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(The Consumerist)   A grocery store employee either saved a woman from falling for a scam, or left her grandson to die a slow painful death in the Philippines. One of the two   (consumerist.com) divider line 116
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2012-11-17 04:23:42 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: xynix: gopher321: Elderly - walking ATMs.

Sad how naive they are. My grandfather talks about shiat like this all the time and I shoot him down time and again. He also calls KFC a "chicken restaurant." They're living in different versions of reality.

But aging is wonderful and fantastic and makes us better and smarter and stronger and faster and wiser.


Only until what, our late twenties or so for our bodies and a bit later for our minds? I think ladies get their peak a little later than that, but afterwards it's downhill, you just hope it's nice and gradual.
 
2012-11-17 05:57:57 AM

Indubitably: Indubitably: SurfaceTension: beantowndog: SurfaceTension: My grandma fell for this same scam a few years ago. Felt awful because it was me they were impersonating.

What did you do with the money?

Hookers and blow, of course. Duh!

Way to mimic; that doesn't absolve you of anything, btw.

Buy that: lead, please, first. Hunt second.

A is first but second-plus to E.

Fifth letter and prime.

E's first, suddenly, and leading by example: embrace me; listen to me. Your business will be wiser for it.

You're welcome.


i53.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-17 07:34:41 AM

Deman: Quantum Apostrophe: xynix: gopher321: Elderly - walking ATMs.

Sad how naive they are. My grandfather talks about shiat like this all the time and I shoot him down time and again. He also calls KFC a "chicken restaurant." They're living in different versions of reality.

But aging is wonderful and fantastic and makes us better and smarter and stronger and faster and wiser.

Only until what, our late twenties or so for our bodies and a bit later for our minds? I think ladies get their peak a little later than that, but afterwards it's downhill, you just hope it's nice and gradual.


I know. I'm all for anti-aging research and technology. I'm usually alone in that, people have this amazing resistance to being healthy and smart, they prefer rationalizing aging into this wonderful romantic notion of getting better and not wanting to be 20 again. Of course, the fact that we already live longer and better than a 100 years ago is not something people think about either. They think they still live "naturally" and want to age "naturally". I suppose that's why they're against anti-aging technology, they think they still live like we did before...

I'm also sick and tired of hearing 40 year olds saying how much better and stronger and smarter they are than in their 20s. I'm a realist, I *know* I'm dumber, weaker, slower and sicker than I was in my 20s. I want my youth back. In my head I'm still in my 20s. I want my body to match that. Transexuals are accepted as being a different gender in their head and have technology for that. Why can't I have transgeriatric tech?
 
2012-11-17 09:35:17 AM

deadplant: Fark has built-in protection from scams too, like a "scam-filter" on posts.
It won't let you post SS or credit card numbers, it just blanks them out see:
XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Go ahead try it. It has to be a real number though, it checks somehow.


842-33-9944

Hey! It works! you guys try it.
 
2012-11-17 09:36:38 AM

Tumunga: deadplant: Fark has built-in protection from scams too, like a "scam-filter" on posts.
It won't let you post SS or credit card numbers, it just blanks them out see:
XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Go ahead try it. It has to be a real number though, it checks somehow.

842-33-9944

Hey! It works! you guys try it.


Oh Phuq! Why am I not allowed to edit my post? This sucks. Pay no attention to my previous post. Nothing to see here.
 
2012-11-17 09:51:41 AM
I managed to stop friends of my parents from being scammed for one of those Nigerian prince-like scams. These friends weren't old, just desperate for money after committing financial suicide. They really wanted to go through with it, so I asked them to bring the emails to a local police station. Sure enough, they weren't the only ones in their city getting them.

they ended up falling for something else a couple of years later unfortunately. someone offered to help them refinance their house (they were beyond screwed at this point), and asked for an exorbitant processing fee. they sold their cars on the cheap to raise the cash, and the guy took the money and ran. dumbasses.
 
2012-11-17 12:33:02 PM
I was almost taken back in 2004. Scammer posed as a hot, extremely busty African-american from Beaumont that was currently in Niger buying art. (They sent pics from what I now assume was their porn collection.) Then they said they were stuck with some surprise hotel fees and couldn't leave until they settled that. Asked me to cash a money-order from their 'buyer' and wire what they needed and I could keep the rest.

