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bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Uh I think he was just a guy that ran out of gas and didn't have cash on him.

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bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


He gave them the gift card numbers right? His credit cards should be fine. But yeah unlikely to get that money back.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


I keep getting calls about medical grade braces. Is that such a large demographic that it's worth robo calling over?

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


750K will get you a modest townhome where I live, and that's probably still much cheaper than in a major city. Now let me tell you how real estate is a scam.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


It's like a 12 year old compiled all the tech words he knew and then really wanted to show them off. I also need to start using the term "adult vids (porno)" more.

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In case I do not get bitcoins, I shall certainly direct your videofile to each of your contacts, such as family members, co-workers, etcetera?

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


As a regular insulter of Chairman Powell, thank you for saving me from this scam.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


BiggerBoat posted:

These people steal all this money and can't afford a simple, basic translator/proof reader.

The idea is they want to find the people who are too dumb to realize it's a scam. Making the language seem off actually helps them.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


We just bought a house last 2 months ago. And now we got an official looking piece of paper saying they can provide us a copy of our deed for our records for just 85 dollars.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Not sure if it's limited to bikes or if that's just shows up for me due to my interests but every couple weeks Facebook will have ads for $5000 bikes being sold for $75. A bunch of different manufacturers with pictures and info ripped off the MFG website. Anyone else see these for other products? Like buy a new Tesla for $200! We will sell you this new house in Manhattan for $5000. The prices are laughably unbelievable. Also why not just sell things at a believable discount and just not deliver the product. It would at least be harder to tell that it's a scam in that case.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


shame on an IGA posted:

Efficiency demands the scammer filter out anyone credulous enough to bite but smart enough to figure out it's a scam after the scammer has already begun investing time in their case. It's very much to their advantage for the scam to obvious to all but the most absolutely doe-eyed.

How does the scam work then? I assumed it was just charge customer, then don't deliver product. In which case wouldn't it make sense to make it as believable as possible? I guess maybe their payment method could be "mail us cash in an envelope". I never bothered to actually try and buy anything from those ads.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Wicked Them Beats posted:

Imagine you're someone dumb enough to think the IRS would ever demand payment in gift cards. Now assume you REALLY want a cool motorcycle. And hey, you just found this ad for a cool motorcycle and it only costs $100! Add in a story about how the scammer had to leave the country or something else that you desperately want to believe because you want a bike and this is your only chance to afford one.

And yeah it will be something like mail us some cash or some gift cards or give me all your bank account information and we'll do a transfer and oops that's weird I accidentally transferred $5,000 to your account what a woopsie how about you send me back $3,000 and I let you keep the rest in apology.

Yah that would make sense. Though the website itself looks like a real website with a regular store. Though maybe once you try to buy you'll get a guy emailing you with a regular Craigslist scam.

Konstantin posted:

Chances are you'll get a bike, but it will be the cheapest possible Chinese crap with some stickers on it. They also use shady Chinese credit card processors, so you'll probably get a call from your credit card company asking if you authorized a charge from some company whose name is a bunch of random letters.

Again, why not charge a reasonable amount if your plan is to not deliver the actual product anyways.

DizzyBum posted:

First thing this makes me think of is penny auction sites.

Was a regular looking sale as far as I could tell, not one of those auction things where you have to pay to bid.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


MSG has a ton of sodium which, which is bad for you but that's about it.

Also one thing restaurants can do that you generally can't do at home is get a really hot wok for that wok hei.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


SEKCobra posted:

I don't understand how an electronic transfer can cost more, but I also don't understand american banks.

Because people want to do it and so the banks will charge you for the "convenience". The pricing is driven by demand, not cost.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Zereth posted:

Pretty sure this is penny wise and dollar stupid again, there's a lot of avenues for fraud that are open for checks that aren't for direct transfers. Some of which even hurt the bank rather than the consumers!

Generally in the US you can just assume that it's the consumer that's going to be shafted with 0 recourse.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Is there a way to have Google call screening to be the default action my phone takes if I get a call from someone not on my contacts list?

