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Old 12-21-2018, 01:00 PM   #16
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I've been getting a lot of scams that involve "Want a catering for an uncle because they live out of town
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:42 AM   #17
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I had almost the exact same scenario happen when I first opened my company. Got a text (saying he was hearing impaired and only wanted to communicate via text) that he wanted roughly $2k of food. Got a quote together and then he sent me a text saying, "Can you do me a favor?" I asked what it was and he wanted to charge an extra $1500 or something like that on the credit card, and have me give that to the guy picking up the food. Some elaborate situation where he was not only hearing impaired but also couldn't walk, so he used a car service for everything. But, of course, the car service didn't accept credit cards so he wanted me to pay the guy picking up all the food in cash with this extra $1500. The jerk even texted me the credit card details...TEXT, no security at all.

I was pretty embarrassed that it went as far as it did before I knew what was going on...red flags were waving and I saw them, but was very excited for a solid bit of business. I never charged the card as by that time I knew something was off, and I also never agreed to pay the "driver" in cash. The guy even had a sob story about this party for his wife who was about to go to hospice...just a total scheme.
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:45 AM   #18
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"well you were talking dirty to me"
Sounds similar to a Roy D. Mercer call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYRhrk4lbG4
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:09 AM   #19
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These are the people who need to be reported to the police. Agree with everything, do nothing, give the police the details. Nothing will be done to stop them if we don't participate.
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:56 AM   #20
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My wife's architecture firm had a similar scam attempt on them. Email from overseas looking to build a house in the area, not uncommon for them to have out of town or overseas clients. Spent a few days getting details and working up a proposal. The potential "client" then asked to pay via credit card and to send extra so they could pay the surveyor. The "client" was not so politely told to eff-off.

I told her next time they need to get the card info so it can be reported stolen.
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:34 PM   #21
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These are the people who need to be reported to the police. Agree with everything, do nothing, give the police the details. Nothing will be done to stop them if we don't participate.
Yeah, that's where I messed up. I was excited for the job, then suspicious and just wanted to get away from the whole deal. I'll be ready for them next time.
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