I got caught up in a scam. :(

  • Little_Spoon

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    Dec 29, 2010 8:12 AM GMT
    So, if there's Anything someone might think I love more than men it's Shopping at Target and Chinese Takeout.

    I get a call saying that I've earned so and so points at Target so I'm eligible for gift cards and stuff.

    I go ballistic.

    And give my credit card number away.

    After ending a very...obvious call I get off my shoppers high and realize I've probably just screwed myself.

    I goodle the number and I see down the line "Scam this. Scam that. Blah Blah Scam."


    I called and canceled my card, with a lady who was very sympathetic to me and totally assumed I was gay. (It's a military bank and since she had my information she knows I'm active duty.)
    She actually told, and I quite, "I'm so glad they got rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell."


    I was like, "Me too darling, me too."



    But still, I had a short financial scare...
    How would someone totally get you to fall into a scam?
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:22 AM GMT
    you're so naiive.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:25 AM GMT
    read your post and your question is answered....he got you hard, thinking you were getting something for nothing....and when all the blood runs from the big head to the little head......well, your thought process loses..........Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:30 AM GMT
    ...again...if it sounds TOO GOOD to be true....it IS too good to be true....IT IS A SCAM....a cheap and fast lesson on responsibility...you got lucky! icon_cool.gif
  • helios01

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    Dec 29, 2010 9:18 AM GMT
    awww its okay... I was scammed when i was 16. It was the first time i snuck out of my house to explore the city. Some guy of color offered me an ipod for 45 dollars. I told him i only had 35 (i had all 50 but wanted to Haggle). He pretended to be out on a ledge and that he was doing it as a favor. we went to the 3rd floor a building. he told me he needed the money to get the ipod from his guy. He went into a room.... i waited 20 mins. then i got frustrated so i went to look for him in the room. Turns out the room had an emergency exit. I felt so dumb.... I took 5 dollars and bought myself a ice cream... icon_sad.gif

    Don't worry you learn from experience. I learned to ignore ppl downtown lol
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    Dec 29, 2010 10:46 AM GMT
    Dude you weren't scammed yet =] Just super close.

    One scam that happened to me (I think of it as a scam though others may argue) was that I paid $72 dollars to fill my FAFSA application without any help from fafsa.com. I was dumb, I even asked myself why I had to pay since I heard from my friends that it was free. Sigh fafsa.gov
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 29, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
    A lesson never to give your credit card number to people who contact YOU first.
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    Dec 29, 2010 12:19 PM GMT
    Reminds me when my mom first went on the internet lol.

    Mom- KEVIN KEVIN!!!! THEY SAID I JUST WON A FREE PLASMA!!!!

    Lmfao!!
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    Dec 29, 2010 1:15 PM GMT
    Lenoxx said ... I JUST WON A FREE PLASMA!!!!



    Did she realize how much time & effort people had to spend to donate all that plasma!? Sheesh.icon_wink.gif

    Plasma%20chart.jpg
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    Dec 29, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidyou're so naiive.icon_rolleyes.gif


    That wasnt very nice. The smartest people can be scammed.
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    Dec 29, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    I'll admit to getting scammed once in my life. I was 18 in college, and a guy knocked on my dorm room selling magazine subscriptions. He said the profits went to help the famous Boys Town orphanage, and he produced documents that said he was an authorized agent for them. Plus he had a full printed catalog of magazine selections with Boys Town written all over it. And selling magazine subscriptions in that way, with a non-profit being sponsored, was not unusual in the 1960s.

    Well, I was in fact interested in some magazines, for cars & motorcycles, so I ordered like 3 or 4. I never got my magazines in the mail, and about a month later a campus alert went out about a scam artist who was selling phony subscriptions and keeping the money for himself. Apparently he had once been a legitimate rep for Boys Town, how he got the sales material, until he realized (or had always intended) that he could run this scam with it. I've not been scammed again in the 43 years since.
  • MrPapo317

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    Dec 29, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    I got a call right after my car was paid off and the warranty expired saying that i could get this companies extended warranty and that it would cover my car for the rest of the time i had it.

    at that time i was still working as a mechanic so i didn't need it. I done all the previous work myself.

    so i tell the guy over the phone as he's asking for my credit card number aggressively that i am a mechanic, and the bastard hung up on me. i got upset that this guy who called hung up on me. then i laughed and the next day the local news had an story on tv about the car warranty scams.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 29, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    I haven't had the problem myself, but my assistant at work had been called by a "financial company" and wanted my personal information. She gave nothing out. She was given kudos that day!

    The more realistic the scam, the more chance they can get somebody to give out information believing it to be true. I think you have to live you life a certain way and really watch what you do.
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    Dec 29, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Silly Billyicon_rolleyes.gif

    You've learned your lesson...Never give your credit number out!!
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    Dec 29, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    You actually answer unknown numbers? That'll teach ya. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 29, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    We've all been had at one time or another. It sucks.
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    Dec 29, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    YOU're on Active duty?!
    Why do i suddenly find you hot? Again?
    But, eh...icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 29, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    TallsdDude saidWe've all been had at one time or another. It sucks.


