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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 146
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2012-07-09 06:47:24 AM  
What? Uncle Sugar isn't gonna pay my bills and get me a new kitchen?

0.tqn.com

/hot like a wad o cash from Obama's stash.
 
2012-07-09 07:09:42 AM  
Grant money. Money that doesn't cost the taxpayers. That's the extra money the government has, from like, when the guys go to lunch and forget to turn the printing presses off, and the come back and, like wow, there is this whole extra pallet of money they printed, and now they don't know what to do with it. And other things, like the extra money Greece gives us, once in a while.
 
2012-07-09 07:11:25 AM  

serial_crusher: 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.


You should tip off her bank.

That photo would be security negligence and give them an excuse not to give the money back.
 
2012-07-09 07:11:38 AM  
This is happening here in Illinois too. It's amazing how deluded these people are. I've tried explaining to a few how it's a scam and that Obama isn't giving out money and how I, or anyone else there, never got money. It's easy to spot too since they aren't using an Illinois routing number. These people are about the dumbest walks of life around.
 
2012-07-09 07:27:57 AM  
3 1/2 years later and they still think he is going to pay their bills? If he could only steal more money from those mean ol rich people then Santa Clause will come to the ghetto
 
2012-07-09 07:29:45 AM  

basilbrush: I am not American but didn't Chris Dodd (MPAA) practically openly admit to buying legislation a few months back? And the governments response of the allegations was STFU.


Actually, he admitted to trying and failing to buy legislation (SOPA/PIPA), and threatened to cut off future bribes because of it... And, given that he failed and was basically told to fark off, I'd say the government's response was the right one for a change...
 
2012-07-09 07:48:35 AM  

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


yup.

wow.
 
2012-07-09 07:56:11 AM  
And we allow these people to vote?

No wonder this country is in a shiatstorm sandwich. Fark ignorance!
 
2012-07-09 08:17:27 AM  

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


The vast majority of Obama supporters/people stupid enough to fall for this would probably receive a decent amount of public assistance money to cover their numerous illegitimate children. The scammer would just need to access it on the day it's paid out, before it gets spent on crack.
 
2012-07-09 08:28:07 AM  

pxlboy: expobill: why? is Alabama a swing state?

No, but it's full of geniuses. There's something wrong when it must be explained why history classes are important.


In all fairness, most of history is more on the order of fairy tales made up after the fact to rationalize past events as supporting the political agenda of whoever was doing the writing. If you're worried about school involving 'brainwashing' history would be the logical subject to want to exclude, since it's by far the closest to that imagined threat.
 
2012-07-09 08:29:50 AM  

Onkel Buck: 3 1/2 years later and they still think he is going to pay their bills? If he could only steal more money from those mean ol rich people then Santa Clause will come to the ghetto


content8.flixster.com

Disagrees. "You crazy - there aint no Sanity Clause..."
 
2012-07-09 08:30:02 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


Charlotte, NC too.
 
2012-07-09 08:38:09 AM  

perigee: Onkel Buck: 3 1/2 years later and they still think he is going to pay their bills? If he could only steal more money from those mean ol rich people then Santa Clause will come to the ghetto

[content8.flixster.com image 462x308]

Disagrees. "You crazy - there aint no Sanity Clause..."


Why a duck?
 
2012-07-09 08:41:15 AM  

musashi1600: serial_crusher: 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.

If her bank found out about that, is it legally possible for them to refuse to cover her losses?


IIRC they had already refused. A debit card is considered "more secure" than a credit card (because the thief has to guess those 4 digits!), so they don't cover losses from those. Maybe they covered up to $500 or something like that, but these guys made off with thousands.

/ My two cents, the banks should implement proper security and make everybody liable for their own mistakes. One time use passwords per transaction, that sort of thing. A 4 digit constant really isn't strong enough to say it's definitely your own fault. Too easy to get phished by a hacked/bogus ATM, that sort of thing.
 
2012-07-09 09:07:20 AM  

Happy Hours: Do they put a fraud alert on your credit? You can do that without LifeLock all by yourself. I'm not sure of the details, but it will make things harder for you (or any identity thieves) to get credit in your name.


I tried to put a "fraud alert" on my name, preventing anyone from opening any cards in my name... I was told I couldn't do it over the phone, had to fill something out, mail it to all 3 to do that, and a few other hoops...

You would figure that with this kind of fraud being the number one crime, thats hard to catch and convict, and costs so much each year, it would be easier to do...
 
2012-07-09 09:08:24 AM  
Basic credit card and internet security should be taught in school, along with Cynicism 101.
 
2012-07-09 09:10:11 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.



The Consumerist had an article on this last week. Here's the Twitter page of dumb people in action:
NeedaDebitCard
 
2012-07-09 09:12:32 AM  
ladyfortuna:

someone in Texas was, somehow, able to charge about $1500 (total) worth of crap at Dollar General. Don't ask me how they did this, multiple times, without physically having the card at all, but I do know I was not liable for a penny of it.

