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Old 30.07.2018, 10:49
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Scam stories

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To start the week as nicely as the last one ended with the crap thread
What are your scam stories (well the ones you are not too ashamed to post on a public forum at least), where you got scammed, or where you scammed someone, of course, if you want to tell us about that?


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A white-haired posh-sounding British guy once asked me for 10 CHF at Zurich HB, said he had lost his wallet, asked for my phone number and said he'd give the money back the next day. Yeah, I believed him


Saw an ad for a second hand rice cooker a few years ago, for 20 CHF, near Zurich. A Hungarian girl (well, she was speaking Hungarian, and had a Hungarian whatsapp number) told me the address, so I went there. She came out of the building, silly me gave her the 20 CHF and she said she'd just fetch the rice cooker from her flat and she'd be right back. Silly silly me thought that if I went up to the flat with her that would be a bit threatening, so I waited outside... and waited... and waited Yup, that building had a second entrance, on the other side, and she probably didn't even live there.


And some bank, not going to name them here as they are ok as a company, once invited me for a discussion about preparing for retirement etc. The guy seemed nice, said he would ask a (what later turned out to be life insurance) company about whether they would accept me or not, and if I signed on this little bit of paper he could send the request online right there (yeah, I should have read the 20 or so pages of small print, but he assured me twice that there was no risk, it was just a request to see if they would accept me for their retirement preparation, etc). Got a letter a few days later with a shiny new contract and that they would take a few hundred CHF straight from my account every month. Called the guy, he said oh, but you know, they have already taken the money from your account for the first month, nothing to be done now anymore. Had to send registered letters to both the guy at the bank and the insurance company (who of course had done nothing wrong) to cancel everything. It was all done lawfully, so not sure if it counts as a scam, but it definitely felt like one. The bank did send me a letter a few weeks later that the guy had decided to find another job.


Aand one where I met a girl for coffee, for language exchange. No proof she was really in on it but in hindsight: She sat down at a table where I had my back to the room, and we were talking, writing stuff down. Every time a tram passed it felt like the whole chair was shaking, but I thought nothing of it. Turns out a guy was sitting behind me and actually shaking the chair every time so I wouldn't notice that he was taking my wallet out of its pocket then she asked - hey, did that guy just take your wallet? (how did she know?) of course he was out of the coffee shop and had disappeared by the time I got to the door, and no idea what he looked like. didn't lose much money there but it was a PITA to cancel all the cards, ID, etc.
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Old 30.07.2018, 13:26
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Re: Scam stories

Nobody?
Alternatively, which scams did you heroically escape from?
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Old 30.07.2018, 13:32
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Alternatively, which scams did you heroically escape from?
Does the Billag man count?
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Old 30.07.2018, 13:37
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Re: Scam stories

I once almost fell for the cheap camera trick where they show you the camera and then sell you a bottle of water in a camera bag. A friend was with me and insisted they open the camera case before handing over money. The guys just said no, shrugged then walked away from us. Lesson learnt for cheap, could have set me back a few hundred.
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Re: Scam stories

Just walking into a bank or an insurance company can make you the victim of a highly sophisticated scam. If your victim status is ever recognized by a court (unlikely in this country), it will never be called a scam, not even a deception, . They will call it an isolated mistake/dysfunction. The best scams are rarely exposed as such.
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I got married... nuff said.

Not sure who got scammed but she complains that she’s been scammed every day!
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Re: Scam stories

There's this traffic scam. They put the light on yellow "hurry, hurry, it will be red any moment", then flash you for speeding.
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Old 03.08.2018, 22:21
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Re: Scam stories

This chick told me that her father was a famous Swiss artist, total bullshit as far as I could see, as he had a weird surname.

Unfortunately, it was true, and 12 years later we are still together, 7 married!

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Re: Scam stories

this also looks like a scam


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Re: Scam stories

We were on holiday in Africa and staying in quite a nice Hotel. We were advised not to buy anything from anywhere other than the Hotel shop as there were scams everywhere.

We wanted to buy a carving of the Masai tribe. It's quite a big piece and was actually relatively expensive (low hundreds). The Hotel Manager told us that carvings sold outside the hotel would be made from balsa wood (or some other light wood) which had been soaked in water for three months to make it feel as heavy as a solid piece. He advised that once we got it home the wood would then dry out and become light in both weight and colour. He advised we pay the extra hundred or so to buy the carving from his shop as the carvings on sale were solid wood. We paid the extra and felt grateful that we had avoided the scam.

Three months later our solid ebony carving started to become lighter and lighter and is now an intricately carved piece of firewood! To be honest we quite admired the scam. After all we were warned. We have kept the carving as a nice reminder of how easily a fool is parted from his money!
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Re: Scam stories

Old friend of mine put his broken vcr in a garbage bag and offered it to some construction workers on a building site, they thought they got a nice cheap stolen vcr while they actually bought his broken trash

Only scam I once fell for was ordering a 2nd handed gameconsole which never arrived, and when in Brasil I already knew my $5,- Rolex wasn't real.
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