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swedishfish94

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Real life scams?
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:06:41 PM »
Has anyone ever been included in a real life scam?
Not online- wahj, but in real life?
Like, someone will give you something, if you give them x info and 'promise' that you'll get it but never do and that costs you?
My mother had said a few days ago or so 'these people are getting really creative with these scams' because  she was talking to my sister who's friend was almost caught up in it but stopped it quickly before any damage could be done.
So, has anyone been involved in one? How did you feel? If you fell for what, what action did you do and did that hurt you in any way?

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 02:39:02 AM »
I'm not sure about how people feel about it on here, but networking/multilevel marketing.

I bought into a cheap one a few years back. While I was able to get back the money I paid, it was NOT worth the effort. All those talks make it seem so easy! I admit I was stupid and gullible for buying into something like that.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 10:40:43 AM »
I was almost caught up in one. It was a MLM company. A friend introduced me to the opp. a few months ago. I had the money ready to go and everything. My husband said let's wait. Sure enough a few months later they were raided by the SEC. Thousands of people invested money and they did not get what they earned. Sad. I was relieved and scared. The company was Telexfree. It did sound too good to be true. My husband was the smart one on that one. This was 2014!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 06:27:23 PM »
There are lots of pyramid schemes, which I consider a real life scam. I have had friends and even strangers try to involve me, but I always decline these offers.

I wonder do they believe themselves, when they say 'this is not a pyramid scheme' or do they just try to 'sell' you their product.

Also there is another quite common scam, where a person tries to sell others his 'golden' ring for some gas money. He acts all desperate and has a valid reason - like car ran out of gas and his wife is in labor. Of course that ring is fake and guy just fishes for compassionate people to scam.


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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2014, 07:44:04 AM »
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There are lots of pyramid schemes, which I consider a real life scam. I have had friends and even strangers try to involve me, but I always decline these offers.

I wonder do they believe themselves, when they say 'this is not a pyramid scheme' or do they just try to 'sell' you their product.

Also there is another quite common scam, where a person tries to sell others his 'golden' ring for some gas money. He acts all desperate and has a valid reason - like car ran out of gas and his wife is in labor. Of course that ring is fake and guy just fishes for compassionate people to scam.
The levels that people reach all in the hunt for money, i fell for this real life scam way back in the year 2007, where one would part with $30 to be told that come next week, it will have tripled in leaps and bounds, i was young, naive, gullible and desperate so i parted with my $30, which i never saw and the company closed down without my knowledge, actually the government bodies raided it and lets just say that $30 is in my bad debt book  :'(...at least i learnt a lesson but a painful one at that.  :(

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2014, 04:53:08 AM »
Yes i have been involved in a real life scam.Thank god i dropped out of it as soon as i knew about it.There was this company by the name Tranz India Corporation,that attempted to sell products to customers in an MLM like scheme.
I paid INR 1000 to join it but withdrew in quick time after i knew about it.They lured me with a INr 2000 profit right after my investment,may be expecting something bigger from me.

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 03:10:48 PM »
I never dealt with it, but my father did.  He put money in a pyramid scheme thinking he would get a lot of money back in return, but he never saw it.  I'm not sure how much money he gave up, but he did lose some money.  Luckily he came to his senses and didn't continue to give money to the pyramid scheme.

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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2014, 09:49:18 PM »
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I never dealt with it, but my father did.  He put money in a pyramid scheme thinking he would get a lot of money back in return, but he never saw it.  I'm not sure how much money he gave up, but he did lose some money.  Luckily he came to his senses and didn't continue to give money to the pyramid scheme.
Lol..I do pity your dad,i mean,i have been through this,but never lost anything.Thank God..
i would say these MLM's are day light robbery and with the way they lure you,you really will invest all you got.
I happened to read an article on ponzi schemes,before i invested..and that saved me thousands.

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2014, 05:51:26 AM »
Yes, unfortunately I have. It was a book printing business for children, where you could insert their names into stories. Basically it was a franchise that you had to buy and then pay commission on each book that you sold. Unfortunately, the small print also added another charge which meant that you didn't make any profit at all on the items, but because this charge was only submitted yearly, we had already "made" a lot of money, which we then owed them back - plus interest! So I will never be signing up to anything like that again. It's definitely a mistake that I won't be making in a hurry.

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2014, 03:12:18 PM »
Almost! It was probably 10 years ago. We received a phone call pretending to be somebody from a government office, saying we have won a really huge amount of money, I can't remember how much exactly. But there was a catch, we need to deposit a certain amount to a personal bank account before we can claim the prize. It's something like a "processing fee." My father then felt that there was something odd. He called that office to verify, and that's when we learned it was a hoax. :) Reading this thread, I noticed that the same strategy is being used often. The fraudsters just modify it a bit.

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2014, 06:36:55 PM »
No, I haven't been involved in any real life scams, but there are so very many trying to target different kinds of people, aren't there? Some are particularly despicable, going after veterans, disabled, etc. I wonder how the people starting and running the scams don't get an attack of conscience at any point.

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2014, 05:55:48 AM »
Off-topic: It makes me roll my eyes when people refer to the offline world as "real life".

I was scammed numerous times offline when I was younger, one of the common scams that did the rounds for many years (and is still doing the rounds today!) is envelope stuffing. This is an advert normally situated in a newsagents window offering you the chance to make fro stuffing envelopes. You send them a stamped-address envelope and they send you some more info about how you can do it sitting at your kitchen table in your underwear. They ask you to send them 10-20 to prove you are interested and to cover the cost of materials to get you started. Once you pay the fee they send you a poorly xeroxed booklet showing you how they got you to send them the money so you can do it to other people.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure if it counts as a scam because technically I culd make money from stuffing envelopes as long as I can find gullible people.

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2014, 10:05:31 AM »
I have been scammed once but it was not for an income opportunity, it was for a dental card. I felt I paid too much for it only to get 2 permanent fillings and ordinary type of cleaning which if I just paid directly will not cost me even half of what I have paid for the card. :P
It was disappointing since I was convinced it will be worth it and end up just wasting money. I have not been involved on any offline MLM company cause I am not into marketing which is a good thing that I was not scammed by those. :P

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2015, 02:24:02 AM »
I have never experienced that before, but my mother was a victim of a real life scam, sort of a networking/pyramid scheme. They would ask you to invest money in them, and they would promise you that you're going to receive twice/thrice the amount of money you have invested in them. But those too-good-to-be-true claims are all just lies.

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Re: Real life scams?
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2015, 06:51:40 AM »
Fortunately I have been able to avoid pyramid scheme type of things, but I did get scamed by a handyman, a bad neighbor, and a stranger! My problem is I am easily believing in the goods of people, and too much trusting.

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