The Water Cooler – Scammers

February 21, 2013 12:12 pm · 39 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Have you ever been the victim of a scam? If so, tell us about it.

Talk about it….

B February 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Yes,, I was raised in Church for the 1st 16 years of my life, and actually bought into it for a while….

There’s no bigger scam than religion!

limeridger February 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

If you mean the current administration and their actions on the orwellian named affordable health care act, the lack of a budget, the sequester propoganda, and the direct infringement on the second amendment, yes, but I don’t think of myself as much a victim as I do collateral damage

The Closer February 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Yes. I’m being forced to pay into a pyramid scheme which I most likely won’t be able to collect on.

Dog Meat February 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I wasn’t but my mom was. Some guy called her and said the windows program had a virus. She ending up giving him her credit card information and lost about $700.

Triple Canopy February 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Every time I channel through MSNBC…

MSNBC scams and dupes its viewers every minute of every day.

bj February 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

How so? Did you not know that giving is voluntary

B February 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM


Emotionaly/Mentaly scammed.. You don’t have to lose money to be scammed…

Elwood February 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM

An attempted phishing scam in email. Called PHPD. They transferred me to Officer Rookie who called me back from his patrol car.

It works the same everywhere. All the weird **** goes to the new guy.

Connie Dobbs February 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

So did your parents scam you, too, #7?

Dragon February 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Oh, brother.

Take the politics to the politics thread, PLEASE.

Shuley February 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

2 posts for it to end up as some political rant from the right wing tin foil hat crew. Must be some kind of record. Well, I’ll play. I have a few friends that were scammed and ended up serving in Iraq.

CatWoman February 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

So glad I don’t watch much tv. 😉 I used to get those email scams on a daily basis; nowI just let them go to my junk mail box and delet them. Still can be emotionally draining.

Julio-Antioch February 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Constantly by the Antioch city council.

bj February 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

What does mentally scammed look like? Was it a cult?

CatWoman February 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Just for clarity, the emails that say you have inherited money and they want to send you a 5000.00 check……..etc.

Anon2you February 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

We got scammed on a “Cruise” deal once. Typical “too good to be true” It was a total scam…Thank Goodness we had Credit Card protection and they reversed the charges and cancelled the cards etc…

@Julio-Antioch February 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I second that!

bj February 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Paris. Lady finds a ring on ground in front of me. She keeps saying, “bon chance”. Continues to insist that I take the ring, I finally agree, after a few steps, she asks me for money, becomes indignant when I don’t pay her and return ring.

Not that I remember - I'm very suspicious/skeptical and investigative February 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I don’t remember being a scam victim.

I hate ‘salesmanship’ and usually the only time I will talk to someone who approaches or calls or sends advertising is if it is a school band raising money for music programs, or a kid in a scouting program. Or a kid I know raising money for a school program.

I generally don’t buy something unless it is something I have decided on my own that I need, and have investigated several different purchasing options, read reviews, etc.

I am the same way about ‘articles’ I read on the internet. I usually will not believe they are true until I have researched them and found another trusted source that backs up the information, citing names, places, dates, and sources of information.

Anon777 February 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Nope, my motto is believe nothing and question everything. Many years ago, my Grandma (age 81 or so at the time) was scammed by people for money. One of those “you have won $$$, but you have to pay the taxes first” deals. They told her she was going to be on TV so she went to the beauty parlor to get her hair done and was telling everyone who would listen. Luckily, someone called the police and they called my parents. She had already given away a few hundred dollars or so and would not believe that this crap wasn’t real. My parents finally had to petition the Court to get a guardian to take care of her finances so she couldn’t give it all away. It’s really sad that elders are so easily taken in by this stuff. And those responsible should be shot!

Organized religion is biggest scam February 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

donating money to a religious “order”, which then uses your money to build monstrous temples(churches), instead of using all that money to help those truly in need. And using your money to support a bunch of fancy-dressing child molesters.

Dorothy February 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Just last week, twice, someone tried to scam me. First caller I could barely understand but said something about Microsoft, Windows, and legal. Told him I couldn’t understand him. Next day someone who could speak better English called and said he was from the Microsoft Windows Legal Dept and they had traced an illegal download to my computer. I told him to put it all in writing and mail it to me and I would have my lawyer check it out. No more calls.

Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Voted for dems

Mr Pink February 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Not sure if it’s a scam or not but I’m very suspicious of these “hard sell” door to door solar guys. They won’t shut up even after you say no thank you. You’re actually forced to close the door in their faces sometimes.

