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(WJAC TV Johnstown)   Scammers discover that if you want a restaurant to pay an electric bill they don't actually owe, there's no better time to threaten them with losing service than the lunch rush   (wjactv.com) divider line 35
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2014-08-13 04:08:40 PM  
"Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.
 
2014-08-13 04:51:01 PM  
I'm from that area. I'd advise against pissing off folks that have a ready supply of knives, dumpsters, and people that know how to render meat into anything they want.
 
2014-08-13 04:53:02 PM  

shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.


Also: "You have to ask more questions because they red flags are there," Moore said.

Although, maybe that's a verbatim quote - they's red flags everywheres!
 
2014-08-13 04:53:17 PM  

shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.


I'm thinking Lauren Hensley needs to proofread more.

After ratting off some key information, ...
Police said they tell the business their bill is passed due and they must pay up.

 "You have to ask more questions because they red flags are there," Moore said.
 
2014-08-13 04:54:57 PM  

DuudeStanky: shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.

I'm thinking Lauren Hensley needs to proofread more.

After ratting off some key information, ...
Police said they tell the business their bill is passed due and they must pay up.
 "You have to ask more questions because they red flags are there," Moore said.


The signs of someone who lets spellcheck do all the work.
 
2014-08-13 04:58:59 PM  
My partner and I own a donut shop in Wichita, Kansas and this happened to me the other day. When the guy couldn't pronounce the name of the company he purportedly worked for, I knew something was suspicious. Plus the whole methodology didn't make sense...they said they were calling to see if a manager would be present in 30-45 minutes to sign some papers, then have the electricity shut off. What company does that? Once he realized I wasn't buying it, he changed his tune... "Oh, the system has just updated and shows your most recent payment." The kicker is that the caller ID showed the call coming from an actual Westar Energy phone number.
 
2014-08-13 05:04:59 PM  
The power company (actually, we're a govt entity) I work for never calls anybody about a bill.....ever.  By snail mail, we send the bill, we send a reminder, we send a final notice and 24-48 hours later, we shut you off, either remotely (for those that have the smart meters) or manually.  This is a three month process.  We are constantly sending out notices that we DO NOT CALL YOU, EVER!! If you get a phone call purportedly from us regarding your electric bill, it's a scam, plain and simple.

/we do email reminders too, if you're signed up for them (though we do not email the "official" monthly bill)
 
2014-08-13 05:08:18 PM  

carmody: My partner and I own a donut shop in Wichita, Kansas and this happened to me the other day. When the guy couldn't pronounce the name of the company he purportedly worked for, I knew something was suspicious. Plus the whole methodology didn't make sense...they said they were calling to see if a manager would be present in 30-45 minutes to sign some papers, then have the electricity shut off. What company does that? Once he realized I wasn't buying it, he changed his tune... "Oh, the system has just updated and shows your most recent payment." The kicker is that the caller ID showed the call coming from an actual Westar Energy phone number.


you can spoof caller ID
 
2014-08-13 05:09:11 PM  
Best scam call Ive gotten recently was a guy saying he was from the Federal Security Agency (never heard of them) and the patriot act gave him broad sweeping powers to....thats where I hung up. It was 4:30 am and I was pissed. He called back 3 times and then another number called and some girl left me a message asking me for help and to talk to some of the people I knew at the Pentagon. Woulda farked with them if I wasnt so angry and groggy, I guess thats how they want to catch you half asleep.
 
2014-08-13 05:10:45 PM  
Never trust anybody calling you, plain and simple.
 
2014-08-13 05:13:26 PM  

iheartscotch: Never trust anybody calling you, plain and simple.


QFT
 
2014-08-13 05:13:43 PM  
Anything 'Official' sounding .. "give me your name and number and let me call your (home) office. Just hang on this line while I call .."

/click
 
2014-08-13 05:13:46 PM  
WE ARE  NOT  SCAMMERS!     WE ARE  STEALTH  ENTREPRENEURS!!!
 
2014-08-13 05:19:44 PM  
Happens around here (Minnesota) as well. A good policy is to never give anything (CC, Personal Info, etc) to someone who's called you, tell them you'll call their company back. Caller ID is 100% spoofable and can't be trusted.

