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Old 12.08.2019, 12:02
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Does the Markthalle have security cams? Maybe you could ask to see the footage. If she's scammed you, she's probably scammed others too.
A security camera might prove that she did buy cheese, but it's more difficult to use footage to prove that she didn't ... and that she wasn't even there.
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A security camera might prove that she did buy cheese, but it's more difficult to use footage to prove that she didn't ... and that she wasn't even there.
True. I was thinking that he might get a still shot of her to show to staff so they'd know her on sight and know how to handle her. Also to compare with other shop owners - have you seen this woman and has she tried to scam you? Along those lines.
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Re: Scam stories

I just won a big lotterie. Should I claim it or is it a scam.

Gewinnende Nummer: 705020235578
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Sie haben die Ostern PCH Lotterien vom 06 Februar 2019 gewonnen. Für Ansprüche, die sich an unser treuhänder auf Adresse
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Old 09.02.2020, 21:30
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I just won a big lotterie. Should I claim it or is it a scam.

Gewinnende Nummer: 705020235578
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Sie haben die Ostern PCH Lotterien vom 06 Februar 2019 gewonnen. Für Ansprüche, die sich an unser treuhänder auf Adresse
(publisherclearingh ( at )outlook.com)

vollständiger Name:.. Adresse:... Geschlecht:.. Besetzung:.. Vorhanden Land:.. Mobile No:...

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I'd wait for an email from Warren Buffett and his wife in which they want to donate you a load of money. Much more reliable.
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I'd wait for an email from Warren Buffett and his wife in which they want to donate you a load of money. Much more reliable.
Well hard to believe my luck. Another million!

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Well hard to believe my luck. Another million!
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Re: Scam stories

I get a call from a scammer that she is calling from IKEA and that I have won the daily raffle (Does IKEA even have it?)
She then went to tell me that I needed to give her my information. I told her that since she called me, she must have it all. She got a bit pissed and asked me whether I wanted the IKEA gift or not. I said "sure, but you must have all my details since you have called me from IKEA".
I think she lost it and told me that I needed to "F*** OFF" and cut the call. There went my IKEA gift
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This is very urgent. Don't delay

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Old 20.02.2020, 15:24
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Re: Scam stories

Just came across this old post - Guidepoint are a real company that I have come across through my work. They are what is known as an "expert network" firm, and they provide a link between investment companies (fund managers) and people who might know about a company/industry that the fund manager is looking to invest in. Note that this is entirely above board
- the fund managers are not looking for insider information and there are normally very good compliance controls around who is allowed to talk to who. The fund managers use these calls either to get background on the industry/company, or to talk to suppliers/customers etc to try and understand how a specific company is likely to perform in future. The fund managers are normally paying a good amount of money for these calls, so even after Guidepoint's share I would assume you would get a decent payment.

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I get quite a lot of messages on linkedin from a few "consulting firms" that want me to speak about my experience with an old employer in return for payment. i've never really figured it out, but since they seem really keen to move forward, and i have been contacted me many times, I don't trust it at all.

Here is a sample message (with company name removed) .... anyone have any idea what their angle is?

Hi KRLOCK3
I hope this email finds you well. My name is David ***** and I work for a primary research firm called Guidepoint that is based in New York City and sources expert advisors for the investment community. Currently, I have a client, an institutional investor, who is looking to speak with contacts who have experience with XXXXXX.

I came across your profile and wanted to reach out to see if you may be interested in joining our advisor network. Given your expertise, I feel that you would be a great fit for this consultation. Phone consultations are our most popular service and typically last 1 hour, for which we would compensate you for your time at an hourly rate of your choosing. As a matter of policy, you would never be asked to discuss any private or confidential information, nor anything relating to your current company. I will provide a few pre-screening questions beforehand, so you can better gauge the topic of conversation.

This project is time sensitive, as my client hopes to go on a call at your earliest convenience. If you are interested in this opportunity, please message me back and I can send you the link to become an advisor in our network and sign-up for this specific phone consultation.
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Re: Scam stories

I got enough money from the last offer. Maybe someone can use this!

Hello,

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, This is a personal email directed to you for your consideration alone, I request that it remain and be treated as such only. I am a banker with HSBC here in United Kingdom

I have an interesting business proposal for you that will be of immense benefit to both of us. Although this may be hard for you to believe, we stand to gain £9.2 million GBP between us in a matter of days. Please grant me the benefit of doubt and hear me out. I need you to signify your interest by replying to this email.

Most importantly, I will need you to promise to keep whatever you learn from me between us even if you decide not to go along with me. I will make more details available to you on receipt of a positive response from you.

Greetings.
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Old 23.02.2020, 20:12
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Guidepoint are a real company that I have come across through my work. They are what is known as an "expert network" firm, and they provide a link between investment companies (fund managers) and people who might know about a company/industry that the fund manager is looking to invest in. Note that this is entirely above board
I'm occasionally approached in this context and think it makes sense.

