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Old 02-11-2015, 10:58 AM   #21
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If you're not a troll I hope your company does not allow you to write any more checks for them.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #22
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If nobody can fall for it, how come the scammers are still making tons of money?
Because common sense is uncommon?
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Some people aren't stupid, just naive. I bought a garden tractor from a guy last year. When I decided to buy it, I told the seller I would email him the deposit. He gave me all his banking information . I gave him chit and told him to never do that again.

I bought a vehicle from out of province last year. I tried to wire the deposit through Western Union (which is completely legitimate) but Western Union blocked the transaction. They had enough information to figure out that I was buying a car from an on-line seller. They said there were too many scams and they were trying to protect me. Kind of a PITA but it tells you how much fraud takes place. The seller was legitimate and nice enough to hold the vehicle until I picked it up and paid him cash. He was an EC so I knew I could trust him .
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ACE CASH SERVICES has been sending me emails for the past few years stating that I owe money and am gonna be in trouble.
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Wow. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.
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For all members in Ontario, I had a call on my home phone last Friday, and I normally don't answer any calls if I don't recognize the number but the number that showed up on the display was a local number. I live in a fairly small town and we only have a few exchanges.

I answer the call and get the typical "Congratulations, on your last Air Canada flight you were chosen for a $999 credit towards your next flight" yada yada yada.

"Please press 1 to accept this offer"

Usually I press the number just to yell at them to remove my number from their list, but it went to a busy signal and hung up.

Now I'm mad.......... So I check last incoming number and dial it. This is where it gets worrisome. A young girl answers the phone...... I mentioned that I had a call from this number a few minutes ago, she said no. I apologized and hung up.

Now I am a bit concerned how a scammer was able to use local numbers to call people. I called Bell Canada and explained what happened and made it quite clear that this was unacceptable and he agreed. I then decided to call the number back and talked to her parents just to explain why I called, and what I found out.

To make a long story as short as possible, according to OPP anti fraud department, this is something new that is becoming more common.

Something to watch for, just hope they aren't able to bill long distance charges to the numbers.
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There was an app called prank dial, that would allow users to enter the sending phone # , to any receipiant phone #.
Then the user selected pre made recordings of prank calls scripted to sound real and paced to leave time for the person to interact.
The app also had a record feature, which I'm sure was illegal.
Possibly someone screwing with you?
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Old 02-11-2015, 05:52 PM   #28
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I had a partner a long time ago who actually fell for the Nigerian scam, I couldn't believe he had never heard of it before. He lost $50K, he even DROVE up to Canada to make the deposit in person (from Seattle, not that big of a deal, still way out of his way). Pissed me off so much I could hardly talk to him after I found out. He was a really intelligent guy, had Masters Degrees in EE and ME, had a PE license, etc. etc., was a pilot in the Viet Nam war, shot down and imprisoned, tortured etc. and survived it all. But not a lick of common sense when it came to money and greed apparently.

Similar thing happened to my Dad back in the 60s too. We owed 2 empty lots near Lake Tahoe and we were going to build a cabin. But all the contreactors up there were slammed with work and expensive. My Dad wanted to build it ourselves with me and my older brother, but we didn't have all the necessary skills. So he found out about a GC up there who would pull the permits, do the foundations and stick frame, maybe the roof, and "hire us back" to do the plumbing, electrical and finish work, whatever we wanted to take on. Done deal, deposits made, etc. etc. 6 months with no word from him on progress of the foundation prompted a phone call to the Sheriff, who informed Dad that the guy had collected almost a million from people in the same situation and skipped the country. He was actually a legitimate GC at one time, he just saw the opportunity to take advantage of people who wanted to cut their costs to have a vacation cabin and fleeced them all as his retirement package.

What all these scams have in common is that they play on people's greed in one form or another. In this case it was much more subtle; you wanted the job / work, so you were willing to suspend your initial reservations and scam alert to try to have the guy beholden to you and secure the contract. Chalk it up as a $5k lesson learned, and DON'T ignore that tingle of suspicion next time.
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For all members in Ontario, I had a call on my home phone last Friday, and I normally don't answer any calls if I don't recognize the number but the number that showed up on the display was a local number. I live in a fairly small town and we only have a few exchanges.

I answer the call and get the typical "Congratulations, on your last Air Canada flight you were chosen for a $999 credit towards your next flight" yada yada yada.

"Please press 1 to accept this offer"

Usually I press the number just to yell at them to remove my number from their list, but it went to a busy signal and hung up.

Now I'm mad.......... So I check last incoming number and dial it. This is where it gets worrisome. A young girl answers the phone...... I mentioned that I had a call from this number a few minutes ago, she said no. I apologized and hung up.

Now I am a bit concerned how a scammer was able to use local numbers to call people. I called Bell Canada and explained what happened and made it quite clear that this was unacceptable and he agreed. I then decided to call the number back and talked to her parents just to explain why I called, and what I found out.

To make a long story as short as possible, according to OPP anti fraud department, this is something new that is becoming more common.

Something to watch for, just hope they aren't able to bill long distance charges to the numbers.
I have a similar thing happen to me several times per week, although it's from "Card Services", or "Account Services". They always spoof their number. I've called the numbers back, and usually I get a message about that number being out of service. However, I got one that was the same as my cell number, except for the very last digit. I called back and a lady answered. I told her I got a call from her number wanting to lower the interest rates on my credit card. She had no idea what was going on, or that her number was being used in a scam.
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For all members in Ontario, I had a call on my home phone last Friday, and I normally don't answer any calls if I don't recognize the number but the number that showed up on the display was a local number. I live in a fairly small town and we only have a few exchanges.

I answer the call and get the typical "Congratulations, on your last Air Canada flight you were chosen for a $999 credit towards your next flight" yada yada yada.

"Please press 1 to accept this offer"

Usually I press the number just to yell at them to remove my number from their list, but it went to a busy signal and hung up.

Now I'm mad.......... So I check last incoming number and dial it. This is where it gets worrisome. A young girl answers the phone...... I mentioned that I had a call from this number a few minutes ago, she said no. I apologized and hung up.

Now I am a bit concerned how a scammer was able to use local numbers to call people. I called Bell Canada and explained what happened and made it quite clear that this was unacceptable and he agreed. I then decided to call the number back and talked to her parents just to explain why I called, and what I found out.

To make a long story as short as possible, according to OPP anti fraud department, this is something new that is becoming more common.

Something to watch for, just hope they aren't able to bill long distance charges to the numbers.
When you pick up your phone and call someone, their caller ID will display your number and the name the account is listed under, unless you're using some kind of caller ID blocking feature. But the way these systems work, scammers, telemarketers, collection agencies can disguise their caller ID name and number in any way they want.

You got called by a local exchange because whoever was spoofing it knows they get more people to pick up the phone when the exchange is their own, or a local recognizable one like your's was.

I once got a call that appeared to be from a person with my own last name.

I get at least 2 annual calls from a chimney cleaning service, they refuse to honor the do-not-call list so I always pickup and arrange for an estimate for a nonexistent address on my street.
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.... But the way these systems work, scammers, telemarketers, collection agencies can disguise their caller ID name and number in any way they want.........

Anyone can spoof a Caller ID number.
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I believe the OP as much as anyone would believe this kind of scam.

Weak trolling attempt.
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