Scams you've encountered

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1. Somebody came up to me on the street and said that he'd forgot his credit card at home when he was moving to Sweden, and said thta if I could give himm some money along with my name and address he'd pay me back. I actually believed him, but didn't want a stranger knowing where I lived.

2. I got an email from "eBay" claiming that someone had hijacked my account and that I needed to follow a link to a site where I could log in, thus helping stop the hijacker somehow. In the small print, it said that I'd be held financially responsible for whatever the hijacker did. That part was clever, putting it in the fine print so that it would seem more professional. Anyway, I had no eBay account, so... yeah. (I'm ashamed to say I tried to follow their instructions at frst, and only then realized I had no eBay account.)

3. My mom got one saying that Ericsson was sending free cell phones to anyone who forwarded a chain email. She fell for it, but I explained to her that it was a scam.

4. She also got an email saying that she'd wone the lottery. She told me about this, saying "I've won the lottery!" I told her that it was unlikely that a real lottery company would give out free money to people who didn't buy tickets. No real profit to be made that way.

Katatori-kun:

My mother bought a copy of "Who's Who Among American High School Students". That's a scam.

What is it?

Queen Michael:
2. I got an email from "eBay" claiming that someone had hijacked my account and that I needed to follow a link to a site where I could log in, thus helping stop the hijacker somehow. In the small print, it said that I'd be held financially responsible for whatever the hijacker did. That part was clever, putting it in the fine print so that it would seem more professional. Anyway, I had no eBay account, so... yeah. (I'm ashamed to say I tried to follow their instructions at frst, and only then realized I had no eBay account.)

I got that one where it was "World of Warcraft". At first, I was a little bit worried since it was sent to an e-mail address which used to be associated with my WoW account (although I'm pretty sure my account is deactivated and probably deleted by now). But then I remembered the golden rule that companies will never ask you for your secure information, so I just ignored it.

Strazdas:

tippy2k2:

Comocat:
I was selling a chair or something on Craigslist and got an interested party. He then claimed that he accidentally mailed me a $2000 dollar check and if I would cash it for him and send him 1000 dollars I could keep the rest. I guess they mail you fake checks and get you to cash them for. Apparently this is a pretty popular scam for morons.

how do you cash a fake check? wouldnt the bank just tell you to FO and even call the police on you if you tried?

actually a really common scam on all sales sites these days
the scammer offers to pay over asking price as long as you foot the delivery bill, usually because they don't have a credit card or cash or whatever and in some cases they will actually send a guy to pick up the item which you need to pay. the scam works because it takes time for the cheque to clear and in that time they have taken your money often through western union which is untraceable

another similar scam is advertizing an item below market price and when you offer to buy it they will start telling you they have alot of interest in the item and will only take you seriously if you put down a deposit again usually western union. i know for a fact this one works because when someone i knew nearly fell for exactly this scam when he tried to report it to the police (they didn't care) the officer who he talked to had already fallen for it

When I went to China, me and a friend got scammed twice, first time we got something out of it second time not so much. Both happened in Beijing. We probably got scammed more, but those 2 were actually expensive to us even if we had been back home. I don't really want to type them out, out of laziness, but I'll try, sorry if these are sloppy/a bore.

First one some guy was calling to us on the main street, for some reason we actually listened. Most likely because the trip was in it's starting stages, making us unaware of the dangers! Kind of joking... Being caucasian over there draws quite a bit of attention (especially in more remote places as people stare and take photos), meaning that quite a few people approach you and talk to you. So we listen to this guy, who find out that we come from the UK, so he starts telling us about this art exhibition he is doing at Birmingham University and invites us up to his gallery. Looking back I guess we could have got mugged up there. To cut this short, we got sold phoney art work after about a 45 min conversation. Both of us didn't have much money on us at the time, but both of us felt inclined to buy something after striking up such "rapport".

The second one was also on the main high street. The blame lies on me for this one, as I told my friend off the previous day for neglecting to talk to people, which is rich coming from me. Anyway the people we didn't talk to probably wouldn't have got much money out of us, as they claimed to be Studying English at the University and just wanted to talk to us in Mcdonalds. I still think they were trying to scam us. It's bad, but the longer we were there, the more we thought people were just trying to scam us, bar one or two natives.

