Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Scammy scammers and the scams they try to pull
I've caught about 3 or 4 scam artists (artists? and I use that term loosely) the past two weeks trying desperately to part me with what few bucks I have. I give a few details of their skullduggery.
First one is a robo call telling me that they are my credit card company ( never identifying which card or where I have it) telling me I can reduce my interest rate. Again never giving an exact interest rate or actual savings. Upon further investigation this outfit or person is somewhere overseas in either Ukraine or Rumania and will gladly sign me up for their program which is nothing more than a new card. They'll give you the fine mouse print and details upon signing up but only after you send them several hundred dollars for the privilege. And it turns out the bank issuing this gold plated card is not even in the U.S. Yeah right pal I'll fall for that just like there's this bridge someone will sell me real cheap.
Scam number two came in the form of an email. An invoice was being sent for a product from Intuit.com that I of course never ordered. Instructions were to print out the invoice and take it to the nearest UPS store for pick up. A virus scan quickly picked up the shenanigans there.
Scam three came awhile back when I got an email from a niece informing me that she was in trouble an needed several hundred dollars right away by wire. Later come to find out someone had hijacked her email account and was trying to extort money. Sorry guy from Russia I'm not that stupid.
The latest scam I'm hearing from the interwebs is a robo call informing the sucker that they have missed jury duty and must now pay a fine or face arrest. They'll be more than happy to settle the matter over the phone with a credit card. First sign to the scam would be the robo call. In Washington state or at least my county you receive a notice in the mail and must call them for verification. Most times they have enough people to make up a jury and don't need your warm body in attendance. Also they don't bother to come after you should you not show up. It may say something to that effect on the notice but in this economy they know people can't always make it. A call to them might include the fact that you'll be having extensive dental work and you'll be under heavy sedation with a follow up of pain killers. Or just tell them you'll be late for your monthly KKK meeting and I'm sure you'll be erased from their data base.
But the greatest scam (con game) of all goes on complete with balloons at the Republican Convention. And they aren't even good at it anymore. Nothing worse than a cheesy con you can spot a mile away. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. Too complicated a concept for the last president. Well we were fooled one but not again. Can't go back to doing what got us in the mess in the first place and expect different results. If you buy this snake oil again then I feel sorry for you. I'll get my dog whistle and we can go for a walk. Just don't leave a mess on my front lawn.