And don't call the Caller ID number back, because sometimes it goes to the overseas equivalent of a 900 number and you'll get a massive bill for it. Call the 800 # of the actual company.
 
2014-08-13 05:23:11 PM  

DuudeStanky: shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.

I'm thinking Lauren Hensley needs to proofread more.

After ratting off some key information, ...
Police said they tell the business their bill is passed due and they must pay up.
 "You have to ask more questions because they red flags are there," Moore said.


Also, someone called saying they owned on an electric bill but in reality their bill was already paid.

Lauren Hensley should be ashamed of herself.
 
2014-08-13 05:24:36 PM  

R.O.U.S: Happens around here (Minnesota) as well. A good policy is to never give anything (CC, Personal Info, etc) to someone who's called you, tell them you'll call their company back. Caller ID is 100% spoofable and can't be trusted.

And don't call the Caller ID number back, because sometimes it goes to the overseas equivalent of a 900 number and you'll get a massive bill for it. Call the 800 # of the actual company.


Same goes for people who knock on your door. Unless you've invited them you never give them money or CC numbers. If you do buy something, like a driveway shovelling, pay cash AFTER the work is done.
 
2014-08-13 05:31:16 PM  
I work for a restaurant chain and we get these types of calls a lot. We pay all of our utilities through bank draft, so we're never late. My restaurants know to tell the scammer to call me since they don't pay anything from the restaurant. I've never had anyone call after that.
 
2014-08-13 05:31:32 PM  

Russ1642: R.O.U.S: Happens around here (Minnesota) as well. A good policy is to never give anything (CC, Personal Info, etc) to someone who's called you, tell them you'll call their company back. Caller ID is 100% spoofable and can't be trusted.

And don't call the Caller ID number back, because sometimes it goes to the overseas equivalent of a 900 number and you'll get a massive bill for it. Call the 800 # of the actual company.

Same goes for people who knock on your door. Unless you've invited them you never give them money or CC numbers. If you do buy something, like a driveway shovelling, pay cash AFTER the work is done.


Especially if you're old.
I'm talking to you.
 
2014-08-13 05:33:44 PM  

shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.


Many people enjoy not givin a shiat about grammer irregardless of weather they post on fark.
 
2014-08-13 05:35:50 PM  

Random Discord: iheartscotch: Never trust anybody calling you, plain and simple.

QFT


Because Stone Cold said so!
 
2014-08-13 05:40:57 PM  
I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird
 
2014-08-13 05:51:07 PM  

Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird


o,r you could always say,  Sure come on by and I'll give you a check..... and have the cops waiting.
 
2014-08-13 05:54:39 PM  
We've gotten those calls before. Frankly, if you call me up in the middle of a rush and start demanding that I write things down for my managers, I'm going to hang up on you, and my managers will back me up on that.
 
2014-08-13 05:59:03 PM  

Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird


Makes it sound more legitimate. If he asks for a million dollars, people know it's a scam. If he asks for $97,530.21 it sounds more like a real invoice for services rendered.
 
2014-08-13 06:01:26 PM  
Hey, has anyone pointed out how bad the grammar in TFA was?

/wow
//the mobile version has a menu at the bottom that obscures text at the bottom of the article. Not very well designed.
 
2014-08-13 06:09:00 PM  

Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird


Ive gotten the toner sam in the past some comapny calls up asks for your serial number they got a database with the model type and send you a shiat ton of toner for it and a huge bill. One of my less than smart underlings fell for it.
 
2014-08-13 06:22:49 PM  

groppet: Best scam call Ive gotten recently was a guy saying he was from the Federal Security Agency (never heard of them) and the patriot act gave him broad sweeping powers to....thats where I hung up. It was 4:30 am and I was pissed. He called back 3 times and then another number called and some girl left me a message asking me for help and to talk to some of the people I knew at the Pentagon. Woulda farked with them if I wasnt so angry and groggy, I guess thats how they want to catch you half asleep.


