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HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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He couldn't resist.
Comstar, killed by an exploding phone. Or a drone strike, it's not quite clear.

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HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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froward posted:

Hey just posting to say I haven't kept up with the thread at all, but if there's anything you guys want me to edit into the op let me know via pm or irc.

I think it's great to have a shop talk thread but all the machining is very far over my head.

Even posting in the thread you meant to seems to be somewhat beyond your capabilities.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


A lot of android apps require blanket permission to access just about everything on your phone or they simply won't install. You can relinquish control over all your private information, or not install anything. Your choice.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


If you have a mailing address for your cable provider, write them a cancellation letter and send it certified. It doesn't have to be fancy, but cancellation by phone is a crapshoot with, and only with for some reason, cable companies. The few bucks you pay for the certified mail more than justifies not having to deal with those assholes over the phone, or paying for the extra months of service while they slowly decide to finally cancel your service.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Oh I know where they're at. Send me some iTunes gift cards so I can post their bail.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Chef Bourgeoisie posted:

Caught up on the thread and actually had something to contribute!
Got an interesting one late in the day yesterday, texted to my phone.


Just to be safe I double-checked all my accounts through my actual bank's app, and everything was fine.
Was just curious what it might've been like had I called the number. A spiel about needing to verify my account information and then they run off into the night with my money?

Looks pretty legit. I too get messages from the pentagon every time I overdraft my checking account.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


I got an email from a woman I collaborated with last year, on a project that is long complete. We had not kept in touch. She asked to speak in confidence. I was very puzzled as to what this could be about but I said sure. Next email I get is this story about how sheís stuck in a foreign country and forgot her purse in a taxi so she has no phone, cards etc... and is there a western union near me. I smiled, deleted the email and went about my day. Iím sure the scammers who hijacked her email account have contacted others, who are much closer to her and were able to warn her about the issue. I hope she gets her account back.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Common scam: passing correlation off as causation.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Proteus Jones posted:

Van Meat is such a weird thing to me. I had literally never heard of it before this thread. All I've ever had offered to me were Van "Speakers*".



* - aka box with bricks in it.
The van speaker scam is actually a speaker sale. As in, you do get the pair of speakers you paid for. The scam part is that youíre getting lovely speakers that are not nearly worth the price you paid for them, and not even close to their weight in bricks.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


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.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


A good post.

Only thing Iíd add is if you like an artist or band and want to support them, go see them perform live and buy their merchandise at the show. They get to keep a lot more of the proceeds from that.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Whatís this one about? Taking the fall for trying to avoid tariffs, or something more sinister like drug trafficking?

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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ToxicSlurpee posted:

Yes. The short of it is that they want to obscure the actual origins of the package. The reasons can vary but that's the short of it.

It's also potentially for money laundering by shipping something of value to somebody else so they can sell it. There could also be stuff hidden in it that you don't know about. You might get like a few boxes that say they're full of tea or coffee or something that are...well, not tea or coffee.
Thanks, to you and Platystemon for the explanations. Googling reshipping scam once I knew the name brought up plenty of info on the inner workings.

As for scamming the scammers, like another poster mentioned, I would recommend against it. It seems pretty hard to prove to the law that youíre not in cahoots with the scammers even if you didnít know about the scam beforehand and thought it was a legit work opportunity. I canít imagine ďno you see I set up this fake identity and address to get back at the thieves, officerĒ coming across too well.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Today I saw people trying to sell goods and food out of a warehouse with Walmart written on the front. I didnít give them any money because Iím not stupid but Iím curious. Whatís the scam? I mean, it seems like a lot of trouble to stock the whole warehouse with goods and electronic registers near the exits just to get a few bucks out of dummies. They even had a dude in a security uniform and some little shopping carts outside.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Bangor Daily News posted:

Theft by unauthorized taking
Theft by theft you say? Why I never

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Itís not just mechanics that try to rip people off. Any profession with a large information asymmetry is susceptible to this phenomenon of ďexpertsĒ trying to pressure regular people into expensive services they donít need. My girl went to a dentist to have a piercing wisdom tooth that was causing her a lot of pain looked at. He told her it was badly infected and she needed surgery to remove the tooth to the tune of several thousand dollars. A round of amoxicillin later sheís doing just fine. The scam artist even charged her insurance $240 just for looking into her mouth. Didnít touch poo poo, didnít treat her.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Donít feel bad, if heís legit and working door to door he better toughen up fast. Heís gonna get a lot more abuse than ďno thanks.Ē

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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The only lottery thatís not a scam is the mega million type, where the grand prize is several tens or hundreds of millions. The chances of winning are astronomically low but for the people playing itís a more likely option for getting ahead in life than everything else at their disposal.

When you donít have access to education, family fortune, or investment banking and working harder will only get you more work, dumb luck is pretty much your only shot at ever owning a house. I mean, itís either that or armed robbery, and those tend to not end well.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Theyíre not interfering with the operation of the machine, so I donít think what theyíre doing qualifies as a scam, in spite of the journalist using that word several times.
I recall a trio of ďentrepreneursĒ hitting the roulette tables at French casinos a few years back. They used lasers to measure and predict the trajectory of the ball, and placed their bets in a group of most likely numbers. They were caught but prosecution failed because their method was not changing the outcome of the game, only predicting it. I donít have the link and may be misremembering some details.
In the same vein, card counting at blackjack isnít illegal, but it can definitely get you banned from a casino if youíre part of the tiny minority that actually does it properly.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Itís not a bunch, itís two people. One to play the minimum bet constantly while keeping the count, and signaling an accomplice who only comes to table when the count is good to bet the max allowed.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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rujasu posted:

Yeah, this - telling people to rescind organ donor status seems like harmful advice to me, can we not do that?
Thereís already the fear that being on a donor list makes you more likely to be preemptively declared dead by hospitals if you go in there looking like a promising organ box.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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When was funeral director not another way of saying casket salesman?

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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It might be legal to raise the price at the register, but itís a dangerous idea to propagate, for the business. Once youíve convinced your customers that the sticker isnít the Law and written by God himself, be ready to spend your days haggling with customers who decided that the laundry detergent you marked $6.99 should really cost $3, and so on.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

YOSPOS


Thatís not optimal. The way every store does it is to just have one of those items in stock for the entire store and let the customers be each otherís alligator.

HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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Itís not so simple. When companies game the system, they screw over the workers. When the workers game the system, they screw over other workers.

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HerStuddMuffin
Aug 10, 2014

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The hexadecimal file name as you say is probably because the movie was taken by a phone camera. Phones suck at naming movies and pictures. If you open it please let us know, now the curiosity is killing me too.

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