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(WSBTV)   Atlanta residents told that Obama will pay their utility bills if they simply supply their bank account information and Social Security number. "I didn't think it was a scam because they are not asking for personal information"   ( wsbtv.com) divider line
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2012-07-08 04:14:08 PM  
From what I've been hearing this scam is being operated in multiple locales. I know there was a recent warning about it in Oregon.
 
2012-07-08 04:40:16 PM  
This is why I mail my bills straight to the White House.
 
2012-07-08 05:34:58 PM  
People are incredibly stupid. Apparently there's a fad on the internet to post pictures of their credit cards - according to my local news anyway. I haven't actually encountered it, but some people have to be told this is a bad idea.
 
2012-07-08 06:05:41 PM  
Another not-so-subtle attempt to buy votes by the most corrupted administration since forever.
 
2012-07-08 08:42:32 PM  
Can you get me his email address? I want to try to get him to pay my bills even if I have to pretend to live in Georgia.
 
2012-07-08 09:07:31 PM  

Happy Hours: People are incredibly stupid. Apparently there's a fad on the internet to post pictures of their credit cards - according to my local news anyway. I haven't actually encountered it, but some people have to be told this is a bad idea.


It's all the people snorting jenkem and using vodka soaked tampons. I'd provide a link but I'm about to be arrested for passing a $2 bill at Taco Bell
 
2012-07-08 09:53:30 PM  

Happy Hours: People are incredibly stupid. Apparently there's a fad on the internet to post pictures of their credit cards - according to my local news anyway. I haven't actually encountered it, but some people have to be told this is a bad idea.


A friend of mine took a picture of her husband's debit card and posted it on Facebook to make fun of him for writing his PIN on the back of it.
BONUS: You could see the entire imprint of the card number and expiration date, even the 3 digit magic number or whatever by the signature area.
EXTRA BONUS: This was all after I'd given her shiat for posting a photograph of a check somebody gave her.
EVEN MORE BONUS: A few months later her bank account got compromised and I got to read all of her posts on Facebook complaining about how she has no idea how something like that could happen. I checked and the photo of the debit card was still there.
 
2012-07-08 10:01:02 PM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Another not-so-subtle attempt to buy votes by the most corrupted administration since forever.


That's a statement you of course won't back up with anything.
 
2012-07-08 10:33:25 PM  
If you're that stupid, you almost deserve to get scammed like that.
 
2012-07-08 10:48:50 PM  
This is so perfect.

Right wingers claim that Obama wants to do W and X
Then after right wingers lose major bill:
Call people claiming Obama has won X
Ask for identification to charge for service X
Steal money in regards to service Z.

Z is in fact world war
www.coolorama.com
 
2012-07-08 10:59:54 PM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Another not-so-subtle attempt to buy votes by the most corrupted administration since forever.


This is worse than when he started the Iraq war.
 
2012-07-08 11:05:52 PM  
growabrain.typepad.com
 
2012-07-08 11:08:07 PM  

CraicBaby: If you're that stupid, you almost deserve to get scammed like that.


There's a fine line between stupid and naieve. A lot of people who fall prey to these kinds of scams are the elderly who may not realize how their personal information (like SSN#) could compromise their finances, or how someone can empty their bank account without the account holder's signature or permission.
 
2012-07-08 11:14:27 PM  
Taking a number and standing in line after this woman


Link
 
2012-07-08 11:32:18 PM  
How much money can someone who falls for this have in their account? Seems like a hard way to make $0.50.
 
2012-07-08 11:49:31 PM  

Ooba Tooba: How much money can someone who falls for this have in their account? Seems like a hard way to make $0.50.


I'm stingy as heck with my card information and I have absolutely nothing to steal.

/CC#IP
 
2012-07-09 12:15:31 AM  

Mugato: That's a statement you of course won't back up with anything.


You need to get your sarcasm detector recalibrated.
 
2012-07-09 12:18:17 AM  

Happy Hours: People are incredibly stupid. Apparently there's a fad on the internet to post pictures of their credit cards - according to my local news anyway. I haven't actually encountered it, but some people have to be told this is a bad idea.


There is the running joke on fark about how there's a "filter" that will change your number into asterisks or the like. Or the inevitable Spaceballs "my cc number is 1234 1234 1234 1234"
 
2012-07-09 12:18:38 AM  

This About That: Can you get me his email address? I want to try to get him to pay my bills even if I have to pretend to live in Georgia.


Pr­e­sident[nospam-﹫-backwards]e­su­ohetihw*go­v

you are welcome ;)
 
2012-07-09 12:18:47 AM  
They said they needed the info to send me my voter ID.
 
