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Monday, 19 May 2014

Who Wants to Be a Scammed Millionaire?

By Dan Gogerty who blogs at Cast

For a few seconds on Saturday, I was a millionaire. A phone caller said the Publishers’ Clearing House crew was 15 miles away, ready to arrive at my door with a 1.1 million dollar check and $25,000 in cash.

I had a brief vision of me on the local news holding an oversized check and a bouquet of flowers. I wondered if I should change out of the faded teeshirt and ragged shorts I had been wearing to mow lawns.

Of course I knew it was a scam but I was intrigued with the methods so while he spoke I went online.

I would need a $600 moneypak card to “cover the taxes,” and no doubt I would have to give him the code number on the card before the sugar daddies would arrive with the cash.

Speaking of cash, he asked if I wanted the $25,000 in 100s or 50s. I should have asked for it all in pennies.

When he called again to confirm that I’d purchased the moneypak card, I explained to him that I had a press photographer, a group of relatives and a police officer friend ready to attend the big event. “With that much cash,” I said, “I don’t want to take any chances.”

I spoke of my pants-wetting excitement but he was only interested in the number off the money card. “Mr. Gogerty,” he said, “please listen. Do you have the moneypak?”

By then I’d checked his area code and my wife was calling the Better Business Bureau. My fun was over so I asked him why he scammed money from people. He hung up and from somewhere in Jamaica, he no doubt started in with another call.

Since then I’ve noted scam-related news and anecdotes popping up like dandelions. An elderly woman in a nearby town fell for the well-known ploy: “I’m your grandson; I’m in Montreal; I’ve been robbed. Wire me some money, please.”

Her bank account is $5000 lighter now.

From Nigerian princes on email to phony debt collectors on the phone, flim-flam activities will certainly continue. The dumbest I heard of came from a tweet (so its veracity is suspect). Apparently a guy was knocking on doors saying he was a tick inspector. He asked the resident to strip off so he could check for wood ticks and the dreaded deer tick.

Anyone who fell for that one should call me—I have a phone number in Jamaica they might want to call.


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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Well done,Dan. It sounds as if you not only didn't fall for this scam but that you and your wife had some fun with the whole thing.

It's a little surprising that people still fall for this stuff when there's been so much info out there about various scams and rip-offs.

I collect all of the scam emails I get. Anytime I need a good laugh I read a few of them. Oh, by the way Dan, if you send me $100 I can tell you how you can get rid of these scammers for good. Send a money order to:
The Nigerian Minister, One Goniff Rd, Nigeria.

We have Caller ID which pretty much eliminates these guys. If we don't recognize the name or number and they don't leave a message, we probably don't need whatever it is they're selling. BTW, this strategy greatly reduces political and "charitable" solicitations as well as scammers. I highly recommend it.

As far as emails, my "Delete" key will probably wear out long before the rest of my keyboard. I care about politics, and when I can, I've tried to support candidates or causes I believe in. However, it's infuriating beyond words to be thanked for a contribution by an email that asks for even more of my money! So, I've pretty much stopped contributing at all. Wonder if others have done the same. . .

Very wise!

I simply open a mail account on Yahoo and use it exclusively for my email solicitors -- then I ignore it forevermore.

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