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Registered: ‎05-15-2014

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Yes! Many many times. Thought it died out in last year or so but here they are again! I called

the IRS; they are interested in knowing the phone number one is instructed to call. (Don't. call ...but

look at the number and contact IRS..website shows how.)

 

Another scam has "grandmothers" in the nickname. The caller says that "your grandson" (I have 3) is about to go to jail and needs bond money... And right away or he'll be in jail. Wants money ... take it to a place where it can be wired.. and then call them to said it's done. 

 

Since I have a grandson living away now who I worry about some, I assumed it would be him (though never broke the law..)  and I followed the instructions... of wiring, caling another number (that would be the contact getting the wired money on other end..

 

It was definitely my day because the small branch of my bank required info about recipient AND the manager happened to be there and caught on to what was going on. Using the phone number I was

instructed to call, he could then pull up the photo of a chain drugstore in NORTH CAROLINA. with a whole investigation about this terrible scam.  That manager saved me a big loss (what's a grandmother to do?) and also called in whoever runs the watchdog website... I sent his boss a letter full of gratidude.

 

FINALLY... when I got home, I had a phone call asking how come I hadn't called in. As soon as I began to utter the words... "I know what you're up to"--he hung up the phone at record speed.

 

Donna McDaniel, Southborough,, Mass.

 

 

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Registered: ‎09-17-2011

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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            Thank you Sharkfan for sharing this painful tale of loss.  My painful loss recently was my husband who passed away last October -and I would give up all the money I had to have him back- but this is still a painful thing to go through and a tough  lesson to learn.  I appreciate it when people share what they have learned to help others.  It proves that there are people who care.  

                   Blessings to you.

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Registered: ‎12-24-2011

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Sorry AARP Community, I thought earlier message to pb40374959 would be a private message. Sincere apologies.

Imbunky
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Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Attitudes like 2PAPA who thinks he knows it all will get scammed big time by a first time scanner who just thought up the newest method 

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Registered: ‎07-13-2016

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I got a call this morning saying they were the IRS and a lawsuit was going to be filed against me. They gave me ID and badge numbers. Said I could resolve the problem if I gave them vouchers or that a police officer would be at my door within 45 minutes to take me to jail.  I knew it was a scam but played along with them. Said I could only come up with $000 and how could I get it to them, they had me stey on the phone told me to get in my car and gave me the address of the local Lowe's store, They told me to pull into the oarking lot and they would tell me how to get the "voucher" for them. When I asked what to do next, they told me to buy iTunes cards, at that point I told them what they could do and hung up in them.

My phone now will block all calls except for those in my contact list.

Why do these jerks have to rey on the elderly? I'm glad that I am not gullble but, have heard of some people have lost thousands of dollars.  Disgusting!

 

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Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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No, I was never scammed.  The scammers know better than to try to scam me!

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Registered: ‎12-24-2011

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Dear pb40374959, to be "scammed" by friends is horrible. To be coerced into marriage by a true psychopath is another. I was "targeted" too. The emotional devastation that predators leave in their wake is too crazy for words. Sadly, they move on with no regret or remorse. The are Master Manipulators. For 20 years I worked 4 jobs concurrently. My husband didn't work (total of 2-3 months in 20 years. It was a whirlwind courtship and a marriage from hell- even beaten on our honeymoon. 30 years later, I haven't recovered, but am still seeking help for the PTSD.
I'm so sorry that you and your son were targeted. The bright side is that there are many true friends/neighbors with honesty, understanding and emotions. They don't have to have suffered the same situation to understand. Dysfunction survivors will understand the pain, trauma, and help you sort out the questions ("why me?") with compassionate/empathetic answers. My advice is to make 1 generic question or comment and see if the friend replies, "Me too!" If not, then stop and change subjects. You will eventually meet that 1 you can open up to that will understand. Our low-income senior citizen complexes are filled with "Me too" people from varied pasts and details but flowing with emotions from being past targets of dysfunction. Remember too, there are always people that have experienced MUCH worse betrayal or dysfunction. Try to help them with your compassion and empathy.
Imbunky
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Registered: ‎02-17-2015

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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I was scammed in a very nasty way.  After my husband passed away a friend of his approached me to go out with him. Being very lonely, I did. I did not realize that he and all the people he introduced me to were alcoholics. He even got my son, who drinks, to get involved. It was surprising the ways they use to get money out of you.

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Registered: ‎01-29-2012

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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veOne of the first lessons I learned in my life was that if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.  That was when I was about 22 in my first job as a stock broker.  I was dupped, by my office manager, into investing $25K in a startup company.  The principals were friends of his, and he had invested much of his own money.  After watching the company go belly up, I learned to never trust "friends" whose judgement was highly questionable.  Since then, I've always run the other way when the opportunity seems too good to be true.  Now, I research investments thoroughly before investing any money.  I use only reputable, long-established companies to invest through.  I never buy anything that has a commission of any kind.  When someone is taking a commission, that tells me they're very likely to scam me. That's why I only use Vanguard Group.  They don't charge me any commissions, and their fees are extremely low.  In recent years, I've had numerous "Gypsies" ring my doorbell trying to sell me everything from driveway repaving to house painting to lawnmowing to car detailing to septic tank cleaning to tree work to snow plowing.  Whenever someone comes on my property uninvited and unsolicited, I always greet them with a gun in my hand.  They immediately get the message that they better get off my property while they're still able to.  There's never any discussion.  They just leave and never come back.  If I'm in a particularly bad mood, I carry a .45 automatic.  Otherwise, I carry a .38 special.  I've never had anyone complain to the police; they're the last people these guys want to get involved with.  I have a sign posted at the end of my driveway that clearly says "No Soliciting."  I've never had to use a gun, but it's loaded just in case.  I'm the original preacher of "Just Hang Up" when the caller ID number isn't familiar to me.  The latest phone scam I've been getting is the fake IRS threat that they're about to file a lawsuit against me.  Last week I got the same call 3 times in the one day.  How stupid can people be?  Anyone who gets caught by that scam has to mentally seriously impaired.  Come on people.... everyone is trying to scam you.  Learn how to hang up the phone.  Stop being polite.  When someone comes on your property, slam the door in their face.  Empower yourself by gettng a gun, and learn how to use it.  Learn how to protect yourself; no one is going to do it for you.  Always remember that the easiest people to scam are the greedy.  There's no free lunch.  If someone says you just won a free cruise, it's a scam.  If someone says you won the lottery, it's a scam.  Everything is a scam.  Don't believe anyone.

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Registered: ‎12-24-2011

Re: Have you been scammed or have you spotted a scam?

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Yes, I sought treatment for a spinal tumor and it's subsequent removal. I first received a letter instructing me to complete a blank form 2 weeks after seeing my Primary Care Physician. The form needed all information including name, DOB, address, Social Security number, Insurance coverages, etc. I had to describe if my Dr. visit was "accident or injury". The physician's name was in the letter. I have full insurance coverage. I called the Dr's office. 'No need to complete the form'. Next came a similar letter from my Pharmacy. I walked the form over. 'No need to complete the form'. Next, after surgery, I again receive the same form stating the hospital name. No need to complete the form.

   I was also contacted by the Direct Express-Comerica (Social Security) Bank and Citibank that my debit cards had been fraudulently used for $0.19 and $0.64 etc. in Luxenburg and Edinborough overseas. I never would have noticed until they hacked my accounts on payday, as my only income is Social Security. 

   Every 2-3 months I receive letters for free security tracking as Walmart, K-Mart, Home Depot, etc. debit machines have been hacked. I verified directly with 1 security corporation, they said yes, the security offer was valid. I completed the offer on-line. The next month I pulled my credit report and saw the security company name listed- but spelled incorrectly. I called the security company. They said I never completed or submitted the paperwork. My computer, email, passwords, programs, etc had to be  cleaned and reset. 

   More irritating is that my private cell phone is receiving 4-5 calls per day from all over the US. 

   WHEN WILL THIS INVASION END?

Imbunky