I think their first tip-off was that it was in Texas, since I've never been there much less spent money there. I am probably one of the rare people who will say good things about Capital One, as I've never had a problem. Hopefully it stays that way.


I used to work in the fraud department of a credit card company. Many people who steal CC numbers have the equipment to make cards. They can get the numbers from anywhere. It is really not possible to keep your info 100% safe.

The biggest thing we looked for was a purchase made at a gas pump (without having to go inside to pay) followed by a large purchase somewhere else. The thieves will run cards through a gas pump to see if they work correctly and then go on a spending spree.
 
2012-07-09 09:29:39 AM  
FTA: 'the scammers ask for people's Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers.'

"I didn't think it was a scam because they are not asking for personal information," Washington said.

Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.
 
2012-07-09 09:30:36 AM  

zanni: The biggest thing we looked for was a purchase made at a gas pump (without having to go inside to pay) followed by a large purchase somewhere else. The thieves will run cards through a gas pump to see if they work correctly and then go on a spending spree.


Discover is VERY quick to shut off cards for that, even if the purchase is $20-$30. Basically any time I use a gas pump I have not been to before, even in the same city, the cards gets turned off for the whole household. It probably happens about twice a month.

The other cards don't seem to do that as easily.
 
2012-07-09 09:58:59 AM  

Brick-House: [scienceblogs.com image 480x545]

/oblig


I prefer mine:

i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-09 10:01:02 AM  
Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.

Yet somehow they have the brains not to vote Republican. You can't explain that.
 
2012-07-09 10:13:09 AM  

ferretman: Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.


Right, as opposed to the brain trust that is the average republican voter.
 
2012-07-09 10:18:24 AM  

ferretman: FTA: 'the scammers ask for people's Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers.'

"I didn't think it was a scam because they are not asking for personal information," Washington said.

Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.


Which all but guarantees another 4 years of this train wreck. As much as I could care less for Romney, his ideas and his magic underwear, it may be the last vestige of hope this country has to redeem us so that there is a chance that a likeable 3rd party candidate can come around in 2016. Voting 3rd party or write in this time around is all but guaranteed to give us another 4 years of the idiot we have now.
 
2012-07-09 10:20:08 AM  
Well what's to be expected from the heart of the South?

At least you don't have that problem here. Fark automatically blocks social security numbers for user safety. XXX-XXX-XXXX See?
 
2012-07-09 10:53:42 AM  
Ineptocracy

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
 
2012-07-09 11:11:17 AM  

SithLord: And we allow these people to vote?

No wonder this country is in a shiatstorm sandwich. Fark ignorance!


In Florida we try pretty hard to prevent them from doing so, but a few still make it to the polls.
 
2012-07-09 11:15:59 AM  

DarthBart: ladyfortuna: Happy Hours: RogermcAllen: 12349876: Happy Hours: Do I want to sign up for their credit protection service? It's only $1 for the first month.

That would also be a negative.

What the fark do these things do for you anyway?

Do they just call you and say - hey, someone signed up for a credit card or a home loan in your name. Was that really you?

And if someone can sign up for a credit card in my name, what's going to stop them from changing the address/phone number of my credit protection service?

Heck, the credit card company already calls me if they see something that they think is suspicious.

I don't really know if it makes much difference over the basic service, but I have that on my Capital One card (I don't carry a balance and it's based on that, so usually I don't actually pay for it). A few months back there was a MAJOR credit card breach, and my business card ended up being one of the numbers stolen; someone in Texas was, somehow, able to charge about $1500 (total) worth of crap at Dollar General. Don't ask me how they did this, multiple times, without physically having the card at all, but I do know I was not liable for a penny of it.

I think their first tip-off was that it was in Texas, since I've never been there much less spent money there. I am probably one of the rare people who will say good things about Capital One, as I've never had a problem. Hopefully it stays that way.

Go get a $10 prepaid visa card so it looks like you're using an actual card, get a magstripe reader/writer and lay down a new number on it, and go to town. I can go into my local grocery store, ring up $300 in purchases, swipe my card, press "credit", scribble a signature, and beat feet. All without anyone even looking at the card, much less verifying that it is my card. Hell, I get more hassle about showing ID at Goodwill buying $15 worth of stuff with my card than I do buying $500 in groceries at BJ's.

I even see the swipe pads say "hold card for cashier ...


The problem with that plan is that you've just committed a moderately serious crime for $300. Risk/reward: not worth it IMHO.
 
2012-07-09 11:41:04 AM  

ferretman: FTA: 'the scammers ask for people's Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers.'

"I didn't think it was a scam because they are not asking for personal information," Washington said.

Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.


Republican voters instead still fall for the Nigerian email scam and spend half their paychecks on These fake $50 American Buffalo coins.
 