Don't Censor Me Bro February 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Wait! So are you saying All Gore did not invent the internet?

windchime February 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

No,,, but my mom sure was. She fell for a caller claiming to be her “favorite grandson”. ,,she said “Stevie??”.. Of course, he said yes…He claimed he was in jail… the short version is she wired him a few thousand dollars. I was so mad at her for falling for it! Shame on these scumbags who prey on seniors! She was so humiliated.

CatWoman February 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

@windchime–that is humiliating–shame on her. Give no man money!

@Mr. Pink–Sometimes you have to do that.

Anon February 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM


Hike your underwear February 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

So shuley your friends joined the military and were upset that they were deployed?

Wow, that is just plain dumb. What did they think the military did with all those tanks and rifles. Did they think it was a historical re enactment club?

char February 21, 2013 at 6:15 PM

i got caught in a mortgage lender scam it turned out i lost over $1,200.00 dollars. the company name was CAL FINANCIAL CORP its now being investigated i got approved to buy a house it went into esgrow i paid a $5,000 dollar esgrow and inspection fees it turned out we didnt have a loan the lender had disappeared out of the counrty without notice so we had to cancel esgow thank god i got that money reversed and we lost the house of our dreams and were in emotional mental and physical shock

MeryH February 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Yes, I was married for 20 years to the wrong guy! It was a scam!

Walnut Creek Resident February 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Today almost. Someone gave me a 1800 numberj to call from Consumer Cellular to see why my Face Book was corrupted. I called to India and this man told me to touch control key and the letter R. Which gave him remote access and control of my computer. He told me he was going to run a security scan in all my files. Then he highlighted which I can see with the curers bobbing all over the place! He says, Oh my God you have a virus and you have a worm on and on. So my friend who was listening by speaker phone told me he was pulling the wool over my eyes! I have a firewall etc. He wanted about $400.00 to install a firewall and security protection which I have already.. whew.. then pay $200.00 a year… Pai…. is the name of this company based in New York.. I almost agreed because this Indian man was very convincing. Be warned..

Off Barbrady February 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Friend had same scam as “favorite grandson calling” previously described. Lawyer (hah) was put on the line explained favorite grandson was in accident in Chile and needed $10,000 to avoid jail and oh by the way don’t tell anyone I’n the family. Gave wire transfer info. Fortunately he called me. Put him in touch with Secret Service. They have,in the Reno office 10-12 a day reported to them.

Good web site is. WWW. 419 scams/ got lots of scammers being scammed. We could envision Mr Atticus having a fine time with a scammer.

Keea13 February 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Off Barbrady LOVE the scammers being scammed! I know people who might want to get into this ‘sport’.

Ancient Mariner February 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Over the years I have lost several dozen distant relatives in car accidents on the Lagos – Abuja highway.
All I had to do was send my bank, password and PIN information so that the unclaimed money could be sent to me (except for the taxes and processing fees, which I was supposed to forward first).
Did I do it?
Ha ha — no.

Charles-the-cat February 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

My mother was scammed out of a huge hunk retirement savings when Dad sick in the hospital. We managed to trace and recover the money eventually. The wonderful irony is that while we were in the process of recovering the money, the stock market collapsed. If the money hadn’t been stolen, it would have been lost in the crash. Instead, the crook got it out at nearly peak value and we were able to reinvest the recovered capital while the market was low.

Concord res February 22, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Someone called my grandmother saying my brother was in a horrible accident and he’s now in jail because alcohol was involved and needs money. She asked to speak to my brother and they put “my brother” on the phone. They put “my brother” on the phone and she said it didn’t sound like him. The person impersonating my brother told her he had a broken nose and that’s why he sounds different. They told her she had to keep this a secret from the rest of my family. My poor grandmother almost gave them the money they asked for, but instead told them to call back the next day. They threatened her and told her they know where she lived, so she better not tell a soul. She was soo scared and actually kept it from us for two days. They never called back, so she told us. My grandmother now screens all her calls and we tell her EVERY DAY to not give out any personal information.

Buck Million February 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Ever buy a new car? Before I bought my first new car I read a book on the 10 lies you might face when buying a new car. Over the next 2 weeks every single lie was tried on us even one that the book said was rare because if caught was a federal offense. I guess I wasn’t scammed because I was prepared but the whole industry is built on scamming.

sfsean February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Last weekend, a young woman in her mid to late 20’s knocked on my door around 8 pm offering to clean my carpets for free and if I let her, she would get $50.00 to use for college. I told her no and closed the door.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: