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Sun Jan 23, 2022, 02:11 PM

Since I have come back, I've gotten and seen a lot of scams that we're around before

1: Crypto-scam: Let me show you how to invest in crypto. I get this alot on Kik. Someone wants to talk and then mentions investing in crypto. They show you simple photos of their "investment" and ask you to setup something to they can walk you through it. When you say no, they become extremely insistent.

2: Venmo/Cashapp scam: I get this one alot on Snap and Instagram. Someone wants to talk and since I lived out in the hinterlands of Arizona and am almost completely isolated, I accept. Then the person wants to meet up and asks you to send them "gas money." Since apparently no one has a job in Arizona, they need an exorbitant amount of money, usually five times the amount gas costs.

3: Gift Card scam: Same as Venmo/Snap, only they want a gift card.

4: Speeding ticket scam: I got this alot overseas. Apparently, a few days earlier, I received a speeding ticket, usually in Cocksackie, NY. I am normally doing 81 in a 45 and there is now a warrant for my arrest for failure to appear and failure to pay.

I'm curious what others you have gotten, other than the standard "telemarketer" and African Prince/Oil Baron relative. Those two aren't even original anymore.

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Reply Since I have come back, I've gotten and seen a lot of scams that we're around before (Original post)
AZLD4Candidate Jan 2022 OP
chia Jan 2022 #1
mopinko Jan 2022 #2
Archae Jan 2022 #3
zipplewrath Jan 2022 #4
vanlassie Jan 2022 #7
ShazzieB Jan 2022 #10
BlackSkimmer Jan 2022 #5
abqtommy Jan 2022 #6
Runningdawg Jan 2022 #8
Skittles Jan 2022 #9

Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 02:22 PM

1. Not on Kik, never even heard of it. Don't have Venmo/Cashapp, not on Snap or Instagram

So I guess that lowers my exposure to scams by quite a lot.

The only scam attempts I get are by phone or email. I block and delete, and don't get them very often anymore.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 02:23 PM

2. i get occasional 'unauthorized activity' text messages from 'banks'.

usually ones i have no account at, and from mine, who never sends texts.
i never click the link. even if inclined, i dont use my phone like that.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 03:04 PM

3. In addition to the others listed...

I keep getting the $50/$100 gift card scam, all I need to do is fill out a phishing "survey."

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 03:37 PM

4. A few

1: Amazon wants me to clear up an order or confirm a purchase, all I have to do is "click here" to handle it

2: A text message from an unknown source suggesting that they have the answer to my inquiry and to just click on the link to get the answer

3: Microsoft/Apple has detected a virus on my computer and if I click on the link, they will clear it up immediately.

As an aside, I'm getting more of this crap on my cell phone more and more.

I've also had a rash of phone calls with someone purporting to know me somehow. Once a young girl was crying when I picked up the phone and started with "grandpa". Interesting since I have no children, much less grandchildren.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 05:00 PM

7. Watch out for the Grandma/Grandpa scheme.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 24, 2022, 07:31 AM

10. Agreed, about the proliferation of text spam on my cellphone.

I get a lot of texts saying that they're trying to deliver a package to me, with a link to click that always looks like the alphabet threw up on it. I figure the link goes to a site that wants to install malware on my device, so I never click.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 03:39 PM

5. "Someone wants to talk" lol.

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Maybe try FaceTime?

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 04:52 PM

6. Oddly enough, I use e-mail and pay bills online and very seldom get any e-mail spam.

My live-in son (with the very poor vision) doesn't use e-mail and doesn't do any online
finances and every day I'm cleaning spam outta his 'puter. We just have to deal with
what comes our way.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 05:48 PM

8. I've never had children, there are none in the entire family.

Got a ransom call from my "14 year old neice". My husband got a video of a beheading and a text from a pimp telling him if he didn't pay the 500$ he owed that is what was going to happen to him. Both were forwarded to the Tulsa PD.
Amazon locked my account for a dispute over an upaid $300 bill. Click here to resolve this dispute now and save your businesses from ruin.....I don't shop on Amazon. I don't have an account.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Original post)

Mon Jan 24, 2022, 06:15 AM

9. old school scams on landline

I keep a landline because I often use it for hours-long work conference calls "in the background" - sometimes I get left messages (I never actually answer the phone) threatening legal action and I need to call this number before I am "served".....it surprises me that anyone falls for such nonsense. If you know you have done nothing wrong, your first thought should be.....scam. ANY call where my initial reaction is WTF was that I file under SCAM.

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