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BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

Taste the High Country


ToxicSlurpee posted:

Yahoo! is actually not all that evil. They are, however, staggeringly and bafflingly incompetent.

Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

Yahoo! may not be a scam, but Theranos certainly was: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/09/elizabeth-holmes-theranos-exclusive

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BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Anyone run into WorldVentures yet? Just had a coworker try to get me to sign up for it. $119 signup fee and $15 a month for the opprotunity to stay in cheap hotels and timeshare cruses? Sign me up!

https://web.archive.org/web/2013082...res-leader.html

https://whywaittoseetheworld.com/worldventures-this-is-not-the-way-to-travel-the-world/

http://vacationsooner.com/video/dreamtrips_gold_platinum_rep/english

Best I can tell, it's basically Primerica for vacations.

EDIT: Even better, found a pro-WorldVentures website practically daring you to sign up and sell.

http://kaduceusvacationtravelclub.com/beware-of-pyramid-schemes/

quote:

Let’s face it, not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Because if all we had were leaders, we’d have no followers. Even large companies, like Priceline, have a pyramid scheme. Except theirs points down, as that’s what they have to spend in order to gain your business. Vacation Sooner is offering a unique product that everyone wants and dollars trickle up to you. If you want to take advantage of that and start your own pyramid without the risk and blowing a lot of cash advertising, join as a Representative. Otherwise, stay part of the millions of people that simply DO NOT want to lead. They’re completely satisfied being complacent, and there’s nothing wrong with that. A matter of fact, this opportunity is for those doing JOBS that are wanting more. The chance to start their own business with minimal cost.

BigDave fucked around with this message at 23:28 on Jun 22, 2017

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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So, Florida is gonna get hosed.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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stringball posted:

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/

Yeah, I meant that for the Current Events thread.

Anyone still getting those scam calls that match the area code and local exchange of your number?

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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bongwizzard posted:

Weed isn't that good yet.

I think the strongest stuff out there peaks around 24, 25% THC content. Once they cross the 50% barrier, then yeah, you could probably travel the multiverse with it.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

Please donate at the $10 level so I can just get a couple of bucks for the bus to go see my sick mother at a job interview.

And another $10 for gas money so I can go pick up the ticket.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Panfilo posted:

Also I'm gonna need smokes.

GOOD smokes, not that Maverick crap. Newports or Camels.

...know what, just gimme your wallet.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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MightyJoe36 posted:

Okay I googled it. JFC. I guess you really can sell literally anything to people.

And sell it again and again and again!

I still love how, after all the televangelist bullshit, what finally brought him down was the classic 'oversell the booking' scam.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Nephzinho posted:

I made good money with that racket (that went directly into MTG packs).

I'm just now realizing what the MTG in MTGOX stood for.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Lutha Mahtin posted:

when i was in high school, we often had field trips to college fair days and had college admissions people stop by the school. i only realized years later that a big percentage of them were crummy for-profit schools. i went to a rural school, where the only colleges within a 90 minute drive were community/tech schools, so I've wondered if they targeted us more heavily than other areas. i certainly remember being impressed that there was a school called The Art Institutes where you could study COMPUTER GRAPHICS and the school was in a big city with so much cool stuff to do

Haha, oh yeah, The Art Institute. Guy I went to high school with got a AA in Computer Graphics from there.

$90,000.

Last I heard he was driving a semi to make his student loan payments.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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BiggerBoat posted:

I seriously suspect that within the next 5-10 years all of our SS #'s will be compromised and the government will scramble to fix it, if they're not already. That genie is out of the bottle and it's only a matter of loving time to my eyes. Only thing keeping people secure at this stage of the game is that hardly anyone has any loving money or net worth that would make someone even bother to go through the trouble of stealing it.

I'm not even kidding.

Meh, if they steal my identity it'll probably lose them money.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Just had a white van drive up to my house and offer to sell me a box of steaks.

Meat van scam lives!

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Blue Footed Booby posted:

I've literally told these people "sorry, I don't buy truck meat." Haven't seen them in years, though. You've made me all nostalgic.

http://door2doormeat.blogspot.com/?m=1

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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MANime in the sheets posted:

Sounds like SportClips. Great place. They keep your haircut on file so all you have to say at check-in is 'yes', and then yes or no to the shampoo/short massage upsell, then sit there and watch SportsCenter.

I'd prefer if they showed something else. I really don't care about the NBA draft or the PGA standings, just show CNN like every hotel in existence.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Proteus Jones posted:

Then don't go there? Their entire schtick is being sports themed.

...I like the hot towels.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Absurd Alhazred posted:

No, the Boston Likelys. Common mistake.