2012-07-09 12:18:54 AM  
Seems tailor-made for the Dumbass tag.
 
2012-07-09 12:19:18 AM  
This is why we need to teach the old people to use Google. Maybe that would also stem the tide of FW:FW:FW:FW shiat I get from my mom. The latest one is just from today about how call centers are legally required to transfer you to a US center if you ask. Took me all of 15 seconds to debunk that one.
 
2012-07-09 12:19:27 AM  

Happy Hours: People are incredibly stupid. Apparently there's a fad on the internet to post pictures of their credit cards - according to my local news anyway. I haven't actually encountered it, but some people have to be told this is a bad idea.


Not if you post the picture with your cat holding the credit card.
 
2012-07-09 12:19:38 AM  
Fools and their money...
 
2012-07-09 12:19:53 AM  

dstanley: [growabrain.typepad.com image 200x269]


doesn't fark have a thread where it blocks out credit card numbers?

testing:

5145069992665380
 
2012-07-09 12:20:51 AM  

Longtime Lurker: dstanley: [growabrain.typepad.com image 200x269]

doesn't fark have a thread where it blocks out credit card numbers?

testing:

5145069992665380


No, it's just passwords. See?

hunter2
 
2012-07-09 12:21:48 AM  
scienceblogs.com

/oblig
 
2012-07-09 12:21:49 AM  

fusillade762: This is why we need to teach the old people to use Google. Maybe that would also stem the tide of FW:FW:FW:FW shiat I get from my mom. The latest one is just from today about how call centers are legally required to transfer you to a US center if you ask. Took me all of 15 seconds to debunk that one.


That's why I forward all my mom's calls and emails.
 
2012-07-09 12:21:54 AM  

LordJiro: Longtime Lurker: dstanley: [growabrain.typepad.com image 200x269]

doesn't fark have a thread where it blocks out credit card numbers?

testing:

5145069992665380

No, it's just passwords. See?

hunter2



Works with passwords? I gotta try this out.

$uck$cock4ca$h4321
 
2012-07-09 12:26:30 AM  

Ambivalence: There's a fine line between stupid and naieve.


Like knowing how to spell naive. It's Evian spelled backwards.
 
2012-07-09 12:27:45 AM  
The thing is, most people can realize this is a scam. Most people hang up the phone and that's that.

But you only need a few people to fall for the scam to make it profitable. What's sad is that it is typically the elderly who fall for it and end up losing their savings.

Call them stupid or idiots if you like. That doesn't change the fact that they are victims.
 
2012-07-09 12:28:34 AM  
why? is Alabama a swing state?
 
2012-07-09 12:29:00 AM  

Spasticus Autisticus: Another not-so-subtle attempt to buy votes by the most corrupted administration since forever.


Dude, seriously? Let it go man, the Bush administration hasn't been in power for nearly for years.
 
2012-07-09 12:29:04 AM  

fusillade762: This is why we need to teach the old people to use Google. Maybe that would also stem the tide of FW:FW:FW:FW shiat I get from my mom. The latest one is just from today about how call centers are legally required to transfer you to a US center if you ask. Took me all of 15 seconds to debunk that one.


15 seconds to debunk or 15 seconds to convince your mother that it's bunk?
 
2012-07-09 12:29:09 AM  

expobill: why? is Georgia a swing state?

 
2012-07-09 12:32:01 AM  
12349876 : That sounds like something an idiot would have on their luggage.
 
2012-07-09 12:32:07 AM  
Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke to a Griffin woman who fell for the scam. Loneiyce Washington even introduced her friends to what she thought was a legitimate offer. They ended up getting scammed, too.

Lonelyice?
 
2012-07-09 12:32:08 AM  
Anyone falling for this scam should realize that Obama passed a bill that will provide insurance for their bank account and cover any loses at 100%. Just email your soc. sec. # and bank routing numbers to Drew­[nospam-﹫-backwards]k­raf*co­m
 
2012-07-09 12:33:08 AM  
These people didn't think their SSNs and bank routing numbers qualified as personal info?!


*Forehead smack* Ay,yi,yi!
 
2012-07-09 12:35:00 AM  

Ambivalence: CraicBaby: If you're that stupid, you almost deserve to get scammed like that.

There's a fine line between stupid and naieve. A lot of people who fall prey to these kinds of scams are the elderly who may not realize how their personal information (like SSN#) could compromise their finances, or how someone can empty their bank account without the account holder's signature or permission.


The problem is that you are asked for your SSN for every damn thing. So people get complacent about giving out that information.

