatively close location that's listed here and see if you explain what happened and if you can talk to the district/operations manager.

I know it may not be the same case and it is independently owned, a a number here might be able to help.

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



I wonder if hitting 2/take me off the list just marks you as a live/responsive number (obviously not taking you off), or would that happen if you picked up in the first place?

stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Cute scam I came across, I need a new license and clicked the Google ad (the very first link, of course) fully knowing it would be a bit misleading, and after clicking any of the standard DMV services you're redirected to this great site


After 2 paragraphs of how important it is you have a valid license and making it look like this is where you'd order such thing, it tells you it's just a site that provides info that's totally free from the state, but for $24 you get comphrensive guide for DMV services from us

I can't imagine this exact thing is illegal, but it's lovely and I dunno if they could even take such sites down?

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stringball
Mar 17, 2009



Is a chain/franchise going to be more or less likely to scam than a local guy? I have 4-5 chains I could probably push my car to by my apartment (unrelated, why is this a common business thing? You can see the others they're so close if you were at one location, and two auto part stores across the street from each other) but always drive 30 minutes for someone my dad/family has trusted for years

stringball fucked around with this message at 13:57 on Jan 22, 2019

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