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Old 03-26-12, 13:38
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Theres a scam out there involving a walmart $1,000 gift card. I did not respond but I understand they ask for your SSN and bank account if you do respond. Alert any elders you know to this scam. I have blocked all texts from .coms or emails from my phones so if you want to text you have to do it from a phone.
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The best advice you can give isn't about a single scam; it's about the warning signs of most any scam. If an e-mail or online offer contains any of the following, it's almost certain it's a scam:

* A statement you have won a gift, inheritance, lottery, money or other item of value.

* A request for personal information (even just your full name and complete street address is enough for some scammers to perform ID theft).

* Any offer requiring you to send payment to claim a prize or as a "good faith" measure.

* The scammer sending you money to deposit in your bank account. The check/money order is always a fake - when it bounces, you (not the scammer) are liable for the entire amount and may face criminal charges.

Bottom line: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
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The best advice you can give isn't about a single scam; it's about the warning signs of most any scam. If an e-mail or online offer contains any of the following, it's almost certain it's a scam:

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This scam comes in as a text message on mobile phones.
It seems that the elderly are falling victim to this.
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I get them on yahoo.com and gmail.com on my desktops.
Goes out with the rest of the trash.
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Old 03-26-12, 18:49
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Honestly, there is nothing different about this than all the rest. Nothing has changed other than the method of transmission. There have always been con men and thieves and there always will be. The vulnerable ones are also the same...the elderly and those that don't educate themselves on the technology that they use. Its sad, but really the only thing you can do is continue to tell those that may not know about the warning signs.

Basically, gman laid it all out.
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Old 03-26-12, 21:42
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somthing funny was earlier today i read the thread. my mom gave me scam letter from mail. then she said she got a txt. saying she could get 50.00 from walmart. to send info. i told her. we must not be good enough for higher amount
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>> The vulnerable ones are also the same...the elderly and those that don't educate themselves on the technology that they use. Its sad, but really the only thing you can do is continue to tell those that may not know about the warning signs. LauraR <<

So true... So true... <unfortunately>

Back in 2004 there was a very nice elderly couple living next door to me in my building and one time the wife got an e-mail which she said "looked official" from a company that offered a 50% reduction on their credit card rates. So she clicked on the link and proceeded to provide her name, address, phone number, social security number (and their three credit card numbers) onto the online-form on the e-mailers' website. Luckily, her son was visiting them at the time and stopped her just before she clicked the OK or 'send' button!

The moral of the story: Don't ever be tempted to open ANY messages from unknown senders - no matter how good a deal it looks like or how authentic the e-mail looks; the risk of getting ripped off is always very high from such solicitations. The very best internet credit card fraud protection begins by totally avoiding clicking on any unsolicited e-mails that are received in your inbox in the first place. Immediately delete messages you suspect to be spam. And it is especially a good idea to never - ever - respond to any emails that request you provide your credit card info via email and especially do not ever respond to emails that ask you to go to a website to verify personal - especially credit card - information (for those who may not know it; these are known as 'phishing' scams).

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There is a lot of these scams going around of facebook. I've seen at least 3 retailers get hit with *get a free $500 gift card from [retailer]* scam. Then people who aren't elderly and should know better are going on to these retailers pages, walmart for example, and asking them where is their gift card? I've seen companies then have to post that ANY "deal" would come strictly from them and not some third party and never give out personal info and these people STILL get mad because they aren't getting their gift card! Greed, I tell ya.. that's all it is.
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Yep, it's not so much age, as the 'greed factor'. Everyone, whether they admit it or not, likes the idea of scoring something for nothing, or very little effort. But the only ones scoring something for nothing are the con-people making the "generous" offers.
Fact of life - money and credit for same, are a very desirable commodities. Everybody wants some of yours. Not everyone is prepared to work for it, or provide something for it - they'd rather steal it. And there is ALWAYS a sting in the tail.
Always a matter of "user beware".
Another one going around is:- They ring you up, (always on a private No.). Claim to be from so-and-so bank, (they just pick the most common name for your area and hope that they get lucky and fool you). They ask if you're such-and-such person and ask you to "press 1". You go through this a few times, then they switch you to an 'operator' that starts asking you for bank account and personal I.D. No.'s and so on.
If you haven't tweaked already, a bank ringing you up to find out their own customer's account No.'s should be ringing alarm bells, anyway. Yeah, it's another scam, of course.
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I received one today and it has a new twist to itby opening with "Hello Dear"
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I presumed that all is well with you and your family. Please let this proposal not come to you as a surprise, because we haven't met before. I got your contact information from a web directory few weeks ago before I decided to contact you on this business opportunity.

My name is Christopher Philips;I'm an employee of Bank of China (UK) Limited London .I am an account officer to Mr. Rafik Hariri, Born in Lebanon in 1944, The late Rafik Hariri was a Lebanese self-made
billionaire and business tycoon, and was five times Prime Minister of Lebanon. You can view this site for confirmation.

http://www.rhariri.com/general.aspx?...tent=biography

I am also a member of an Ad hoc committee recently set up by the British Government to look into growing number of dormant accounts in UK banks due to deaths of customers, with a view to finding ways of locating relatives of the dead customers. The British Government is already working with some NGO'S through the unclaimed Assets Register, to confiscate and divert unclaimed depositor's funds to help the bad economy.

Read this article below:

http://www.unclaimedassets.co.uk/tra...tten_funds.htm

This particular case involves a customer in my bank Mr. Rafik Hariri,which i already told you about nd also the circumstances surrounding huge deposits made by this customer at the Private Banking arm of GE Capital Bank.This customer died in testate and nominated no successor in title over the huge deposits of (36, 759 000.00 million British Pounds)

I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this email private and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this email. I'm contacting you independently of our investigation and no one is informed of this communication between you and I. I would like to intimate you with facts that I believe would be of interest to you.I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. I assure you that I can have the deposit released to you within few days once you accept this proposal. Upon receipt of the deposit, I'm prepared to share the money with you 50/50.

I am aware of the consequences of this proposal. I ask that if you find no interest in this project that you should discard this mail. I ask that you do not be vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to you, delete this message and forget I ever contacted you. Do not destroy my career because you do not approve of my proposal. You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector. I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move.

Such opportunities only come ones in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by, for once; I have found myself in total control of my destiny. These chances won't pass me by. I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me let me know and let me move on with my life but do not destroy me. I am a family man and this is an opportunity to change my life for good. Moreover, my 12 yrs old daughter, my only child, is suffering from Leukemia and she needs an urgent bone marrow surgery in California as advised by my family doctor. But it will cost me around US$100,000.00 to take her for the surgery. And that is why Iím eager to utilize this opportunity since our family doctor has given my daughter just three months to live.

There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me. I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name that has planted you into the center of relevance in my life. Letís share the blessing.

If you give me positive signals, I will initiate this process towards a conclusion.

I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. This is the one truth I have learned from my private banking customers. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, we should plan a meeting, soon.

Anticipating your immediate response.[philip1christ@hotmail.com]


Christopher.
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somethhing sad here is. my friends grandpa gots many acer farm and land and many farm equpment and over 500k in bank. alk paid off. well gdpa got re married. that woman believes she going to get that million dollar from africa. she withdrawn all money

Sent that money over the last 5 years. gdpa had to get loans on all farm equipment and farm. and that moneys almost gone. gdpa change number and gdma calls africa telling them they got new number lol. she get many envelopes ea day.

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