I asked why the buyer couldn't send the money directly to them, then got the excuse that the Western Union place would just take her money because she was a woman. I pointed out that either from me or anyone else, she'd still be the one picking it up. Logic failed to click, instead sexual favors were promised when she got back to Texas. I caved, and gave an address they could send stuff. (A PO box) I knew it stank to high heaven, so I just wanted to see what would happen.

A few days later, I received a letter from the USPS that they intercepted a letter from a known advance-fee fraud scammer's address. Suspicions confirmed. Had I gotten any money-order, I would have taken it to the WU and told them I thought it was a scam, and had them verify it first.

At least I got some nice pics out of the deal.
 
2012-11-17 12:38:10 PM
Over the years I have convinced several 419 scammers to FedEx me phony checks for large sums to my address, and put the name "Chinga Sue Madre" on the check.

That means "F--- your mother" in Tex--Mex, all my friends get a big laugh out of it.

It costs the scammers $40 each on average, so I am screwing them at least a little.
 
2012-11-17 12:40:53 PM
All you Farkers google "Miss Solomon Part Zento" to re--live one of the better scams I have concoted with the help of my fellow Farkers.

Worth your time, I assure.
 
2012-11-17 03:44:49 PM

Enigmamf: deadplant: Fark has built-in protection from scams too, like a "scam-filter" on posts.
It won't let you post SS or credit card numbers, it just blanks them out see:
XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Go ahead try it. It has to be a real number though, it checks somehow.

I kinda fell for that once: Someone said that if you type RONPAUL, it automatically capitalizes it and runs it together - a.k.a. RONPAUL. Not quite the same but I did feel a smidge gullible that day.


That's Ron Popeil. Try it.
 
2012-11-17 04:00:44 PM

olddinosaur: Over the years I have convinced several 419 scammers to FedEx me phony checks for large sums to my address, and put the name "Chinga Sue Madre" on the check.

That means "F--- your mother" in Tex--Mex, all my friends get a big laugh out of it.

It costs the scammers $40 each on average, so I am screwing them at least a little.


Who is this Sue Madre that you just told me to fark?
 
2012-11-17 08:09:34 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Transexuals are accepted as being a different gender in their head and have technology for that. Why can't I have transgeriatric tech


I know you're being witty, but they're wrong and you would be too. The whole idea that gender is a mental construct that can changed by really wishing you were the other gender is absolute BS. If you're born with XX chromosomes, you're female. XY and you're male. Anything else, and you're a genetic anomaly, not a different gender. XX=female XY=male. If your head disagrees, your head is wrong.
 
2012-11-17 09:12:37 PM

Frozboz: Then there's people like me who take it a step farther and bait scammers into creating wooden and bronze AT-ATs:


That link is pure farking unadulterated grade-a gold plated genius.
 
2012-11-18 07:19:50 AM

taurusowner: I'm legitimately curious, does something happen in the human brain around a certain age that makes old people this way? I would imagine that this woman in question had a functioning brain when she was in her 30s for instance. I doubt she would have just given thousands of dollars to a stranger when she was young. What made her unable to rationally evaluate reality now? Similarly, why is it so much harder for older people to learn new skills? I'm not even talking about people in their 70s and 80s. Even adults in their later 40s and 50s seem to lose the ability to do new things. I'm sure I'm not the first person to try to teach an older mother or father how to use a computer. And yet simple stuff like "click the mouse here" is like trying to teach rocket surgery. I'm sure that when the first TVs or some other "new when they were young" piece of tech came out, they used to be pretty good at just learning how to use it. They learned how the 8 tracks in their cars worked. Why is learning a DVD player or how to print something now impossible? Someone who knows about brain chemistry or physiology; is there a medical reason for this kind of thing?


I'm 41. What's rocket surgery?
 