The internal controls of my employer mean that I'm not permitted to engage.
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Old 23.02.2020, 21:30
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There's this traffic scam. They put the light on yellow "hurry, hurry, it will be red any moment", then flash you for speeding.
Yellow means ‘stop unless it is unsafe to do so’ not ‘speed up’.
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has anybody answered to one of these just for a bit of fun?
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I get a call from a scammer that she is calling from IKEA and that I have won the daily raffle (Does IKEA even have it?)
She then went to tell me that I needed to give her my information. I told her that since she called me, she must have it all. She got a bit pissed and asked me whether I wanted the IKEA gift or not. I said "sure, but you must have all my details since you have called me from IKEA".
I think she lost it and told me that I needed to "F*** OFF" and cut the call. There went my IKEA gift
This seems a more elaborate scam, I only (still, periodically!) get the nerve-racking "Microsoft" one via phone.
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Staying at a hotel in france back in the day when you didn't expect wifi to be free I opened the login page, credit card at the ready. Alongside the option to pay by credit card (about EUR8.50 for 24 hours as I recall) was an option to pay via your Swisscom account, None of that tedious entering credit card details, I just entered my phone number and off I surfed. When I got home I saw the bill, was knocking on for CHF 300, even though it was my PC on wifi Swisscom were charging roaming data rates. I spent an hour on the phone with them complaining about it, more to make myself feel better than in the hope of any reduction, but someone phoned back the next day and said they'd cancel half the bill as a gesture of goodwill. Leaving me only 140 chuffs out of pocket, yayy.
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Old 24.02.2020, 12:48
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Yellow means ‘stop unless it is unsafe to do so’ not ‘speed up’.
That was meant as a joke.
1.5 years ago!
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has anybody answered to one of these just for a bit of fun?
Yes, about 15 years ago me and some friends had some great fun stringing them along. You start off saying that you don't have time to help them collect the so called "inheritance" or money from a dormant bank account, and that you're a multi-millionaire so don't need it anyway. But then offer them realistic amounts of money to do some jobs for you. One such game was offering them 10,000.00's of dollars if they did some work for a "church" that I was the head off. One guy did all sorts of hilarious stuff for us and of course never got a penny.

Another, I persuaded him I would pay him to take some documents from Nigeria to Cape Town and he would be paid 10,000.00 dollars. He traveled 800 miles across Nigeria to the Russian embassy in Abuja where he was asked to collect the documents from the head of security Ivan Kickabollokov. Of course, I got a very exasperated email back from him saying that there was no-one there with that name!

These days I don't have as much free time to do it, also a lot of these scammers have learnt about the games that "Scam-baiters" play
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Ok what about this one...
We were looking to buy an apartment and somebody sent us a link to one she found on tutti in Aarau for 300 K. Good price we thought.
I wrote to the person concerned and got this letter back.

Hello, thank you for your message.

The property is available for sale, I have been the only owner and it was purchased cash a few years ago while I lived in Schwitzerland, I worked there as a civil engineer.
For approximately one year, I have moved definitively abroad to United Kingdom with my entire family. I no longer need the mentioned property because both my children are in school here, also I have a construction business and most likely I will return in Schwitzerland only on holiday.

Because I do not have plenty of time to deal with selling this property, visits with potential clients etc., I have decided together with my husband to hire an international real estate agency that would manage the whole purchase agreement process of the property.

I have already signed an exclusivity contract with them, as this is the third property to be sold with their assistance. All the documents in original along with the keys of the property are in their custody at the headquarters of the agency here in London.
The commission of the agency is entirely paid by us and you will only pay for the notary documents, in case you agree on purchasing the property after visiting it, of course.
The property can be reserved in your name for a private visit, an international real estate agent will conduct the viewing.
He will bring all the documents in original at the viewing time, so you can check it before taking a decision.
To contact the agency, I need a copy of the ID or passport of the potential customer(s). I have already attached mine to this email.
After receiving the document, I will contact the company and an agent will give you all the required details in order to plan a private visit to the property.
Also, I would like to ask you how do you intend to purchase the property? Can you pay cash or do you need financing?
Thank you for your interest, for any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Vielen Dank,



Now I left the name off. I almost sent my ID burt got talking to my sister in law, and we all thought it sounded a bit fishy, read the letter again if you dare. The ID that the person sent was of a woman born in 1989, sure 31, kids in school, own construction company and living in an 85 m2 apartment paid for in full in cash. So I wrote back, we will send you our ID when you send us the name and address of your rela eatate company in Switzerland. You cannot sell real estate through an internation company unless they have an office here. Strangely enough, no reply..... So if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. We just had the computer scanned for viruses, malware and sypware, nothing so far. God there are some sad motherf**kers in this world.
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Old 28.02.2020, 01:34
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Re: Scam stories

I like this one, finally a new idea:

<<We are please to inform you that you have been selected for Monetary Compensation of €3,000,000.00 ( Three Million Euros)from the European Union Compensation Board (EU) for online scam victim,Through the European Union EU Secretary General (Mrs. Ilze Juhansome). Reply for more details


1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Fax Number (if any):
5. Occupation:
6. Age:
7. Nationality:
8. A scanned copy of your Identification (Driver's License, Intl Passport or ID).

Reply with the above email details via email: europeanunion094@gmail.com>>

The EU compensating a Swiss for being pestered. I guess if I'm under age I get double the money? And it's so reassuring that the EU uses gmail. 094 is the number of the employee, I guess?

I can't be bothered to open an Euro-account, so I won't reply.
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Are you actively reading your spam folders?

Funny.

I think people who still have AOL addresses are the lucky ones - they get all the entertainment!
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