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Old 11-01-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: mn
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Has anyone out their ever been scammed by getting products from Infomercials? I have heard about and read about all kinds of people falling prey to these scammers. What do ya think?
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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My biz fell victim to a different scam...

A long distance company called my company to solicit our biz. They were extremely aggressive and just would not take 'no' for an answer. Finally, they asked her a question to which she responded, "Yes, but we're not interested."

The next month, I get our long distance phone bill and find we're being charged 50 cents a MINUTE by some long distance operator I'd never heard of. As it turned out, because my receptionist had used the word "Yes" at some point in the conversation, even though it was obvious that she was not saying, "Yes, we want your long-distance service," they rang that up as a sale.

I got my attorneys involved and eventually things were made right.

That being said, if you get a telephone solicitor, never say the word "Yes" in the conversation for any reason. For the really sleazy operators will fleece you. A classic case of give an inch and they'll take a mile.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've bought a few things at the Dollar General store for a couple of bucks, and nothing works.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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The entire population is being scammed by a guy who had 30 minute infomercial the other night!
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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I have several wealthy Nigerian relatives who left me with their fortunes.
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: T or C New Mexico
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You ought to take the junk back and get your $$$ back.
Dollar stores in general (no pun intended) sell cheap junk, and the main reason we buy it is because it's cheap. it's not just limited to dollar stores either.
took my van to have tires put on it, and told the propreitor I wanted tires made in the USA. he said the tires were made in findley, ohio. after a couple of weeks, I got down to see what the load range was for the tires and discovered the "made in china" label. took the van back to him and argued the point, and, got my wish, American made tires. they costed about $20 more per tire, but, I didn't care, safety is my objective when I drive. so, you see, I think the store owner knew what he was doing, putting on the cheapies, but probably counted on me not calling him on it. we have to learn how to watch out for scammers, these days it seems everybody is after your wallet, or tries to pull the wool over your eyes.
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I've bought a few things at the Dollar General store for a couple of bucks, and nothing works.
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:49 PM
 
Location: T or C New Mexico
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Phone scammers: every week, I receive about 3 calls of people trying to sell me this or that. to be brief, the best thing a person can do when receiving calls such as these is say "NO-not interested" and, hang up on them. my wife did the same thing, she said yes or ok, and when I received the phone bill, I nearly had a fit. I had to tell my wife that no matter who calls when I'm on the road, to tell them no thanks, and hang up. always say "no".
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My biz fell victim to a different scam...

A long distance company called my company to solicit our biz. They were extremely aggressive and just would not take 'no' for an answer. Finally, they asked her a question to which she responded, "Yes, but we're not interested."

The next month, I get our long distance phone bill and find we're being charged 50 cents a MINUTE by some long distance operator I'd never heard of. As it turned out, because my receptionist had used the word "Yes" at some point in the conversation, even though it was obvious that she was not saying, "Yes, we want your long-distance service," they rang that up as a sale.

I got my attorneys involved and eventually things were made right.

That being said, if you get a telephone solicitor, never say the word "Yes" in the conversation for any reason. For the really sleazy operators will fleece you. A classic case of give an inch and they'll take a mile.
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: mn
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I took my car in to have the oil changed and to find outI was charged and nothing was changed. None of my fluid levels. This was supposedly a reputable place. Spose they figured they could take adantage of me till I sprouted my horns.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I took my car in to have the oil changed and to find outI was charged and nothing was changed. None of my fluid levels. This was supposedly a reputable place. Spose they figured they could take adantage of me till I sprouted my horns.
That's awful.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: T or C New Mexico
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Mostly, the people being scammed are the ones at a disadvantage of knowledge. I've seen mechanics take advantage of people who know nothing about their car, and are subsequently overcharged for parts or services, because the person working on the car will lie about what is needed for a repair. Other scammers can be home repair and home improvements. I have known of private contractors that would start a job, and not return to complete it for weeks, months, and sometimes never come back to finish it. people should be aware that reputable persons, contractors, will never ask for money up front before the task is begun. if a repair person asks for money up front before any work is started, consider this approach highly suspicious. never ever pay someone upfront costs.
there is a web site that will give consumers information about scams and ripoffs, and it's called ripoffreport.com. for local home repairs, people should contact their local government office of building inspections department for information about local contractors. protect yourselves from being preyed upon.
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