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Old 10-26-2018, 02:42 PM
 
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Words of wisdom for any age group.

Be careful my friends
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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They just tried to scam my in-laws yesterday. Someone called saying they were from their reverse mortgage company telling them they were going to foreclose on them if they didn’t pay 200k within 24 hours. They got all upset and we had to run over there to get it straightened out. My wife called their mortgage company and verified it wasn’t them. After she got off the phone her parents told us that they had given the callers their loan number. I told them they need to call the mortgage company back and let them know that, so they could possibly change the account number.

I called them this afternoon, and of course they hadn’t called the mortgage company yet. I hope I don’t get that stupid when I get to be their age(80s).
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I hope I donít get that stupid when I get to be their age(80s).
Is it stupidity?
Is it dementia?
Are people who were born in the 1930s just too trusting?

Correlates of Susceptibility to Scams in Older Adults Without Dementia
"Susceptibility was positively associated with age and negatively associated with income, cognition, psychological well being, social support, and literacy. Fully adjusted models indicated that older age and lower levels of cognitive function, decreased psychological well-being, and lower literacy in particular may be markers of susceptibility to financial victimization in old age."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3916958/
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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ooh ooh ooh. I got the "kid in trouble" call. what's really sad about these things is that, they usually fall apart after a few questions.

Guy called my mother in law and I picked up, tried saying my middle kid was in trouble in Canada. supposedly him and friends had a hotel bill they could not pay.

I said, "wow that's interesting, he has an American express card so he shouldn't have any trouble paying his bill"

fake hotel staff: "I think they said the card was declined".
Me "really because the card is on my account, he's an authorized user so there is no way the card should have been declined".
fake hotel staff: "oh can you give me the card information".
Me: "what you think I'm stuck on stupid? how about you give my the hotel name and I'll call amex myself"
Fake hotel staff: click.....
me: "hello, hello" yeah that's what I thought.


thanks for the information. I told my mother in law that if anyone ever calls her about any of her grandkids, she is to immediately hang up and call me or her daughter. Don't answer any questions just hang up and call us.

people are sick.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:49 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I had a phone call today from a company called "Microsoft BlahBlahNotUnderstandable" who said my new computer was paid for but the company was going out of business and had to refund my money. Just call this number...

Yeah right. A company going out of business giving refunds for items already delivered.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:59 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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That one in the article about gift cards caught me by surprise. They say to only buy cards that are packaged, so scammers can't copy the number or scratch-off code before you buy it.
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Old 10-26-2018, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I have a voice mail today "You have four serious felonies against your record, the IRS military swat team is on the way to arrest you in a military prison van. You must call ……… in 5 minutes or face a serious law enforcement in home with guns.


I'm making waffles. Might put a pot of coffee on for the guys too.


There's also the one about failing to answer a jury duty summons.


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Old 10-26-2018, 04:51 PM
 
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I got a the "grandchild in trouble" call not long ago.


Scammer: "Hello Grandma. This is your favorite grandson. I need help."


Me: "Really? Kevin? You sound so different."


S: "I have a cold."


M: "I never heard of a cold causing a native speaker of English to acquire a South Asian accent."


Click.
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Old 10-26-2018, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Being of the female persuasion, I respectfully point out the same could be said about some men.

I feel deprived. The only ones I've gotten are the ones offering to pay off my student loans. My telling them they're about 35 yrs too late pretty much ends the conversation.

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Old 10-26-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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Well most of those would be embarrassing and cost you some money but Ruin your Retirement? Not really.
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