The group/couple that did scam us had a much higher chance to get money out of us as both female and the same age as us roughly. g2g will finish with edit.

In December, I got a virus that completely fucked my computer. If I was connected to the internet, it would open up an unclosable window claiming to be a block set up by the FBI. According to the window, the FBI found out I had been secretly gambling, viewing and distributing child pornography, and I think consorting with terrorists.
Apparently, I was to believe that the Feds would investigate further unless I paid a fine of $200, and that I was supposed to pay this fine by way of a MoneyPak.

So yeah, I obviously wasn't in any real trouble, but it did fuck my computer. Never was able to get rid of the thing.

A while back we were getting regular calls from a random Indian sounding guy who worked at "apple windows", he was desperate to help us fix the problem they had found in our computer. He stopped calling after I started getting abusive every time.

Dethenger:
In December, I got a virus that completely fucked my computer. If I was connected to the internet, it would open up an unclosable window claiming to be a block set up by the FBI. According to the window, the FBI found out I had been secretly gambling, viewing and distributing child pornography, and I think consorting with terrorists.
Apparently, I was to believe that the Feds would investigate further unless I paid a fine of $200, and that I was supposed to pay this fine by way of a MoneyPak.

So yeah, I obviously wasn't in any real trouble, but it did fuck my computer. Never was able to get rid of the thing.

Had this one with a European spin, it was from the "Departament of Cibercrime", a misspelt organsiation where day-to-day "cibercime" law enforcement activities are mildly hampered by the place not existing. Same kiddie porn, gambling (not illegal in the UK) claims but with extra piracy claims. Nightmare to get rid of. Only virus I have got in roughly 20 years of PC gaming. Ended up using a restore point to sort it out, fairly tech savvy but the guides to removal on the internet kept referring to files I didn't have!

I've had a couple.

First one came along when me and a friend decided that the fastest way to move out was to move in together. Thus began the search. We found a place in a good area that had good public transport and services nearby. Rent? About 600€ if I recall correctly. It was fully furnished and looked amazing. Me and my friend were optimistic, but it all looked too good to be true.

Needless to say, it was. The only way to contact the person renting the pad was via e-mail. A very weird sounding address. The owner of said address spoke English (We live in Finland) and requested a deposit up-front to be paid to one of those MoneyPak-style sites. Needless to say we didn't contact them further.

Then there was something that happened to me last year, in late-August. I was doing my civil service when an old classmate called me asking if I wanted to make some cash on the side. Now this is a guy I've had no contact with in years, so I was already more suspicious than curious, but I agreed to hear him out. He told me to meet him at a hotel conference room downtown at 6:00pm. I didn't really want to but I went anyway.

Once inside, with another guy my classmate had called plus a bunch of assholes in cheap suits and some gold-digger looking people aged 20-55, some asswipe with a shit-eating grin asks us: "Who wants to be rich?". He proceeds to tell us how the cappucino machine business is just waiting to boom in Finland and how, by buying one of their machines and subscribing (yes, subscribing) to their capsules for 250€ + 50€/month, we can tap into this emerging market and make more than 10.000€ a month! How? Simple! By recruiting more people by selling more machines.

I already had them pegged the minute I sat down, but by then it was clear. My old classmate had been suckered into a goddamn, good old-fashioned pyramid scheme and after noticing that he'd basically just thrown his money down the drain, was trying to recoup his losses by trying to play me like a putz. We stopped for a short recess and our host "really wanted us back for the second part". I was outta there, said I'd sleep on it.

He called the next day. I said I wasn't interested.

Am I the only one around here that realized the scam bot in this thread wasn't actually a bot? (S)he should be unsuspended.

lechat:
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Yeah, but i mean if you send me a check, i can cash it (freely) at a local bank. if its fake, they wont let me cash it and likely call police for forgery, but the guy would get nothing from it whatsoever. and if the check passes, i cash out 2000 and then send him 1000 from these 2000.
i guess the trick is to send 1000 before 2000 arrives and then he cancels the check. but then the check is not fake to begin with.
And when police falls for the scam your trying to report, thats just irony.

