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(WSAZ West Virginia)   You can really tell that times are getting tough when Betty White needs gas money to come visit you. Pre-paid Visa or Green Dot card, please... in advance, you little punk   (wsaz.com) divider line 19
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2014-03-01 08:34:30 AM
I understand how people can fall for a lot of scams, but this one? How do you really believe that a celebrity is going to deliver a prize to your house but first you need to send them money using some prepaid cash card?
 
2014-03-01 08:38:38 AM
I'm never amazed by the number of people who fall for this everyday. 

CSB. I was in a store a few years ago where we had an older gentleman fall for this. They told him he had won the lottery. All he needed to do was to send them $2K in Greendot cards and they would come out, award him his money, and put his pic in the paper. Of course we know it's a scam. Try telling the guy that multiple times. He just starts screaming how us "youngins" are trying to keep him from being happy. The next day his daughter shows up. She's grateful we tried to stop her dad. Of course it was a scam. Her dad had spent 2 hours yelling at her for her telling him not go through with it. We felt bad for him, being out the money. He didn't give a shiat. He was furious though he had gotten dressed in his Sunday best and no-one was coming to take his picture for the paper.
 
2014-03-01 08:40:52 AM

dukeblue219: I understand how people can fall for a lot of scams, but this one? How do you really believe that a celebrity is going to deliver a prize to your house but first you need to send them money using some prepaid cash card?


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Yeah, a celebrity would never deliver a prize that requires a purchase first.
 
2014-03-01 08:45:42 AM
Wouldn't it just be easier to randomly call people and say you're from Visa and ask them their credit card number, you know, for verification? 

My parents wouldn't have the first idea where to even get a green dot card.
 
2014-03-01 08:47:41 AM

bigworld2000: Wouldn't it just be easier to randomly call people and say you're from Visa and ask them their credit card number, you know, for verification? 

My parents wouldn't have the first idea where to even get a green dot card.


They instruct people on the phone on how to do it. And the people follow it all the time.
 
2014-03-01 08:49:51 AM
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This is my particularly favorite GreenDot scam. The number of people who come in to but one who were watching porn for "the first time ever" cracks the shiat up outta me.
 
2014-03-01 09:00:00 AM

dukeblue219: I understand how people can fall for a lot of scams, but this one? How do you really believe that a celebrity is going to deliver a prize to your house but first you need to send them money using some prepaid cash card?


About 8yrs ago I luckily was able to stop an otherwise intelligent friend from going for a popular scam, only because he was excited and told me about it at the last minute. It was one of the ones coming out of Nigeria - distant relative died and left him money, complete witjh pics of the "relative", the wrecked car he "died" in, and "the house he had lived in". He was to transfer money and keep it a secret "so that other relatives wouldn't know and he wouldn't have to pay taxes on the 300,000k.

I was astonished.

Kept my wits about me and explained what the hallmarks of those, and other, scams are. I tried shortly after to get an answer for why he almost did it ans all I was able to get out of him then, and later, was "I believed it". :-\

Sure some people are just stupid/greedy, but I think some of them just want to believe.

I don't get it either.
 
2014-03-01 09:02:21 AM

bigworld2000: Wouldn't it just be easier to randomly call people and say you're from Visa and ask them their credit card number, you know, for verification? 

My parents wouldn't have the first idea where to even get a green dot card.


This man, why they gotta make their scam so convoluted.

/if one of your card numbers is lucky, you win a prize
 
2014-03-01 09:02:49 AM
do you think they could send Morgan Freeman instead? my living room is the only place left he hasn't appeared.
 
2014-03-01 09:18:24 AM
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shiat, they might have actually nabbed me if they had used Betty White.
 
2014-03-01 09:20:17 AM
My mother got phished one time by an "AOL verification" e-mail. Had to change her checking account numbers. But we had to it again after her checkbook was lifted from her purse in a grocery store. The only good thing about her gradual decline into dementia was less interest in checking her AOL e-mail.

We still have access to her AOL account. She's been dead since September and just this week she got a phishing e-mail from a funeral home "sorry for your loss, click here to see the obituary."

Bastards.
 
2014-03-01 09:20:58 AM

bigbobowski: do you think they could send Morgan Freeman instead? my living room is the only place left he hasn't appeared.


He's coming to my house this afternoon to drop off my Brand New Car! I'll give him your address.
 
2014-03-01 09:38:39 AM

lindalouwho: bigbobowski: do you think they could send Morgan Freeman instead? my living room is the only place left he hasn't appeared.

He's coming to my house this afternoon to drop off my Brand New Car! I'll give him your address.


Thats nothing.

Salma Hayek is coming over for brunch. She's gonna let me get her pregnant.

/oh wait..stil dreaming.
//dammitsomuch
 
2014-03-01 10:55:56 AM

jayphat: [guides.yoosecurity.com image 500x408]

This is my particularly favorite GreenDot scam. The number of people who come in to but one who were watching porn for "the first time ever" cracks the shiat up outta me.


Those ones are nasty to try to clean off machines.  The latest one installs a rootkit that BSODs the machine when you try to boot into safe mode.
 
2014-03-01 11:10:16 AM
Betty White makes enough money as a high class escort, but no funny business unless she's in the mood.
 
2014-03-01 12:26:48 PM
Sorry, but these theives make me so mad. You know who you are.... thieves!
 
2014-03-01 12:28:39 PM

bigworld2000: Wouldn't it just be easier to randomly call people and say you're from Visa and ask them their credit card number, you know, for verification? 

My parents wouldn't have the first idea where to even get a green dot card.


True Boring Story:  Back in 95 when I first started working in Accounting my first project was cleaning up the horrific mess my companies "auto-pay" system was in.  The only way to do this was to call the customer and ask them to verify the card number, expiration date, and billing address.

I would say that roughly 4 out of every 5 people would helpfully provide that information without another thought about it.  Of course, this was almost 20 years ago, so I would hope that all of the stories about credit card fraud would have lowered that ratio by now.
 
2014-03-01 12:40:04 PM
Marketing Idea for Green Dot. Instead of giving scamers money allow customers to purchase paintballs. Then when they come to cash in, the cashier lets them have it.
 
2014-03-01 09:58:45 PM
Pssh. The real Betty White would arrive astride a freaking tiger.

/When the animals rise, she alone will be spared.
 
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