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I shopped on a app  called Wish shopping made fun. Their are very misleading. You never get where think you are ordering. And they don't stand behind their products and you won't get your money back. When I reported it to the BBB. They said they were out of business so they thought anyway. But just told them, that me and my daughter just got ripped off by them. 

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I play worxzy with friends and started talking to a gentleman on there. He was very charming and wanted ust o start talking. I didn't feel comfortable giving my phone #. He suggested we talk on hangout. He described growing up in an orphanage, his wife died from cancer and his son was sick with an incurable disease. I was immediately suspicious, but I continued to talk to him. He said he was working on an oil rig and wasn't able to talk to me per phone. Remember, he had already ask for my phone #. Eventually he wanted me to send a $100 iTunes card so that he could call me. Be Careful who you talk to on social media. He still trys to send me messages.

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Last week, posted a craigslist ad to sell a new-in-box pedestal sink that was wrong size for our small space. I listed my cell phone number; as my email doesn't link to cell phone (old type cell phone) and I wanted faster responses to ad. Got a text from an interested party who wanted my full name and address so he could 'mail a check or money order'. Why would you mail a check for an item you must pick up in person? Not to mention, I'd never take a check (even money orders are forged). Another red flag is that he offered me much than I was asking 'in order to hold it for him"- which also was silly since that put item in price range where he could just buy it at a home store, no bargain for him. I texted back cash only, pay when you come look at/pick up item. Now, here's where the scam got interesting: he wanted to call to 'talk about it' and texted that since something wrong with his cell, he'd use Googlevoice to make call (essentially using his computer to make a phone call); but that I'd have to press 00 to "accept" his call. He then immediately called. That just didn't sound right to me, so I didn't answer (my computer was at that moment doing a slow 'installing updates'; so I could not check on-line about reports of similar scam). He then texted again and told me he'd call again and I should enter the 00 after I answered. I texted back that if he were local, which I had to assume for an item like this, he could text to set appointment and pay in cash when he came; I could email him photos but that was the arrangement. When I did go online to research, I learned this is a known scam where the scammer takes control of YOUR telephone number and can make calls on your number through googlevoice. Your entering 00 tells googlevoice to set up an account on your number (as if you had initated the request- it calls your number and you verify the request by entering 00.) He would have been able to use MY phone number to call & scam other people, to make out of state toll calls; and possibly even to make international or pay-per calls (such as phone sex 1-900 numbers- my particular carrier plan would not cover internat'l or 1-900 but would allow out of state calls). Don't fall for the google voice "enter 00 to "accept my call" scam! It is tedious to go through the process to uninstall googlevoice and get your number secured again! (YouTube vidoes and other info on-line tell yu how to do that if needed)

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so sorry - my best friend fell for it too. glad you know now, and don't be ashamed, I'm just glad they didn't get you in deeper. They have my mom for 40,000$ of her retirement and are trying to get to $77000 more. She still doesn't think it's a scam. We're stepping up to help. She isn't going to like it.
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I hate to admit this to anybody.  I made my hubby promise that he wouldn't even tell our grown Children!!!  I am not a dumb person but these scammers got me not once but twice.  Smiley Sad  Smiley Sad  It all started when I got this warning page that my computer had been hacked.  It had MICROSOFT stating that DON'T shut down my computer and call this phone number immediately.  Which I did.  I called the number and a man answered my call.  He got into my computer and showed me where it supposable had been hacked!!  Of course, if I wanted my computer fixed I would have to pay 249.00 for cleaning it all up and they would keep an eye on it to make sure no one hacked it!!  So I used my debit card and paid the amount.  It took them or they pretended that they worked on my computer like 6 hours. Everything was hunky dory!!  Ok, then I was told that I was scammed.by my hubby but I denied to the end.  Then came the WORSE SCAM at all.  Again they tried a different way, and yes I fell for it again.  But, luckily I couldn't  get into my account at the bank.  I think someone was looking out for me.  If I would have listened to that voice of reasoning everything would be great!!  But...I fell for it again!!!  They ask me to go to Walmart and get ITUNE cards in the amount of 300.00 I DID what I was told all the time my hubby telling me it was a scam!! Nope, it couldn't be again.  I did finally GET IT!!!  After costing myself a ton of money that we could not afford.  But...if one person is saved then I will be alright.  By the way, if MICROSOFT is really hacked they will not put anything on your computer, they will shut it down.  Then you will call them to find out why it isn't working. Also, I still get calls every once and awhile but not many since I learned how to block a number and got my phone number added to a DON'T CALL number.  I would like to wish I had learned my lesson the first time but...I can say I HAVE DEFINITELY learned it now!!  Be on guard at all times.  It just might save you from being so ashamed about being not tricked one time but to get tricked the second time!!  