To cut this short, we got sold phoney art work after about a 45 min conversation. Both of us didn't have much money on us at the time, but both of us felt inclined to buy something after striking up such "rapport".

well, if he had a 45 minutes scam ready thats some good preparation from his part.

splayfoot1:
"apple windows",

Well, he did cover both possiblities ":P

Queen Michael:

Katatori-kun:

My mother bought a copy of "Who's Who Among American High School Students". That's a scam.

What is it?

Parents of High school students got a letter claiming that their child(ren) were selected to appear in Who's Who, making it sound as if it's some great honor, when in truth the "nomination" process was unclear. Sometimes children who actually have achievements get nominated, and sometimes children with no discernible achievements get nominated. In any case, the letter promised there is no cost to be listed in their book, but recommended parents buy an expensive, professionally-bound copy (I believe for something like $70). If they do so, they get a book where their child's name is listed on one line among thousands of other names.

Basically they played on parents' vanity and desire for recognition for their children in order to make money. They promised that being listed in the book will help with college applications,despite admissions officers saying they see being listed as irrelevant at best and slightly negative at worst. They also didn't fact-check or confirm their listings, so in at one case as a joke a school sent in a joke listing and it was printed despite the school later contacting the company and requesting the nomination be withdrawn.

The company is now bankrupt though, so it's no longer a going concern. But my mother still has the book(s) on the shelf. Right next to the encyclopaediae from 1988 that no one reads anymore.

I remember one scam I almost fell for was one I'm sure many people heard of. You would receieve a call and have some Indiant 'technician' call on behalf of Microsoft claiming there is a virus on your computer. They would tell you to do a little test, and despite what you do, they always say that all the files are virus. I'm 90% sure I was just looking at my system cache at the time. What they would ask you to do next was to allow them to remotely access your computer to 'remove' the issues. It was at that point that I just hung up, only for them to call me up several times later while I did my own research.

Turns out Microsoft themselves released a statement saying that this was a scam so that they can trick you into buying some fancy 'anti-virus' program which was filled with scripts and trojans and all sorts of nasty shit. By the time they called back, I had some choice words for them.

I had some random guy contact me on Facebook, then he had someone else he knew try to get me into a pyramid scheme. A year or two later, someone who I thought was my friend did the same thing. Then I've had emails telling me there was an issue with my paypal account, which was hilarious since I didn't have one.

regarding the "Vector International" thing i've come across this same thing here in Canada. my girlfriend and many of my friends recieved a call from a door-to-door knife company. the pitch was that it was high paying with no selling angle and it was not door to door or over the phone. upon doing a little research it turns out it is door to and door and over the phone, it's ENTIRELY on commision and even then a lot of people get completely stiffed and recieve no money at all. the odd thing about it is everyone i know who was called said they were reccomended by a guy we all went to highschool with but didn't actually know at all, and this same person had reccomended all of them.

there was another one i was actually just asked about an hour ago. basicaly it's one of those services online that promises that you can make like $7,000 a week without leaving your home. so a posting and advertising deal. but the site i was asked about was a total fake, it posed as a news site with a link to the explanation video embedded. if you try to click on links to a different news story it would just take you to the front page of this scam site where it would immediately demand all this information from you.

to be fair i have a friend who actually used one of these services, and bought a $5000 TV after only one month of work. however he did it through google, and for every 1 legit service like this there's about 200 scam ones.

A guy in the street trying to sell a laptop in the dead of night. It was made of WOOD, with keyboard letters glued on doubling as a real keyboard, a Windows sticker covering the "screen" and everything else wrapped in black tape. Easily the biggest loser I've met in my life.

I recently received an automated cold call from somebody with a nigerian-esque accent saying that if I donated money to him, he would pray for me. Being both logical and an atheist, I hung up, but I'm sure there are plenty of old/religious people who may have taken the bait.

Check out 419eater.com. It's a website where people get in long email exchanges with these scamming assholes and waste their time/screw with them.

I've been getting quite a few scam emails about how I can get 2500 dollars with a quick loan. I've also gotten quite a few emails about how I need to enter my Blizzard account information to verify if I'm trying to sell my account. Problem is, I don't have a Blizzard account.