2012-07-09 11:56:10 AM  
How was this not posted earlier? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI


seems relevant
 
2012-07-09 11:57:23 AM  

Ed Willy: [images.sodahead.com image 350x262]

Obligatory


oops. now i see it
 
2012-07-09 12:31:32 PM  
 
2012-07-09 12:37:34 PM  

Ed Willy: [images.sodahead.com image 350x262]

Obligatory


AT THIS VERY MINUTE, TV and radio ads are playing blaming one party or the other for the current economic mess, and claiming that if you vote for Romney (or Obama) that you won't have to worry about paying for your mortgage, or for gas, because the economy will get better if you just vote against that corrupt usurper Obama (or corrupt destroyer of jobs Romney). This woman didn't say that Obama will pay her mortgage, she said she wouldn't have to worry about paying her mortgage. But what's the title of the youtube video? "Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!"

/end rant
 
2012-07-09 01:55:25 PM  

gravebayne2: Paris1127: FizixJunkee: 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

Suckers. It's only Social Security Numbers:
***-**-****

i'm not saying he is old, but his SSN is 1.


i25.photobucket.com

/not not not - not not - not not not two
//Damn Roosevelt
 
2012-07-09 02:04:40 PM  

Salty8482: /not not not - not not - not not not two
//Damn Roosevelt


It's "naught"
 
2012-07-09 03:28:22 PM  

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.


How the unholy hell do you live to be that old without developing a basic realization that scammers exist?
 
2012-07-09 03:35:36 PM  

shotglasss: What? Uncle Sugar isn't gonna pay my bills and get me a new kitchen?

[0.tqn.com image 500x383]

/hot like a wad o cash from Obama's stash.


Oh, I would just love to see some of your cited sources on that "wad o cash" from President Obama's "stash".
 
2012-07-09 04:52:03 PM  

PsiChick: 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.

How the unholy hell do you live to be that old without developing a basic realization that scammers exist?


I suspect mental illness.
 
2012-07-09 09:04:37 PM  

Feral Duhbya: Just shows the intelligence level of the average Obama voter.

Yet somehow they have the brains not to vote Republican. You can't explain that.


Yeah, but they still vote, so the point stands.
 
2012-07-09 09:07:23 PM  
Americans should be required to pass the CBEST test to register to vote. Renewed every 10 years.

I aced that thing drunk, but I know others who studied for months and still didn't pass it. I was the only one with the heart (the dark, dark, obsidian heart) to tell them that maybe they shouldn't be teachers.

Tangent on stupidityness: My stupid, stupid, stupid times a bajillion, 55 year old aunt was bragging about how she is going to have her mother take California's online writing assessment for her which she cannot pass. Her mother is 70 and doesn't talk much, but when she does it is in broken English. I was blown away. Here is a woman, bragging to a teacher, how she is going to cheat to pass an exam so she can teach. I was speechless and wanted to slap her.

Thankfully my sister berated her aggressively before I could attack. I later remarked that this was the most unchristian reaction to difficulties that I could imagine. I love shaming religious folk with their own religion. That is the best part of being morally upstanding: shaming the religious.


Back to the article response: What happened to our country in the 50s-60s? Why are baby boomers so f'in retarded?
 
2012-07-09 09:56:09 PM  

DarthBart: ladyfortuna: Happy Hours: RogermcAllen: 12349876: Happy Hours:

Go get a $10 prepaid visa card so it looks like you're using an actual card, get a magstripe reader/writer and lay down a new number on it, and go to town. I can go into my local grocery store, ring up $300 in purchases, swipe my card, press "credit", scribble a signature, and beat feet. All without anyone even looking at the card, much less verifying that it is my card. Hell, I get more hassle about showing ID at Goodwill buying $15 worth of stuff with my card than I do buying $500 in groceries at BJ's.

I even see the swipe pads say "hold card for cashier ...


As far as I know, that's illegal. So why would I do that again?
 
2012-07-09 11:34:17 PM  
It's not just Atlanta. And it's not just 'Obama stimulus'. My office has been getting calls from all along the east coast saying Obama's paying the bill or that their state has a stimulus package.
Most of them know it's a scam. If you tell them you need to call the bank to verify funds, they hang up. A small percentage are gullible, the rest are scamming and pleading ignorance when they're busted.
 
2012-07-10 12:58:47 AM  

ladyfortuna: As far as I know, that's illegal. So why would I do that again?


Some people are of the opinion that it's morally defensible to steal from crooks. I don't hold that view, mind you. I'm just explaining. See "Steal This Book" for more information.
 
2012-07-10 04:22:37 AM  

gravebayne2: Paris1127: FizixJunkee: 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

Suckers. It's only Social Security Numbers:
***-**-****

i'm not saying he is old, but his SSN is 1.


He's Teddy Roosevelt?
 
2012-07-10 09:46:03 AM  
I work for a Southern utility that has been affected by this. We've had over 5000 customers make fraudulent payments using info disseminated by these hacks. It's a pain in my ass, but hey, I'm getting overtime.

I want to slap these people who thought this was legit.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-07-11 01:19:37 PM  
The morons falling for this are the Tea Party types.
 
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