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Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Taste the Rainbugh posted:

I'd plug it into my tv to see what files are on it first

Theoretically, this could allow your TV to participate in DDoS attacks like the one that took down Krebs, yes? I mean, super unlikely, but it *could* happen.

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Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Shawon Dunston posted:

The best part is that the group student registration costs $50 more than five individual ones would.

Well tables aren't free ya know

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

many johnnys posted:

Nah, the Christian angle is old as heck, I ran into it a bunch even ten years ago. Appealing to religion seems to be a good way to find suckers but the scammers always lay it on so thick.

Can confirm. Back in my Geek Squad days, I'd constantly see people come in with computers infected to hell and back and loaded up with tons of bible quote toolbars and stuff. They were always aghast when I suggested that the people offering such things might not be on the level. Not just old people, either.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Lutha Mahtin posted:

is it a fake 20?

From another article about the same guy: http://www.popville.com/2015/11/beware-of-the-20-for-two-10s-scam-guy-is-back-in-farragut-and-now-hitting-up-businesses/

quote:

“This morning I was in my favorite little coffee shop (Cafe Grande) on K Street between 17 and 18th and a guy came in with the “$20 for two $10’s” scam. He’s a hunched over, African-American man who is probably 5’4” wearing a red jacket and a grey hat. Having read about that here I told him to go away but he convinced the woman at the register to “make the change” for him. I watched him as he pocketed the $20 and started screaming at her “for only giving him $1.” I stepped in – as did a couple of other patrons – saying “this is a scam, don’t worry you gave him a $20.” He got very vocal and started yelling at us, saying we were trying to take money from a homeless man, etc. The cashier (who had limited English and was very upset by the entire situation) threatened to call the police at which point he walked out. Just wanted to give people working in the area the heads up!”

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

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.

yeah, same. I get one like that almost every day, bever the same last 4 numbers.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Hell, I'd reply to that email just to see what the next step is, and string them along as long as possible.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Pilsner posted:

Why are you so angry about cable/sat TV and hope that the market crashes, when it's a completely voluntary service? Just don't subscribe to it if you don't like it. Calling it a "major scam" is flat out incorrect.

In the sense that you have to pay for 30 channels you don't want just to get one or two you do, he's right. To get my local CSN affiliate so I can watch hockey games, I also have to pay for ESPN and the NFL Network - two of the most expensive channels, and I NEVER watch them at home. Not to mention garbage like the Big 10 network, Speed, and all the other channels that come with it.

I've wound up totally cutting the cord during the offseason to make up for it, which sucks for obvious reasons.

With 'data thresholds/caps' and things like that, internet is almost as bad - and its even worse in Canada.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Lutha Mahtin posted:

nobody lives in your mythical lolbertopia where there is a perfect free market. it doesn't exist

Counterpoint: 2000s Russia.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

PT6A posted:

What they've done here is make sports channels available individually, as they're now required to do, but they're so expensive that you might as well just pay another $2/month and get the full package with some other poo poo.

I have a bigger issue with the fact that I need to buy two separate packages to get CBC Newsworld and BBC World at the same time from my current provider, yet somehow I have Fox News for free. gently caress that poo poo.

So they just substituted one problem for another? CABLE COMPANIES? You must be kidding.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Michael Corleone posted:

My dad has Lifelock, guess he is getting scammed, not that I didn't already know that.

Eh, lifelock isnt a scam perse, but it is not the be-all end-all of ID protection they initially claimed. It will trigger on things, just not necessarily all of them or in a timely manner.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

MightyJoe36 posted:

Mine was a call from the IRS saying I was going to be prosecuted for owing a fine and back taxes. I called the number, told them I was Special Agent Smith from the FBI and asked what the problem was. It sounded like a call center in India, and they hung up rather quickly.

This is beautiful.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

CannonFodder posted:

Are you also in North Carolina? Or is that bullshit widespread?

It happens all over the country. Google has gotten cock-blocked the same way in several municipalities as well.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

PT6A posted:

Wait, that wasn't just a Canadian thing?

lol no

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Depressio111117 posted:

I got kind of a funny robocall the other day (I work with a lot of freelancers so it's not unusual for me to get calls from numbers I don't recognize). Area code from my home state, which is not in the South, but when I answered, someone with the thickest Southern accent I've ever heard says, "Hello, is Gerald there?"

I tell this person he must have the wrong number and he says, "Oh, well maybe you can help me -" and then he launches into a spiel about a police charity or something.