Trull:
Am I the only one around here that realized the scam bot in this thread wasn't actually a bot? (S)he should be unsuspended.

Pretty sure it is. Checked his other posts, and they were the same message. The whole HAHANICETRYSCAMBOT thing is an edit a mod made when they suspended the account.

I got a call from the "Windows Corporation" saying that my computer had been sending them virus reports. I played along and half believed them for a little while, but the virus reports they were talking about were standard crash reports and the they wanted me to go to a website to allow them remote access to my computer so I just started laughing and told them to go fuck themselves.

Although I once gave 20$ to a guy who apparently needed it for a locksmith for his locked car saying he would pay me back and that I should stick around there, so I obviously can be pretty dumb sometimes.

I think that the biggest scam I have encountered is the one currently being perpetrated on the American people by the media and the government that no longer holds their best interests at heart. Yes, the scam is the idea that firearms are evil, and that by reducing their availability, you will prevent crime, prevent murder, and save lives. The scam is the idea that the 2nd amendment is predicated upon a need, not a right. The idea that we will be safe if we ban all "military style" weapons, or all semi-automatic weapons in general. This scam is so horrifying because any reasonable individual, who bothers to study the available information, will see that every one of these claims is false. Despite this, people fall for this scam in droves, and no one warns them. There is no public statement made, like those made by banks when their customers fall victim to information phishing scams, and so the public remains ignorant to the fact that this is nothing more than a firearm phishing scam. The public remains ignorant to the fact that they risk their lives, their well-being, and even their economic stability by agreeing with and supporting these irrational, illogical, and counter-productive measures known as gun control. That's the biggest scam I have ever encountered.

I've also had the Microsoft Engineer Virus guy. First time I heard it, I just put the phone down laughing. Second time, I kept asking "What Computer/Internet/? I don't have one". The poor bastard's English couldn't keep up.

Also, anyone in the UK- You can opt out of most (law-abiding) marketing calls. I suspect links are probably frowned upon so Google Telephone Preference Service. Any calls you get after registering are outside the law.

Trull:
Am I the only one around here that realized the scam bot in this thread wasn't actually a bot? (S)he should be unsuspended.

(S)he broke unwritten rule number 11 (I think), the "Triggr rule" (I came up with it back on the Unwritten Rules thread, I get to name it), which states that if you're going to be sarcastic you have to make some kind of indication aside from the sarcasm itself. This is the internet so people can't tell just by reading it.

If (s)he wants, I'm sure (s)he can appeal the suspension by PMing a mod and explaining the situation.
If not, the suspension will eventually go away, and (s)he will just be left with a warning.

I wonder how many people said religion on here and how many will...

eh, my spam box is filled with them, but I think th ebiggest scam is actually street beggers, particularly some of the ones here in Pittsburgh. They're like, 20 something, dressed decently well for a homeless person, and then acctaully ask you money just cause tehy dont want to work.

triggrhappy94:

Trull:
Am I the only one around here that realized the scam bot in this thread wasn't actually a bot? (S)he should be unsuspended.

(S)he broke unwritten rule number 11 (I think), the "Triggr rule" (I came up with it back on the Unwritten Rules thread, I get to name it), which states that if you're going to be sarcastic you have to make some kind of indication aside from the sarcasm itself. This is the internet so people can't tell just by reading it.

If (s)he wants, I'm sure (s)he can appeal the suspension by PMing a mod and explaining the situation.
If not, the suspension will eventually go away, and (s)he will just be left with a warning.

It also posted in a thread of mine, and it's just a plain spambot. The "Nice Try" link was a joke on the part of the mods.

emeraldrafael:
I wonder how many people said religion on here and how many will...

eh, my spam box is filled with them, but I think th ebiggest scam is actually street beggers, particularly some of the ones here in Pittsburgh. They're like, 20 something, dressed decently well for a homeless person, and then acctaully ask you money just cause tehy dont want to work.

I read all the replies. Nobody's said religion yet, pleasantly enough.

