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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 21
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15904 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Nov 2012 at 7:15 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-16 06:50:47 PM
7 votes:

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?
2012-11-16 07:21:05 PM
4 votes:
Dammit, I've been waiting for that money order for WEEKS.
2012-11-16 08:38:38 PM
3 votes:

darkscout: Frozboz: Then there's people like me who take it a step farther and bait scammers into creating wooden and bronze AT-ATs:
[i63.photobucket.com image 576x255] 

Link

Um. Reasonably priced these could probably actually sell.

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.

It works with passwords too. Watch:

Username: darkscout
Password: hunter2


I checked, that password didn't work. dickhunter2 did though.
2012-11-16 07:51:58 PM
3 votes:
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.
2012-11-16 08:21:30 PM
2 votes:

ShawnDoc: I wish it had been that easy to scam money out of my elderly relatives.


Hell, I just wish my elderly relatives had money. Or at least hadn't already written me out of their wills for that whole drunken 'mayonnaise and corgi pack' thing.
2012-11-16 07:29:58 PM
2 votes:
Then there's people like me who take it a step farther and bait scammers into creating wooden and bronze AT-ATs:
i63.photobucket.com 

Link
2012-11-16 07:09:21 PM
2 votes:
You can always get more grandchildren, so meh.
2012-11-16 10:39:50 PM
1 votes:

Needlessly Complicated: kidgenius: 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 know! That filter saved me once before too.

Here's my SSN:

XXX-XX-XXXX

Here's my Discover card number:

5438-3000-1345-0013

Did that work?


Any idiot can find someone's credit card number, since it is printed on the damn card. It's useless without a PIN.
2012-11-16 10:37:15 PM
1 votes:

Honest Bender: spidermilk: You know young people do fall for stupid things. Thing of everything on Snopes. I just had someone telling me how dangerous it was to be talking on your cell phone at the gas station. I was like 'huh?' and after 20 seconds of googling I find out that is all a rumor.

These are young people who still have a prefrontal cortex, why aren't they skeptical??

[c-storeadvisor.gilbarco.com image 400x352]

No comment about the likelihood of a cellphone causing problems at the gas pump...


Yours doesn't shoot sparks? Man I need a new phone.
2012-11-16 10:25:53 PM
1 votes:
I almost died a slow, painful death in the Philippines, but a shot of penicillin fixed me right up.
2012-11-16 09:40:02 PM
1 votes:

Honest Bender: spidermilk: You know young people do fall for stupid things. Thing of everything on Snopes. I just had someone telling me how dangerous it was to be talking on your cell phone at the gas station. I was like 'huh?' and after 20 seconds of googling I find out that is all a rumor.

These are young people who still have a prefrontal cortex, why aren't they skeptical??

[c-storeadvisor.gilbarco.com image 400x352]

No comment about the likelihood of a cellphone causing problems at the gas pump...


Mythbusters has proven this to be 100% false. Getting in and out of the car while pumping however can cause enough static charge to light the fumes. Especially if you're wearing cotton panties and a skirt. Nice, cotton panties.....
2012-11-16 09:34:17 PM
1 votes:

AssAsInAssassin: 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 don't know, but I'm finding myself in that spot. I used to have a graphic design business. I thought my experience in print media--using Adobe software--would help me move on to Web development.

I couldn't keep up with the technology. My clients kept asking for more and more complex sites, and I finally had to tell them to find someone else. (Part of it was unrealistic expectations from my clients. One actually, really, no-crap, told me to go look at Donald Trump's site and make him one that looked like that, for $25 an hour.)

But mainly it was me not having the ability to keep up with changing technology. Not without taking time off to take classes, which I couldn't do and run a business and get a good night's sleep.

I visit science Web sites every day, and have a hard time keeping up with--or even feigning int ...


Well, your problem is that you are/were a stoner. Pot is know to permanently lower your intelligence.
2012-11-16 09:06:48 PM
1 votes:
My elderly mother once gave a guy (friend of her landscaper) named "Snoop Dogg" 5K to further his educational goals, never to see the Dogg again.
Fark: I was paying her back 5K she had lent me at 5% interest.
2012-11-16 08:29:15 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-11-16 07:57:35 PM
1 votes:
Guess it doesn't do luggage combinations.
2012-11-16 07:57:34 PM
1 votes:

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 know! That filter saved me once before too.

Here's my SSN:

XXX-XX-XXXX
2012-11-16 07:57:06 PM
1 votes:

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.


XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Did it work?
2012-11-16 07:41:51 PM
1 votes:
My father is mean and I can't remember ever liking him, but he did one thing I highly approve of. Many years ago, a young man went to my maternal grandmother and told her one of my sisters' was involved in some emergency. She gave him cash to take to my sister and he spent it on drugs. My father went to his domicile, kicked the door in, picked Mr.Druggie up by his throat and shook him like a rag doll. Mr. Druggie stayed the heck away from my grandmother after that.

(sniff) Dad, why couldn't you always be so reasonable?
2012-11-16 07:38:20 PM
1 votes:

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 skimmed your entry and decided: you r rtrded. *)
2012-11-16 07:10:09 PM
1 votes:

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!
2012-11-16 05:44:38 PM
1 votes:
Elderly - walking ATMs.
 
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