I just received this today. I guess it made it through my spam filter because it was from "postmaster@xxxxxxxxxxx".It must be legit since it came from the postmaster and was signed by a Reverand offering me money from the United Nations!
United Nations Development Programme
NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID.
This is to notify you that your Email ID have been chosen on July 1st 2014 by the Board of trustees of UNDP as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant /Donation for your own personal, education and business development.
UNDP in conjunction with European union (EU), is giving out a yearly donation of 2 (Two) Million United States Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 10 lucky international recipients each worldwide indifferent categories for their educational pursuit, health
care, personal Business development and uplift of their environment.
Kindly provide all required information Full Names, Complete Address, Mobile Number, along with your REF NO: UNDP00147NMB to file
for claims to firstname.lastname@example.org).
GRANTS PAYOUT OFFICE
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest Congratulations.
UNDP Team 2014 Project.
Some guys have all the luck! Apparently it pays big time to be in an indifferent category. Aren't you glad your ID have been selected?
Since we're on the subject of scams, got a call at home on my landline yesterday around 10:00am.
Caller I.D. showed "1-888-XXX-XXXX Toll Free Caller" which usually means TELEMARKETER! Didn't answer the phone.
A female with a marked Eastern Indian accent begins to say that she is calling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and that she is calling to report that there has been an income tax fraud against me and that I should call them back immediately when I get this message. She did not name me by name.
So, being fortunate enough to still have my faculties, I got on the phone with the I.R.S. to see if this was legit. After trying for about a half hour to try to navigate through their automated phone system, I got to wait another 20 min. to speak with a rep. that told me that it was, in fact, a scam and that I needed to call the U.S. Treasury Dept. Fraud Dept. to report it.
The woman that I spoke to there told me that they were well aware of the scam and just last week, an elderly woman had sent the scammers $8,000 to straighten out her tax fraud trouble and was calling to see if the Treasury Dept. could get it back for her.
I really feel bad for these folks. I just hope I can keep my wits when I get to "Golden Years" so these bastards don't pull a "Fast One" on me.
All my land line calls are screened by an answering machine. My message insults telemarketers and advises them to take a hike, and asks legitimate callers to leave a message. If it does happen to be a rare legitimate caller and I'm in the room, I pick up. Scammers and politicians get bupkis.
What's the difference between a scammer and a politician?
The amount they take from your wallet!
The scammers are officially crooks. The politicians have written laws to make their own pestering robo-calls legal.
I have an email that give the definition of animal birds as flocks, lions as prides,cows as a herd and etc. Baboons are know as a congress of baboons, os what do we have in Washington D.C, You guessed right a congress of BABOONS!
Got a call today and the person who spoke poor English, said they showed my computer had down loaded a program that was harmful to my computer and he could help remove it. I told him I needed his phone number, company name, and address so I could report him to the Missouri Attorney Generals office. He did try to give me his phone number but kept coming up two digits short. He hung up before trying to give me his address. I was just beginning to have some fun with him and he had to hang up on me. Darn.
i keep getting calls on my company cell phone saying "its my last chance to lower my credit card interest". for months, i just hung up, and finally i thought its time to put a stop to it. so, i pressed the number to make the connection, and as soon as i started to tell them to take me off the call list, they just hung up. that went on about 5 times, and finally it seems to be over
I don't get the scam e-mails, or at least they don't make it past my spam filter. However, I did get a call on my cell phone the other day (Don't have a land line). While I know it was a scam, I couldn't understand what the woman was trying to say. I asked her to repeat herself 5-6 times. I could never understand her. She finally got disgusted and hung up.
2-3 years ago, I kept getting calls on my cell phone that the warranty on my vehicle was about to expire. I just hung up, but they kept calling. Sometimes more than once a day. I finally stayed on the line till I got a real person and gave them the 3rd degree. They could not tell me which vehicle had a warranty about to expire. I told them to put me on their do not call list. They kept calling. I finally got a belly full and decided to mess with them. With my best backwards assed country redneck accent (Not hard for me), I acted very interested in their sales spiel. When it came time to tell them what kind of car I drove, I told them it was a '72 Pinto with 300,000 miles. They suddenly were not interested in selling me extended warranty coverage anymore. Never had another call from them.
My favorite telemarketing story is about the guy in rural Iowa who kept getting aluminum siding calls. At last he decided to play along and gave his consent to have a salesman come out and make an estimate. The sales shark drove sixty miles out into the sticks to find that it was a stone house.
HAHAHA! That's rich. I love it!
Many years ago, I had a friend living with me who had his own phone and line into the house here. For some reason he kept getting the spam calls every day. (I rarely did).
He had an interesting approach: He'd walk into the bath room with the handset while acting like he was interested. And while talking to them he would conduct his bathroom biz and flush the toilet. It was usually right after the toilet flush that they'd hang up.
Listen to this, THAT'S the way to deal with a telemarketer!
I had a guy call one time discussing investments, told him that was great, since I'd just gone bankrupt click call was over.....