I had the Microsoft Engineer scam several times. Its always an Indian guy saying my computer is full of viruses and sending out 'bad information', they variously claim to work for 'Windows Operating System' 'Microsoft Tech Support' and other silly names. In the end i got sick of hanging up on them and pretended to follow their instructions before screaming in affected terror down the line "My Computer just EXPLODED! what did you make me do?" strangely enough i havn't had another call from them since.

Queen Michael:

emeraldrafael:
I wonder how many people said religion on here and how many will...

eh, my spam box is filled with them, but I think th ebiggest scam is actually street beggers, particularly some of the ones here in Pittsburgh. They're like, 20 something, dressed decently well for a homeless person, and then acctaully ask you money just cause tehy dont want to work.

I read all the replies. Nobody's said religion yet, pleasantly enough.

thats kinda surprising but yeah very pleasant.

I once received a telephone call from someone claiming that I had won a contest. I didn't remember entering a contest
and said so. The caller replied that I had been automatically entered when I filled out their survey. So I asked
"Oh, was that the survey where they asked about all the places around the world where you have traveled and the
transport that you used to get there?"
And the caller eagerly answered "Yes, yes that's the one!"
To which I said "That's interesting since I've never filled out a survey like that."
after a few moments of silence he hung up.

People on this site are probably all savvy enough that I really don't need to say this, but if anyone ever
asks you to send a check/money to "IRS" or "the IRS" it's a scam. Payments for insufficient tax withholding,
back taxes, penalties etc...are made out to "Department of Revenue".
Scammers set up bank accounts under names like "Income Realization Services" or similar to deposit "IRS" checks/payments in to.

I used to get calls from some place that claimed they "Knew my vehicle's warranty was about to expire" and could
offer me options for extending the warranty at very low cost. I don't and never have owned a car. The really
irksome thing about that one was that even after I had told the dip@^*%s that I don't own a car they continued
to call until I finally spent about half an hour on the phone with one of their reps to get through to a supervisor
and swore that I would hunt him down, murder his family, burn his home and shave the words "kick me" in to his
dog if they didn't stop. The calls stopped but I do think the threats were overboard.
Shaving "kick me" in to a poor dog is just too much.

tippy2k2:
Only one that I distinctly remember (namely because I fell for it...)

In college, I received a call from this membership club thingy. They were doing test runs of their service by offering two free magazine subscriptions of the person's choice to try out the club...

Fuck me. This "money saving club" charges you $150 per month to be part of it (which you became part of with this "free" magazine subscription). I have no fucking clue how they got my account information since I never gave it to them but all of a sudden my account was losing money. Attempted to cancel....HA! I STILL might have a fucking membership since I never found a way to cancel it.

Now in full panic mode, I do something real drastic: I shut down my bank account. SUCK ON THAT MEMBERSHIP PEOPLE!!!!

So I lost $150 and had to shut down a bank account. Lesson learned: If it's free, assume there's a catch.

WOW ! That fucking sucks ! Did you lose ALL your money when you sutdown your bank account or you can have it back if you create another bank acoount ?

For me the biggest scam that i fell victim for was the "Get Xbox Live GOLD for a month for 2$ only !" When i saw this i was like "OH gee ! What a deal, it's probably to give a chance to those who don't have gold, a chance to play for a while for cheap !" WRONG !!!! Right when the konth ends, there's some kind of shit where they automatically renew your xbox live gold memebership. Which means that every month or 2 they take money from your credit card WITHOUT TELLING YOU ! So what i have to do was call "Microsoft Canada HQ" for it do be disabled. It's probably in the contract that you "agree" to when you pay your 2 dollars for the gold membership...but who seriously reads those contracts ?

A second time, was a guy who was offering me 2 scraps on TF2 for my Genuine AWPer Hand. Telling me that that's what it was worth, KISS. MY. ASS. Im not an idiot, i know that a G.AWPer hand is worth 1.5 to 2 keys.

So far I have gotten two text messages in the past month from someone claiming to be the Best Buy reward zone, or some other grammatically iffy name, and they say I have either won some sort of contest or have been randomly chosen to get a $1000 gift certificate. The texts claim that I have to go on some suspicious website and give them my information. It is funny seeing how I have been a reward zone member since 2009 and have never gotten a single dime from them.