I just happened to be holding my phone when thise calls came in, I got two last week. One was a shady sounding vaguely 'help the veterans' thing, the other one I told I never conduct transactions over the phone before they could get going. Both asked for my father's name, and then immediately switched into 'well, maybe you can help me'.

Yes, yes I can. I can save you time by telling you to stop calling me. My dad has money, go bother him.

It was a real person, though.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Absurd Alhazred posted:

I just got a call earlier today about a "final warning" from the IRS and telling me to call some number.

Well, it was good knowing you. If you get to browse comedy internet websites in prison, let us know where you are!

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Panaflex posted:

I'm irritated with AT&T at the moment. I was doing some contracting work for a manufacturing business that's in a small agricultural town in Northern California. They were operating on a "business U-Verse" ADSL that maxed out at very slow speeds, something like 3m down 768k up. I called AT&T's uverse sales and asked if I could order their Business fiber which provides symmetrical speeds up to 50mbps. I was told the service wasn't available to the building. They said call the enterprise networking sales. Enterprise told me they could bring a 20/20 connection in for X dollars per month and it would be even cheaper if I opted to include 10 voice phone lines which we weren't obligated to use. It was a 3 year contract. The CEO approved and signed the contract and 2 months later the service was installed and turned up. The VERY DAY I finished doing the turn up testing with the technician, a AT&T sales guy walked into the suite excited offering the business class 50mbps fiber service in! Clearly whatever equipment ATT put into our suite for the enterprise fiber and phone now allows for the lower tier service to be available to the rest of the building. I called my rep at AT&T back and complained and basically was met with "Sorry, you signed a contract" and "But the service you have is better because availability, troubleshooting response SLA, etc" Needless to say the CEO is pretty upset.

That's pretty scummy, and brilliant from the POV of

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Watermelon Daiquiri posted:

alot of them also like to go "But we aren't the only option!!!", conveniently ignoring that said other options are dial up and 3mbit dsl

And wireless. Ajit Pai and co. view 4G as a viable alternative and competitor to land lines.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

bongwizzard posted:

Isnt it though? Like I have friends who use their phones for 99% of their internet use. Other then games and streaming I don't think I would miss wired internet if I had to do without it.

Those two things are exactly why it's not a viable alternative. Very restrictive data caps and high ping times. Between my roomate and I we ballpark that we use over 1 TB of data a month and are both gamers. For some sure, 4G can substitute for a land line, but to consider it a viable option for businesses or the populace as a whole is a joke. If the caps were totally removed and $50 a month gave you unlimited data without throttling (or 200GB or 500GB or whatever Comcast is doing now) that would be a different discussion - ping becomes the only real difference at that point.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

A bunch of people in my area the other day (including me) got text messages warning that our PenFed accounts were compromised.

Guess who doesn't have a PenFed account....

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Lutha Mahtin posted:

when i was like 18 years old, i was paranoid about something the government was doing so i donated $20 to an organization that was fighting it in court. they proceeded to spend more than $20 trying to get me to donate again. i know this because it was back when most mailings like that still had the physical stamp showing the amount of postage that was paid, and their elaborate mailings often cost $1.50 or more each. it made me feel like they didn't use any of my donation for an actual program

This is why my mom stopped donating to MADD. As far as she can tell, they spend nearly everything they get from donations on soliciting more of them.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

BigDave posted:

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

Yeah, fewer, but still one or two every week. They call when I'm asleep and never leave messages though.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Quote-Unquote posted:

Just accept it and feed the bureaucracy! FEED IT

If this post had a mention of tea and cricket and were a touch less aggressive, it would be one of the most English things I've read on SA.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Do these people not have access to native English speakers? Hell, for $100 paid in advance I would clean that up and make it at least read correctly. The first paragraph sounded good, but it reads like someone was having a stroke or getting hit on the head repeatedly as it went on. The English just gets less and less comprehensible as it goes on.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

goatsestretchgoals posted:

The remote virus removal/help desk company I used to work for got a call for one of those scams but with the added benefit of the malware putting actual child porn on the computer. We didn't work on it because we didn't need that poo poo in our internal logs.

Yup, this happened once to me in Geek Squad. It was on the lock screen of this dudes laptop

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Platystemon posted:

Slag it on site, buy new hardware, and restore from backup.

We were REQUIRED to call the cops. Explaining that we were 99.9% sure it was incidental and he probably innocently clicked on a bad link was... interesting. "Then why did you call us?"

