Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Scummy Scammers

Here is the latest scam email I am getting. I got two yesterday.

Hi Debbie.I m working in the same office building as you do, just on the third floor.Our mutual acquaintance John gave me your e-mail and has said that perhaps you will be able to help me. Recently I ve incomprehensible problems with my computer. My operation system (I have Windows 98 Second Edition) give me mistakes, freez and show "blue screen". I rang in technical support and even caused the specialist.Some boor came and laughed at my (little) old Windows 98, but did nothing. Well and well, I coplained to his manager about his tone and visit turned out absolutely free for me I have only understood that I need to change the operation system on something new. John, which gave me your e-mail, said that you knew good software on-line shop with attrective prices and great discounts. I searched in the internet and the most great discounts were on XXXXXX. Have you bought something in this shop? Enjoied? I saw it had many awards!Waiting the answer. Thanks beforehand, Anne

Not only do I succumb to the bait and click on the link I also call Anne and give her lessons in Composition 101, Spelling and Grammar and then lecturered her quite effectively, might I add, in How NOT To Be A Dumbass!

Who falls for this stuff? First of all, I live in a two story house. Right away I knew that Anne couldn't really be on the third floor....unless she is up working in my attic.

Another scam that I am going to warn my children who answer the phone is this one. A call comes in (the id may say pay phone) and it is from someone in jail. They will be frantic and claim they were just involved in an accident and one of their family members is in the hospital. They can only make one phone call so can you call their mother/sister/wife? They give you a number that starts with *72. Don't do it. This is a call forwarding system and after you do it you will notice your phone ringing once every now and then. They are using your phone line and charging pay phone calls at $3 each to your phone. They really are inmates but these are hardcore, don't bend over for the soap kind of inmates.

Well, with all that said, only 4 more days until Christmas! Keep up that Christmas Spirit just don't let your ass get scammed!


  • >>First of all, I live in a two story house. Right away I knew that Anne couldn't really be on the third floor....unless she is up working in my attic<<

    I just had coffee come out my nose. My NOSE Debbie. Holy shit that's funny. Think the grammar errors are supposed to make it more believable?

    By Blogger Tink, at 12/21/2005 8:57 AM  

  • You just added fuel to my slowly-building theory that phones are more of a liability than a convenience and I should throw mine out the window and become some kind of weird postmodern hermit with my own website and no phone.

    By Blogger Arabella, at 12/21/2005 9:37 AM  

  • No kidding, that's some funny stuff about the third floor.
    It's too bad so many people fall for these scams though. We don't even answer our home phone anymore. Anyone who knows us calls us on our cell. This solves a lot of the scam/telemarketer problems.

    By Anonymous TB, at 12/21/2005 9:45 AM  

  • You show your age if you even have a "land line" phone these days. People under the age of 30 will probably never buy one and only use their cell.

    The inmate scam could probably be done with a cell phone too though.

    I'm thinking that I could make a ton of money scamming someone. First of all, I would make it more believable and second I would spell correctly.

    By Blogger DebbieDoesLife, at 12/21/2005 9:55 AM  

  • Perhaps Anne was on the roof waiting for Santa.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 12/21/2005 10:27 AM  

  • What is the website? I could use some cheap software.

    By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 12/21/2005 12:00 PM  

  • That was a joke, really, really.

    Oh, and I could save the prison guy some headache, at this point, I would be willing to give him phone sex...

    By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 12/21/2005 12:02 PM  

  • Oh, and I meant to tell never need to worry about using the f-bomb around my mom! She comments on my blog all the time and BELIEVE's one of my favorite expletives.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 12/21/2005 4:00 PM  

  • Maybe I help for some if you need. I know several website who can have very attractive prices.

    Who is writing these?? Yoda??

    [BTW, I'm here via Brooke. If Brooke thinks you're funny, I think you're funny. ;-p ]

    By Blogger #1 Dancer, at 12/23/2005 12:02 PM  

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