/remember when I was asked for SSN to have phone service to my new house and the guy made the statement "there is another gingerjet who hasn't paid his bills and we must verify who you are" - my response was "how is this my fark'n problem and don't bother with the phone service" - for some reason (*cough* money *cough*) he dropped that requirement to get my service hooked up
 
2012-07-09 12:36:16 AM  
I'd be interested in the statistics on people who get scammed. I mean, does a person like this fall for scams all the time, or is it that eventually a scam comes around that nets the remaining people who haven't already been burned? Is it a matter of getting older and more senile that somehow you become more trusting?

Frankly with my social security number I don't even like giving it to financial institutions, government agencies or on legal paperwork unless I'm convinced it is required. I still get annoyed that DMV in California requires an SSN -- doesn't make any sense really, SSN isn't meant to be ID as such, and birth certificate and proof of residency should be all that is required.
 
2012-07-09 12:36:56 AM  
Happy Hours

People obama voters are incredibly stupid.

Fify
 
M-G
2012-07-09 12:37:45 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: Ambivalence: There's a fine line between stupid and naieve.

Like knowing how to spell naive. It's Evian spelled backwards.


They might simply be trying to apply German rules to a French word. When you can't type an umlaut in German, you put an 'e' after that vowel.
 
2012-07-09 12:38:49 AM  

Apos: These people didn't think their SSNs and bank routing numbers qualified as personal info?!


*Forehead smack* Ay,yi,yi!


Yeah.

I'm guessing that since they didn't ask for her bra size and her cat's favorite brand of cat food, she thought that it wasn't "personal info."
 
2012-07-09 12:43:43 AM  

Donnchadha: fusillade762: This is why we need to teach the old people to use Google. Maybe that would also stem the tide of FW:FW:FW:FW shiat I get from my mom. The latest one is just from today about how call centers are legally required to transfer you to a US center if you ask. Took me all of 15 seconds to debunk that one.

15 seconds to debunk or 15 seconds to convince your mother that it's bunk?


15 for me to discover it's not true. Another 15 to send her the Snopes link. No telling how long it will take her to follow the link and read the entry.
 
2012-07-09 12:45:50 AM  
H.E.A.P.

Just make sure you are actually connected to the government service and not a scammer.
 
2012-07-09 12:49:34 AM  

Mugato: Spasticus Autisticus: Another not-so-subtle attempt to buy votes by the most corrupted administration since forever.

That's a statement you of course won't back up with anything.


Oh, let's start with O having that Inspector General fired with out the due process set up by Congress. Then move on the lie that his healthcare plan will let us all keep our current plan AND our current doctor and then how about his claim that lobbyists would have no part in his administration or access to the WH and then having lobbyists on the WH staff and visting the WH constantly or how about his letting the Big Pharma have say in Obamacare as long as they gave their support to it, which they did,

Want to talk about him closing down Gitmo? I can, because it's easy; he didn't do it.

Or how about his claim that Bush's 4 billion deficit was terrible but his additional 5 billion is NBD.

Shovel-ready projects, anyone? Oh, that's right! By his own admission there is no such thing as a 'shovel ready project'.

Fast and Furious? I'm sure that rings a bell. And his DOJ people deciding that the most blatant example of voter discrimination wasn't the 'New' Black Panthers standing in front of a polling place calling whites 'crackers' while smacking billy clubs into their palms but rather the extraordinarily simple request that people show a picture ID in order to vote.

Let's see...there's the current investigation that the report to stop drilling in the Gulf of Mexico was rigged to support his desire to stop it.

I could also discuss his lies about his history but really, I don't have the time or the space, and seriously, someone could write a book about it. Oh, yeah, David Maniss(sp) HAS!

And this just the stuff I can think of without any effort. Farking allah, your denial of what a corrupt loser Barry has turned out to be is amazing.

If he was white and a Rep you were personally be screaming for his scalp but since you're a hypocrite you won't.
 
2012-07-09 12:51:00 AM  

HoratioGates: H.E.A.P.

Just make sure you are actually connected to the government service and not a scammer.


What's the difference??
 
2012-07-09 12:51:28 AM  
If you donate to any political campaign this year, be on the lookout. As soon as I donated to Obama, scammers started calling me with "restricted" phone numbers and started asking for money for the DNC.

"I'll just go to the DNC website and donate there."

"Uh...no! I'd really appreciate it if you could take care of it over the phone with me right now! So what do you say?"

"Is there a phone number I can call you back at?"

"No, I don't know what phone number I'm using right now. So can the Democrats depend on you to give at least 50 dollars? What do you say?"

"No, I don't think so."

[click]
 
2012-07-09 12:52:08 AM  
Georgia
Washington
Obama

how to approach this...?
 
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