2012-11-18 07:29:55 AM

Lady Indica: taurusowner: I'm legitimately curious, does something happen in the human brain around a certain age that makes old people this way? I would imagine that this woman in question had a functioning brain when she was in her 30s for instance. I doubt she would have just given thousands of dollars to a stranger when she was young. What made her unable to rationally evaluate reality now? Similarly, why is it so much harder for older people to learn new skills? I'm not even talking about people in their 70s and 80s. Even adults in their later 40s and 50s seem to lose the ability to do new things. I'm sure I'm not the first person to try to teach an older mother or father how to use a computer. And yet simple stuff like "click the mouse here" is like trying to teach rocket surgery. I'm sure that when the first TVs or some other "new when they were young" piece of tech came out, they used to be pretty good at just learning how to use it. They learned how the 8 tracks in their cars worked. Why is learning a DVD player or how to print something now impossible? Someone who knows about brain chemistry or physiology; is there a medical reason for this kind of thing?

You have to think of the time period of these people. I'm sure in some cases there might be mild dementia involved, but not in most.

Making a phone call wasn't just serious business it was expensive. My grandfather (I was his favorite :P) loved when I'd call, but never ever failed to worry about the cost. Always offering to call me back...and I'd have to explain each time that it wasn't costing me a dime. It used to, I used to budget money to call him when long distance was expensive.

In their lifetime they're used to such emergencies being managed exactly that way. Today, those of us who deal with modernity would know that we could resolve such a matter in numerous ways. Which is why its always taking place outside the country in a region that elderly people still think of as very 3rd world.

They're strongly driven to help. Let's face it, I didn't call Grandpop when I had to move. I can't think of a time I asked him for anything after I wasn't a little kid anymore. (The demands for ice cream eventually ceased when I could buy my own). I *knew* he was on a fixed income, and while he was fortunate enough to have enough money to do all the things he wanted, I suspect the 'old people are on a fixed income' gets hammered into most family members. They're not asked for anything really. Not even advice so much any more.

And now they have an opportunity to help. They were called, they're the ones who can come to the rescue. And they have the ability to help.

So, you can chalk it up to a huge generational gap, technology gap [especially in a crisis], and a keen desire to be useful and to help their family.

My grandfather passed away a couple of years ago, but I used to seriously worry about what would happen if someone ever harmed him in any way. It's not just about what I'd want to do to someone who did something like that, but getting there faster than the rest of my irish relatives.

And such scams are especially vile to most people because it's not playing on someone's greed. This isn't some dumbass who threw away thousands in the greedy unrealistic hope that a prince's estate was going to make them wildly rich.

Nope, this is old people desperate to help a grandchild in need. It's preying on their fear and love. I think most old people are pretty saavy about get rich quick schemes, they've seen too much of life, and don't have enough of it left to fark around with such silliness. But family?

Makes me so angry just thinking about it.


I just fell in love with you
 
2012-11-19 06:41:26 PM

AssAsInAssassin: Indubitably: AssAsInAssassin: Indubitably: Buy that: lead, please, first. Hunt second.

I read that 5 times, and I still have no idea if auto-correct mangled your post, or if I'm missing the part of my brain that translates gibberish.

I lead first, keed second, and hunt third.

Let's consider my words armed and dangerous, since you can't decipher them, okay?

Please find real bad guys.

I am not one of them.

I never said you're bad. Just that I can't understand what you're trying to say.

Maybe it's a pop-culture reference or something. (Video game? Obscure novel?) At least we've established that it's not an auto-correct malfunction.

Please find real hostile farkers. I'm not one of them.


Good. I apologize for inconveniencing you with my word-vomity gibberish, sir. *bow*

Lachwen: Indubitably: Indubitably: SurfaceTension: beantowndog: SurfaceTension: My grandma fell for this same scam a few years ago. Felt awful because it was me they were impersonating.

What did you do with the money?

Hookers and blow, of course. Duh!

Way to mimic; that doesn't absolve you of anything, btw.

Buy that: lead, please, first. Hunt second.

A is first but second-plus to E.

Fifth letter and prime.

E's first, suddenly, and leading by example: embrace me; listen to me. Your business will be wiser for it.

You're welcome.

[i53.tinypic.com image 159x90]


May we please reenergize Firefly, sir?
 
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