    No, we "all" have not been had at one time or another.

    Sorry, OP, but you are about as naive as they come. I'm stopping short of calling you an idiot, but you're damn close to fitting that bill.
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    Dec 29, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    Lenoxx said ... I JUST WON A FREE PLASMA!!!!



    Did she realize how much time & effort people had to spend to donate all that plasma!? Sheesh.icon_wink.gif

    Plasma%20chart.jpg


    lol
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    Dec 29, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    RiverRising said
    TallsdDude saidWe've all been had at one time or another. It sucks.


    No, we "all" have not been had at one time or another.

    Sorry, OP, but you are about as naive as they come. I'm stopping short of calling you an idiot, but you're damn close to fitting that bill.



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    Dec 29, 2010 6:07 PM GMT
    It isn't ideal, but sometimes screw ups like these are the best teachers. I remember I wanted some teeth whitening and there was an ad online that could get a free trial of it... I ordered it, a man called, talked really fast and I ended up agreeing to things I didn't want just because i couldn't understand the guy. Luckily my mom isn't so nice when it comes to scammers... she gave them a piece of her mind and I got my money back. I'm really careful about stuff like that now.
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidSo, if there's Anything someone might think I love more than men it's Shopping at Target and Chinese Takeout.

    I get a call saying that I've earned so and so points at Target so I'm eligible for gift cards and stuff.

    I go ballistic.

    And give my credit card number away.

    After ending a very...obvious call I get off my shoppers high and realize I've probably just screwed myself.

    I goodle the number and I see down the line "Scam this. Scam that. Blah Blah Scam."


    I called and canceled my card, with a lady who was very sympathetic to me and totally assumed I was gay. (It's a military bank and since she had my information she knows I'm active duty.)
    She actually told, and I quite, "I'm so glad they got rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell."


    I was like, "Me too darling, me too."



    But still, I had a short financial scare...
    How would someone totally get you to fall into a scam?


    No one can get me to. At least not if the scam involves me giving any financial details.
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    I was looking for an apartment on Craigslist in my hometown. After searching for several days not being able to find anything within my budget, I finally found "the place."

    It was a remodeled Victorian in the historic part of downtown offered at the very top of my budget, but that didn't discourage me. I immediately replied to the ad, but never received a response back. I drove to the property itself and found the real estate agency's phone number on the "For Sale" sign. I gave them a call only to find out that nearly 30 other people had contacted the agency asking the same question...

    "So, is the house for sale or not?"

    Apparently, someone hacked their system and put a fake ad on Craigslist. Instead of my dream home being offered for $1500 a month, it was for sale for $1.5 million. icon_sad.gif The man on the phone apologized for all of the confusion and disappointment.

    Eh, I wasn't too broken-hearted, but things sure got funny three days later... I received an email from "Saroosh Mik" from South Africa regarding my interest in his "great-Uncle's property."

    Grrrrrrrr icon_evil.gif Whoever was in charge of that ad is going to pay somehow.

    I never wish death upon anyone, but I sure won't hold back my smile when I read their obituary icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidyou're so naiive.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Not really. People get caught up in scams all the time.

    Fact is, there are many other scams on the internet that are far less easy to detect. One of the biggest causes of scams these days are that people use the same password for different websites. Think about it-- do any of you use the same password for your Realjock account as the e-mail address that your notifications get sent to? If so, any of Realjock's employees theoretically has access to your e-mail, and therefore, any other account which can be reset by accessing that inbox.

    Think about how many times you've had to "sign up for an account" just to finish checking out an order on a random eCommerce site. Did you use the same password for that site as for the e-mail you registered with? Scary.
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    Dec 29, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI'll admit to getting scammed once in my life. I was 18 in college, and a guy knocked on my dorm room selling magazine subscriptions. He said the profits went to help the famous Boys Town orphanage, and he produced documents that said he was an authorized agent for them. Plus he had a full printed catalog of magazine selections with Boys Town written all over it. And selling magazine subscriptions in that way, with a non-profit being sponsored, was not unusual in the 1960s.

    Well, I was in fact interested in some magazines, for cars & motorcycles, so I ordered like 3 or 4. I never got my magazines in the mail, and about a month later a campus alert went out about a scam artist who was selling phony subscriptions and keeping the money for himself. Apparently he had once been a legitimate rep for Boys Town, how he got the sales material, until he realized (or had always intended) that he could run this scam with it. I've not been scammed again in the 43 years since.


    I almost got scammed like that too. Some guy knocked on my apartment door and he said he was selling magazine subscriptions for some nonprofit group. I let him in to the kitchen (which was the room that our front door was to so not much risk) so he could properly give me his pitch or whatever. He looked very legitimate and I would have fallen for it too except... I was(and am) insufferably cheap so I never really intended on ordering anything, haha. I did feel bad for wasting his time so I gave him some food I made and sent him on his way. icon_smile.gif