The reasons the various scams continue to exist is because they continue to work. If nobody would ever respond to them, they would all cease to exist.
Good for you, David. You did the right thing where most people would not.
Unfortunately, the millions of scams going thru the USPS system is the least of their worries right now.
But you did the right thing. That's all you can do.
Edit: I forgot.
To whomever is reading this - your credit card was just used to purchase 3 missile silos in Montana for the price of 1 billion dollars. If this transaction is not correct, please call xxx-xxx-xxxx within 24 hours. ( ;-) ) LOL.
My name is Alvin Sam, from virgina. I have been on the lookout for some artworks lately in regards to my wife birthday which is just around the corner. I stormed on some of your works which I found quite impressive and intriguing. I must admit you're doing quite an impressive job. You are undoubtedly good at what you do.
With that being said, I would like to purchase a surprise gift to my wife in honor of her upcoming Birthday. It would be of help if you could send some pictures of your piece of works, with their respective prices and sizes, which are ready for immediate (or close to immediate) sales. My budget for this is within the price range of $500 to $5,500.
I look forward to reading from you in a view to knowing more about your pieces of inventory. As a matter of importance, I would also like to know if you accept a check as a means of payment.
Phone scammers use software that changes the "from" number constantly, so whatever you see there is not the actual caller. Unfortunately, it doesn't help much to block individual numbers, because the scammers change them constantly.
I can't imagine how the economics of mail-based scams are....gonna have to search (as in mail with postage) far and wide to find someone thick enough to want to purchase a domain by paper and mail. That's a lot of stamps.
I can also recall from some years ago, when a sketchy looking guy walked around the neighborhood stuffing badly copied, wrinkled papers into mailboxes with that old "Nigerian Scam" where we could claim the 25 million by sending some other sketchy person a lesser amount of money. I could never quite figure out why the sketchy guy handing out the papers didn't take the 25 million for himself so he didn't have to do all that walking.
Part of it was trying to portray themselves as a legitimate service for being on their network. Thing is at around $290 per year they are crazy. The thing the postal service had not stamped if you will the stamp that was licked and in the corner. I think that might be some sort of no no.
Remember the yellow pages now are some $1500 or whatever dollars to be in as a business. The book is nothing now with the internet. Most businesses do not bother ever. I doubt the phone companies even own the yellow pages at this point. Is that a scam? Really it is. But it use not be.
Any call coming in that's not identifiable as part of my contact list goes to VM. If it's legit they'll leave an intelligible message. Sometimes you'll get 10-15 of these within a couple of days, as Doug said, they spoof the origin number and it changes every time to trick you. After a while they stop because no one answers.
Regarding the origin number they will often use the same area code and first 3 digits of your number. That psychologically tricks people into thinking it's a legit call.
For mail scams they get bulk rates. All it takes is less than a 1% response of people paying out and they make money.
Answering the phone calls and blocking them they stop as well. Then maybe a month or more later they start again. It could be a different scammer. The robots voices are different each time it starts up. I have time without calls in between.
"If they are using a software is their any countering software app?"
I can easily imagine a law that makes it some sort of offense to spoof the From number in a phone call, but so far, nobody seems to have much interest. Between the calls coming in from offshore and the fact that nobody ends up bleeding in the ER from the "crime", it seems to be way down in the priority list. Lying in order to sell something, is the American way of life, after all. If you don't believe that, I have a used car I can sell to you.....low mileage, very reliable....
Bingo!! It definitely is an American way of life. It was shocking to my Irish immigrant parents. The closest thing to it for my mom was the little matchboxes stacked to the ceiling in an Irish small town general store. The matchboxes had splinters of the original cross.
Oh and on the other side of the family two of my great uncles used to sell Japanese lightbulbs down the country in Ireland. Joking they needed to leave town before the bulbs blew. LOL
I refuse to answer my phone anymore because every call seemed to be a scammer or a "charity" of some sort. And I had to change my phone number twice to try to make them stop...and I had business cards with my number on them so those also needed to be changed to another number. I do not even have an answering machine or answering service on my phone anymore(...I didn't set that up...) because when I did have an answering machine, it would fill up everyday with these scammers. These losers are not getting any more of my money even if I suffer inconvenience instead. I did put myself on some sort of do not call list years ago, but still most of my calls say "spammer." I am currently working on a big painting for a guy who had to call me at my workplace just to get ahold of me because he couldn't get through...so they definitely make things harder than it should be, but that is the way it is in this crooked world.
I answer it when the caller is on my OK list, like known contacts. Most of the rest of them, however, are those robo-calls that spoof numbers in my area code. A few of them do have software to leave voice mail, especially the political calls. Most people I know, however, rarely call, but mainly send text messages.
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