Ah, yes, founder of the Likely Real Estate Company.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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I used to work at Sears, and we had a 20 track CD for the in-store Muzak. About every 45 minutes, Hey There Delilah would play.

Over.

And Over.

And Over.

And Over.

I now hate this song with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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BiggerBoat posted:

I'm old enough to remember when "payola" was an actual scandal. Now it's the entire business model. Lot's of things follow this pattern. Maybe it's always been like this and I'm just naive.

Record labels looked at Alan Freed and said "He can't do that to our music! Only WE can do that to our music!"

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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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.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Raldikuk posted:

Depends on state. In MN employers have to pay within 30 days of hours worked

And if you quit/get fired, they have to cut you your last check within 24 hours.

CH Robinson held my last check for over 3 weeks, I had to file a DOL complaint to get them to pay up.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Absurd Alhazred posted:

I've gotten two calls that named the same person. I hung up the first one after saying "wrong number". The second one followed my saying it's the wrong number by trying to confirm an address. To which I replied "this is really a wrong number" and hung up again. Any idea what this might be?

Probably a debt collector.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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PhazonLink posted:

Welp it finally happened I got a spam call from my own number, twice even so far

Trust nobody, not even yourself.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Collateral Damage posted:

People actually pick up on calls from numbers they don't recognize?

You do if you're job hunting.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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ToxicSlurpee posted:

So how long until Ajit Pai says it's really not that big of a deal and actually a good thing?

Just before Trump fires him for not kissing the ring.

So, probably before the end of the year.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Tunicate posted:

They had legit ones in my city, they were really quite good deals.

So good that no businesses signed up to do it the next year.

My football team sold those one year for fundraising, we managed to sell enough to bankrupt not one but two Dairy Queen franchises.

Next year we sold water softener salt, which somehow made us more money then the cards.

BigDave fucked around with this message at 21:11 on Nov 20, 2018

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Only place I still use checks are at the DMV when I get my license or tabs renewed. They only take cash, check, or Visa, and they charge 5% to use a card.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Devo posted:

I've been getting calls from all over the country, 2-3 times a day for the last few months. All of them leave a voicemail in Chinese. I'm assuming they're trying to scam me but I don't speak Chinese.

Can't even block the fuckers because it's a different number every time.

Probably the Chinese embassy scam: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/04/scammers-impersonate-chinese-consulate

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

Taste the High Country


We keep getting Windows refund department calls at work, at least twice a day.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

Taste the High Country


Dumb Lowtax posted:

Just Googled my own name, and right after the first page the top result is a site with my personal cell number as the title, hosted on usphonebook.com. Not sure how they got it, guess I've had this phone number for too long.

Check this one too: https://www.fastpeoplesearch.com/

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Dumb Lowtax posted:

Just got a call from Tanya Perkins from the "student loan help center" saying that due to recent changes in the federal student loans forgiveness program, my loans might now qualify for forgiveness provided by the US Dept. of Education. If I want to see if I'm eligible to reduce or eliminate payments I have to call this number, blah blah blah. Scam targeting recent graduates who are way over their heads in debt and feeling anxiety over it

All we need for that to happen is 1) Have Warren win in 2020, and 2) every GOP member of the Senate over 70 having simultaneous heart attacks.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Theranos was a Ponzi scheme with extra steps.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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shame on an IGA posted:

neutron bombardment

Splitting the almond atom?

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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hyperhazard posted:

Some day I'll be in a nursing home, mind gone to jello, mumbling "Come play my Lord" and "Yesterday you said you'd call Sears."

"Trust the Gordon's fisherman"

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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shame on an IGA posted:

Here in my garage, just bought this new Lamborghini here. It’s fun to drive up here in the Hollywood hills. But you know what I like more than materialistic things? Knowledge. 

I remember that YouTube ad! Never could figure out what the scam was.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Mister Kingdom posted:

This is a new one: I got an email that told me they had my passwords for all the porn websites I am a member of. They hacked my webcam and will send copies of my masturbation videos to eight random people on my contacts list unless I send them $3,000 in Bitcoin.

I have 24 hours.

What WILL I do!?!?!

Start jerking off while staring directly into the webcam.

Maintain eye contact, establish dominance.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Eric the Mauve posted:

I just got a call from myself.

How were you doing?

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Eric the Mauve posted:

Couldn't say, I didn't leave a voicemail. I must have been in a hurry.

Call yourself back and check in, you don't know if you have something serious going on.

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BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

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Dik Hz posted:

I'm apparently a dude named Jimmy that has borrowed a lot of money from payday lenders.

At one point I was a Bosnian (?) named Senad who owes Peterbuild money for his truck.

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