The best one I recently got involved a caller saying he represented a Federal agency ( I forget what he said) that was authorized to give out loans for house payments, rent, car payments (etc).  I was chosen based on my demographics (Uhmm, I have a cell phone that has moved around a lot), and it could not be used for drugs or alcohol.  The guy had trouble pronouncing many words.  So, I asked him what statute authorized the release of these funds.  After a while, he hung up on me.  Do people fall for that?
 
2014-08-13 06:33:27 PM  

groppet: Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird

Ive gotten the toner sam in the past some comapny calls up asks for your serial number they got a database with the model type and send you a shiat ton of toner for it and a huge bill. One of my less than smart underlings fell for it.


You know, according to the Postal Service that's a gift and is free.

Congrats on your 'never-running-out-of-toner' party!

/had this once, did my research
//oddly, the phone calls stopped too once I dropped that nugget-o-info.
 
2014-08-13 07:12:05 PM  
We get reports of this happening all the time here in NM. But the part on the news, is sometimes not just electricity, but also warrants for family member. The want prepaid debit cards paid for, forcing *ahem* them to go to a walmart or so forth to get them.
 
2014-08-13 07:15:11 PM  

What_do_you_want_now: groppet: Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird

Ive gotten the toner sam in the past some comapny calls up asks for your serial number they got a database with the model type and send you a shiat ton of toner for it and a huge bill. One of my less than smart underlings fell for it.

You know, according to the Postal Service that's a gift and is free.

Congrats on your 'never-running-out-of-toner' party!

/had this once, did my research
//oddly, the phone calls stopped too once I dropped that nugget-o-info.


Not really. Someone at the company green lighted a fake order. Free is unsolicited.
 
2014-08-13 08:49:52 PM  

oh_please: DuudeStanky: shanrick: "Scammers have targeted restaurants. Every business we have talked too has been a restaurant,

The person who wrote the article must submit a lot of Fark headlines.

I'm thinking Lauren Hensley needs to proofread more.

After ratting off some key information, ...
Police said they tell the business their bill is passed due and they must pay up.
 "You have to ask more questions because they red flags are there," Moore said.

Also, someone called saying they owned on an electric bill but in reality their bill was already paid.

Lauren Hensley should be ashamed of herself.


In her defense, Spallchecker was a free app.
 
2014-08-13 09:41:14 PM  
Real power company's don't warn there about to shut you down. They just pull the plug then charge you $100 to hook it back up. When they get around to it.
 
2014-08-13 09:57:46 PM  

saturn badger: What_do_you_want_now: groppet: Pribar: I feel slighted, my shop never gets calls threatening to shut off my power, just bills for toner for the copier we don't have and "overdue" bills for web hosting we never signed up for. The only call I ever got was from someone claiming to be with our "website host" claiming we owed 2412.21 for upgrades and maintenance and threatening to delete our site if we didn't pay immediately, trouble is our webserver is located under my old workbench and is maintained by one of my customers under a workswap agreement we have, after letting him bluster on for a while (it was slow and I was bored) he finally announced that he had locked our site and we would have to pay 7250 to get it back, a quick check on my laptop showed it was still there but I had 2 emails saying someone was trying to transfer our domain name and asking for confirmation, one legit and one spoofed so if I clicked any of the links it would grant permission. I asked the scammer how many idiots had fallen for his schtick and he hung up.


/I have always wondered about the demanded amount, the 21 cents thing was just weird

Ive gotten the toner sam in the past some comapny calls up asks for your serial number they got a database with the model type and send you a shiat ton of toner for it and a huge bill. One of my less than smart underlings fell for it.

You know, according to the Postal Service that's a gift and is free.

Congrats on your 'never-running-out-of-toner' party!

/had this once, did my research
//oddly, the phone calls stopped too once I dropped that nugget-o-info.

Not really. Someone at the company green lighted a fake order. Free is unsolicited.



Asking for a serial number does not constitute an order.
 
2014-08-13 11:27:42 PM  
Corbett campaign financiers on their lunch break, teamed up with select power company workers for a little under the table bonus bucks?
 
2014-08-14 05:14:59 PM  
Even with all the typos, misspellings, and bad journalism, they're still the better news channel in Altoona-Johnstown.

Sad, I know.
 
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