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Zwabu posted:

Franchising Opportunities:


-barbershop catering to men with a sports theme, watch sports on TV while getting your hair cut etc.

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.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Asimov posted:

Americans are the only people gullible enough for the job.

FTFY

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

BiggerBoat posted:

People are stupid.

Also plausible deniability and an air of legitimacy. Plus, if you get caught buying that poo poo, you can say "I thought it was a Wal-Mart Outlet!"

Pretty sure he's describing an actual Wal Mart and making fun of the gas poster

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

The show is almost totally fake too, it just amounts to advertising. The deal offered on camera is almost never what is actually agreed to. Someone from my home town was on a while back, and after the episode aired, her 'shark' contacted her to renegotiate the deal. She refused, so there was no deal and her appearance basically amounted to a 15 minute commercial for her product.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Comstar posted:

Man came to our house this week and asked to see XXXXX to get details on a car accident done a few years ago.

XXXXX has not lived at the house for 6+ years. We had no contact details to give, so he left. Is this an isurance scam of some sort?

It could just be someone trying to tcb before the statute of limitations runs out.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

I'm going to have to remember all this the next time someone comes to my door selling religion. "No, I have no interest and will not be converted, but I DO need some help painting this room over here, come in, come in."

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Wintermutant posted:

The number-spoofing spammers are out in force today



I've gotten 5 today, which is usually more than I get a week, so it's not just you.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

EL BROMANCE posted:

Back in the UK, I got a call from my bank one day for security

“Did you make a payment on Thursday at this local store?”
“Yep”
“Did you make a payment on Thursday at this other local store?”
“Yep”
“Did you then fly to Italy and clear out your account?”
“Errrr nope”

My bank immediately locked the account and I got all the lost money back. There was a skimmer on an ATM I’d used, and it hit a bunch of people.

My city was also on a documentary about those things, as the cops went into a bank on the high street knowing their was scammers in there picking up their gear but all the ATMs were clean. Turned out they put the skimmer on the outside door lock that you use for out of hours service.

That's clever, though you're not going to get PINs that way.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

-Zydeco- posted:

USAA has that too, but I've traveled to Europe twice, gave them a heads up twice, and twice they've blocked my card as soon a I used it.

Whenever I travel, I let BB&T know a few days before I go, it's worked just fine. The only trouble I've had was a Steam sale a while back where I bought like 15 copies of Shower With Your Dad Simulator. They saw a bunch of $.99 transactions in a row and shut me down - now I know to just loadike $50 on my account and go nuts.

One time my card DID get stolen (not the physical card), and they were on the ball. I got a call within an hour or so, probably because my card was used at a normal place for me in VA and a jewelry store in Manhattan within minutes of each other. Pretty sure the card number was taken when I bought a couple items from (in retrospect) rather sketchy websites. The products I ordered were delivered and fairly good quality though.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

DACK FAYDEN posted:

everyone has Bad Rats, it's passe now

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Those are both solid ideas, the goatman may not be possible, depending on the company though

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Captain Monkey posted:

Maybe the spa has an old system that does all cc transactions at once, scheduled at 2am. That used to be a thing that most companies did and some smaller companies still do it.

I bet this is it. I've tripped over it more than once back when I was perpetually broke.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Square is SUPER unhelpful. I apparently bought something from a company they later flagged for being unreliable or something, now it is rejected by Square across the board. They won't tell me who got it flagged or when, and the will not whitelist it for anything. I have not totally replace the card if I ever want to buy something from anyone that uses Square for processing.

Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

tinytort posted:

I also keep getting calls in Chinese (the only bit I understand or recognize is "ni hao"), and I have no idea why. I think it's also a robocall, since there isn't any reaction when I try and go "you have the wrong number" or "I can't understand you".

I'm getting one or two of these every week. If anyone finds out what it is, ease let us know. Mine always come from a D.C. area code (202).

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Corsair Pool Boy
Dec 17, 2004

by Cyrano4747


College Slice

Saeku posted:

It's the Chinese embassy calling. There's a problem with your immigration status and you need to send them a wire transfer to fix it. Basically the standard "trouble with the IRS" scam but tailored to areas with a high Chinese immigrant community.

That makes me wonder why they're calling me, then. I am as white as the driven snow, my international experience consists of a few trips to Ontario, I literally don't know a single word of Chinese, and I've had this number for 15 years.

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