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@barbarav8009 wrote:

I just feel I want to share this.l recently fell for a scam for face creams to make me look younger of course.  This one used Joanna Gaines saying she was leaving her successful show on HGTV to sell this face cream full time. Other tv people have been used in similar ads.  The fine print says they will send you more face cream every 15 days at a very expensive price until you cancel... but the first supply is free of course!!!.I'm not sure the cream is very good?  maybe it is but it is also very costly compared to what I was using.  When I called to cancel and asked if I could send back the unopened shipment as I didn't want it they told me I couldn't do that.  Any suggestions?? and how to get a refund ??


The link below will allow you to down load a sample complaint letter from the federal trade commission.  Use the letter template and ask for a refund. There are no guarantees but it doesn’t cost anything to try.

 

If the company made deceptive claims about the product it’s possible the FTC would consider that an actionable cause and could pursue a lawsuit against the company.

 

You’ll just have to visit the web site and decide if you have a reasonable complaint against the company.

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0008-getting-your-money-back

 

You might also contact the consumer protection division of the Attorney Generals office of your state to see if there might be other complaints about the business practices of this company.

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"... When I called to cancel and asked if I could send back the unopened shipment as I didn't want it they told me I couldn't do that.  Any suggestions?? and how to get a refund ??...".

 

 

Can't you dispute this with your credit card company? It's a publicized scam. But the other part of this is not simply falling for a scam. You purchased something that was expensive without doing any research. You can go online, or  possibly read in Consumer Reports at a library, articles about how face creams work, what might be best for you, compare prices.

   It sounds like your issue is not doing due diligence. You'll continue 'falling' for this kind of thing unless you educate yourself. DW and I do not purchase anything without trying to find out something about the product first.


"...Why is everyone a victim? Take personal responsibility for your life..."
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I just feel I want to share this.l recently fell for a scam for face creams to make me look younger of course.  This one used Joanna Gaines saying she was leaving her successful show on HGTV to sell this face cream full time. Other tv people have been used in similar ads.  The fine print says they will send you more face cream every 15 days at a very expensive price until you cancel... but the first supply is free of course!!!.I'm not sure the cream is very good?  maybe it is but it is also very costly compared to what I was using.  When I called to cancel and asked if I could send back the unopened shipment as I didn't want it they told me I couldn't do that.  Any suggestions?? and how to get a refund ??

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I just recieved a phone call from PCH, almost word for word as this one. They said they were from Jamaica NY.  They said they would be at my house within the hour to get my share of the taxes.  I told them to get a real job, and the cops will be waiting for them when they get here.

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Yes those are scams and I am not sure if that is what people attempt to do when they reply to the listing on Craigslist and say you need to contact someone else that wants to buy the advertised item at a certain email address but I believe those are never or rarely ever a real buyer so my advice is to ignore any of those responses. That is what I have done and not sure what the intentions of those people are but it is one part of what is driving many people to not use Craigslist anymore, especially since Facebook has sale groups and the marketplace feature. That is what we tend to use for buying or selling anymore without issues so far, however, if you use that it's a good idea to check how long someone either selling or buying has had the profile because fake profiles usually aren't going to be very old or if you can see it (depending on privacy settings) have much for posts, friends, etc.  

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