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(KCCI Des Moines)   Dollar Store manager saves 85-year-old from phone scammer, continues to gradually bilk old lady for crappy food   (kcci.com) divider line
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2236 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Apr 2022 at 10:50 PM (22 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-04-28 9:16:46 PM  
That's nice to see.  And, in addition to being saved from a scam, the old woman didn't have to get all dressed up like she was going to Walmart.
 
2022-04-28 10:57:04 PM  
She still owes them 15 cents.
 
2022-04-28 11:03:55 PM  
The stores around here have warning signs about gift card scams.

I knew someone who was at the point of picking up a gift card before she decided it had to be a scam.  She works as a bartender and is very good at picking up social cues from people. She was hit by the tax office needs gift cards scam which is odd since one of her better customers was a former director of the state office and I know she has his number on her phone and he would be more than happy to help.

The scammers don't need the card, they only need the receipt number and they use that to move money around.  The only reason these scams still work is the companies behind the cards still get paid.  More states need to make it a crime so they can fine the companies because that is the only way it will end.
 
2022-04-28 11:05:00 PM  
You'd think it would be standard procedure by now to question anyone buying thousands of dollars worth of gift cards to see if they're being scammed.
 
2022-04-28 11:06:17 PM  
For that lady, $500 may be the cumulation of somewhere between 10 to 100 hours of work. For the scammer, $500 probably represents six months wages.

I'd do a lot of stuff for six months of my wages, but I wouldn't scam anyone. Fark those assholes and their shiatty moral compasses.
 
2022-04-28 11:22:51 PM  

DON.MAC: The stores around here have warning signs about gift card scams.

I knew someone who was at the point of picking up a gift card before she decided it had to be a scam.  She works as a bartender and is very good at picking up social cues from people. She was hit by the tax office needs gift cards scam which is odd since one of her better customers was a former director of the state office and I know she has his number on her phone and he would be more than happy to help.

The scammers don't need the card, they only need the receipt number and they use that to move money around.  The only reason these scams still work is the companies behind the cards still get paid.  More states need to make it a crime so they can fine the companies because that is the only way it will end.


Scamming people out of money is a crime.
 
2022-04-28 11:45:34 PM  
the scam caller responded that, "They will die without the money, while their victim's sons and daughters will be just taking the money ... and doing drugs [with it]."

"We need it to build a house and to take care of our family."



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Now I'm feeling bad for the guy.
 
2022-04-28 11:50:23 PM  
Well, I don't know about "bilking", she knew everything was $1 when she went in the store.
 
2022-04-29 12:12:16 AM  
I foiled a scam while buying a beverage at Walgreens.  Waiting in line, I saw a guy searching through cards while holding his phone on speaker.
 
2022-04-29 12:27:38 AM  
I Annoy Scammers into a Rage!
Youtube _-niX1VWwfw


/scammer payback, kitboga, and scambaiter are also fun channels to watch with their own flavor of anti-scam antics.
 
2022-04-29 12:54:40 AM  

ko_kyi: I foiled a scam while buying a beverage at Walgreens.  Waiting in line, I saw a guy searching through cards while holding his phone on speaker.


Good on you for helping the guy out, but good god do I hate that everyone seems to use their speaker on their phones anymore.  Hold it up to your ear you lazy fark, no one else wants to hear both sides of your dumbass conversation.

It's almost as annoying as getting stuck in line behind someone buying scratch-off tickets at the gas station.
 
2022-04-29 1:34:42 AM  

tokinGLX: [YouTube video: I Annoy Scammers into a Rage!]

/scammer payback, kitboga, and scambaiter are also fun channels to watch with their own flavor of anti-scam antics.


I got on a kick off watching some of these during pandemic downtime. The industry behind these scams is remarkable, and makes it extra shiatty that they can't apply the same effort to legitimate work.
 
2022-04-29 4:43:18 AM  
"Police say the caller was likely overseas."

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This is why I get an extra-fuzzywarm feeling whenever this guy drives one of those sociopaths in their little sh*thole country up the wall with expert trolling.

The Angriest Scammer I've Called (30 mins of rage)
Youtube 7mceb_t8EIs
 
2022-04-29 5:10:17 AM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: This is why I get an extra-fuzzywarm feeling whenever this guy drives one of those sociopaths in their little sh*thole country up the wall with expert trolling.


I wonder what they are using for their "PC".  The one tokinGLX posted was some sort of VM thing but they appear to have real banking details when the the scammers have access to their PC.  It is also looks like they have a 2nd screen so they can look at other things the scammers are doing.
 
2022-04-29 6:26:07 AM  
Why do old people keep falling for this sort of scam? In the story, even the old person herself knew something was weird, yet she's actually in the act of getting the gift card for the gnikcuf criminal.
 
2022-04-29 6:30:15 AM  
Watch Pleasant Green on youtube. Guy messes with scammers and teaches how to avoid them. He uses the name Ben Dover when talking to them.
 
MFK
2022-04-29 8:09:21 AM  
I get maybe 10-15 of these calls a day now. 100% are from India. No way to stop them or get any sort of recourse so I have taken to just answering them and then saying the most vile things I can think of to the person on the other end. We are talking serial killer stuff cranked up to 11. I figure if I can't get them to stop, I might as well try and scar them for life.

I get so many that I am starting to recognize them individually and what's worse, they are starting to recognize me across both my numbers.
 
2022-04-29 8:28:09 AM  

GreenSun: Why do old people keep falling for this sort of scam? In the story, even the old person herself knew something was weird, yet she's actually in the act of getting the gift card for the gnikcuf criminal.


I think it is that as we age, we forget different things at different rates and the memory that we "know" something is often stronger than the memory of that thing.

When you look at who scams effect, there is a higher incident rate for people who should know better.  Detectives and bank manager are more likely to be scammed than a baker.  In the case of detectives, I think it is that they know they know all the scams and they know they know how to see the early signs.  The problem is they forgot the details so they are easy pickings.

One thing you see in scams is the poor wording and that is pre-filter so the scammers don't waste time on people who pay attention to details.

My friend who was standing in-front of the gift cards was in her late 30s.
 
2022-04-29 1:08:11 PM  
Good for the clerk, but what kind of dummy thinks you have to send a gift card for any purpose other than a relative's birthday?

Though I'm not surprised it's an old person. For some reason, old people think (were they taught this back in the 1950s or whatever?) they can't hang up on someone (it's rude!). And also that assuming someone is lying and trying to fark them over is unacceptable. Weirdly, a lot of them don't have a problem believing that when the person is a Democratic president. But when it's some random asshole on the phone, for some reason THAT GUY seems OK. Calls you up, unsolicited, and talks to you for hours to convince you to send them money. THAT doesn't seem suspicious, but the CDC telling people to get vaccinated to avoid hospitalization is a global conspiracy to murder you.

Scammers are garbage and anything terrible that happens to them is a net gain for humanity, but I'm beginning to feel like they serve a useful purpose in identifying the dumbest among us.

Unlike others, I'm getting slightly fewer scam calls lately. I used to get a couple a day (never answered, because I'm not an idiot). Now it's down to 1 a day. Some days none at all. Thanks, Elizabeth Warren! LOL
 
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