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Domus posted:

If you have to ask if it's rigged, the answer is almost always "yes". I can't think of many exceptions...the state lotteries perhaps?

If carnival games are rigged then lotteries and casinos are also rigged by the same definition. They're all specifically designed so they take in more money than they give out.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Blue Moonlight posted:

I don’t know that’s true - lotteries and casinos are strictly regulated. It’s common knowledge that “the house always wins,” but they’re doing it according to a rule book that is public knowledge, if not law.

Some guy bending the rims on his hoop game isn’t operating to any regulation or spec.

I mean you should just assume that anyone doing something as a business is doing it to make money and they wouldn't be doing it if they're losing money in the process. Then it becomes pretty obvious that the carnival games are designed to take in more than they're paying out, the mechanism in which they do it is irrelevant.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Same but bars and alcohol.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Just about everyone should have a credit freeze. There's no real downside to having one. Unfreezing takes less than 10 minutes when you need it.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Would the bank go after you, who is in the same country and under the same government as them and who has given them your name, address and a bunch of cash, or some random guy in Africa that they know nothing about?

They're going to go the path of least resistance.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Yikes.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


My co-worker is still paying +2k a month for day care even though it's been closed for the last 2 weeks and will be closed for the foreseeable future. He can't leave because every other day care has an enormous waiting list. Now that sounds like a scam to me.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


The stock market is a casino but the odds are in your favor. So it is kinda different.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Meanwhile CL auto flagged and de-listed every single attempt I made to sell my bike. Didn't even notify or tell me why. Ended up selling it through Facebook.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


It seemed automatic. I posted 3 times and it was flagged within 30 minutes.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Speaking of delivery scams. We ordered something through Doordash but got somebody's Grubhub order instead. Went to the Doordash website and put in a complaint, got an automated message saying a credit had been issued for the order. 10 days later, no credit. We contact customer support and they say it's now too late for us to contest the issue. We went into the Doordash website and took a screenshot of the message saying we got a credit and they just completely ignored the email. So now we're doing a credit card charge back.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Are they just counting on people to be too lazy to destroy them with credit card disputes?

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


So they show up close to the location and get priority on the assignment.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Open it on a library computer. Create a burner email and forward it to that first if you really want to be safe.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Just saw this on ebay. This is just the laziest attempt in the world to set up an illegal gambling operation right?

7 ounce bath salts in a sealed bag with real cash inside.
You can get $1,5 or $20
Each bath salt bag has at least $1 in each one.
Each Bill is inside a little plastic bag so it won’t contaminate the bath salts

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


We just bought a new car. Found the lowest price on Cargurus.com. Called the dealer, had them send us the price in writing. Drove over and paid for it. All in all, a pretty pleasant interaction.

We also called a couple other dealers to see if they could price match and they couldn't. All in all, the price out the door was something like 6k under MSRP.

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bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Hey, maybe it's to use windex to clean your glasses. You could be saving dollars a year on expensive glasses cleaning solutions! Dollars!

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Do you not ask them about the specific role and responsibilities before taking an interview? That's huge red flags if there's not a discussion first.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Is it that particular model or all Jeeps? I've seen bumper stickers that say "It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't get it". And they are correct!

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Yeah just look up Suntrust's number and call them if you're worried about the one on the letter.

Often legitimate messages that are worried about sounding like scams will say that. To look up their contact info to reach them rather than have them provide it in the email/voicemail.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


If someone didn't like you, they can just call you once and disable your phone for as long as they don't hang up? That makes no sense.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


You can just mark as spam/unsubscribe with gmail a few times and it will stop.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Are there really counterfeit video cards? I finally gave in and got a 3080 ti off ebay at 50% mark up. Came as advertised. Obviously the risk there varies a bunch by seller. I'm seeing cards regularly sell at $2000-$2100 for that card.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Interesting. In that case ebay actually might be safer since you're seeing actual photos of the product. Plus you can try and register the serial number once you receive the item. I suppose you can't be 100% safe though. I got my card last week and I'm glad everything appears to be as it should be.

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bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Absurd Alhazred posted:

Whom don't they own?

MacKenzie Scott!

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