When I was in Rome on holiday in 2010, myself and my parents were walking to the Colosseum when a man driving a 2-door hired Fiat pulled up next to us, he said that he was none other than Giorgio Armani and he wanted to sell us a "next-season" jacket for the tiny price of 1500€ because he wanted to buy fuel. He even pulled out a few covers of a magazine with pictures of him on the front posing as Giorgio Armani. Now, even if it was him, why was he in a 2-door Fiat hire care, and why was he even DRIVING in the first place?

There is also the daily E-mail from "Blizzard" saying that "my" Diablo-3 account is "suspicious". Fun-fact: I don't own Diablo-3.

Once my friend got a call from "Windows" saying that they needed to scan his computer, he then confirmed that they were from "Windows" and not Microsoft and then they hung up.

well I can name a few I ran into and I dunno I might got ninja'd on some but here we go

1. Chicks on dating sites that seem they are really into but there are not and they want you to go to some sex cam website I think this youtube video sums it up perfectly

2. Back in middle school I clicked on the add you seem all the time that say "do "X" action to win a free "Y"!" for me it was a PlayStation 3 before it was even ready to hit the shelves and I got a bunch of crap sent to my house like Credit Cards, winning the Mexican lottery and since I my sister had a phone, I had telemarkers constantly calling her and asking for me. Looking back I regret waiting to buy a PS3 which I have now but I don't regret making my sister phone blow up every day looking for me....

3. Spam Folder. Viagra, Single But Lonely(Don't ask me about this, it's more of an conundrum if you ask me), eHarmony, you name it is most likely in my E-mail spam folder.

The Floating Nose:
WOW ! That fucking sucks ! Did you lose ALL your money when you sutdown your bank account or you can have it back if you create another bank acoount ?

The $150 was lost to the abyss but I did get to keep everything I had in the account (I just moved accounts).

Strazdas:

Now in full panic mode, I do something real drastic: I shut down my bank account. SUCK ON THAT MEMBERSHIP PEOPLE!!!!

So I lost $150 and had to shut down a bank account. Lesson learned: If it's free, assume there's a catch.

you should have contacted the bank manager. they hate scammers like these and would verly likely gotten your money back, canceled the subscription and depending on mood maybe even provided you with enough evidence to sue them.

Funny enough I did that. Unfortunately, while incredibly sleazy and sneaky, what the company does is technically legal (or at least it was seven years ago when it happened). My own vigilance of checking my bank account each month is the only thing that saved me from paying more. Funny enough, my bank told me they would not shut down and transfer my money due to the scam reason (since it's not "technically" a scam and is a service I "agreed" to pay for)...

I just came back the next day and told them my debit card was stolen and I needed a new account :)

Res Plus:

Dethenger:
In December, I got a virus that completely fucked my computer. If I was connected to the internet, it would open up an unclosable window claiming to be a block set up by the FBI. According to the window, the FBI found out I had been secretly gambling, viewing and distributing child pornography, and I think consorting with terrorists.
Apparently, I was to believe that the Feds would investigate further unless I paid a fine of $200, and that I was supposed to pay this fine by way of a MoneyPak.

So yeah, I obviously wasn't in any real trouble, but it did fuck my computer. Never was able to get rid of the thing.

Had this one with a European spin, it was from the "Departament of Cibercrime", a misspelt organsiation where day-to-day "cibercime" law enforcement activities are mildly hampered by the place not existing. Same kiddie porn, gambling (not illegal in the UK) claims but with extra piracy claims. Nightmare to get rid of. Only virus I have got in roughly 20 years of PC gaming. Ended up using a restore point to sort it out, fairly tech savvy but the guides to removal on the internet kept referring to files I didn't have!

I know! God, I spent like an hour trying to do a Recovery Disk thing, after two days of devoting all my time to trying to fix the motherfucker. After the Recovery Disk, which was supposed to be an end-all fucking nuclear option, didn't work, I just decided to switch full time to the laptop I used to look up guides. It's a lot more powerful, so I wasn't really losing anything, and I had luckily already transferred most of my important things over. Turns out, I can even go on to the computer and grab files if I really need to, like I said it's only blocked if I'm connected to the internet. So that at least was lucky.

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