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Scam Alert: Senior's $3,000 in 'Food Savings Certificates'


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#1 ONLINE   Drucifer

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:02 PM

Just got this call. Sounded very real. But bells went off in my head.
 
After I hung up, I Googled and found  . . . .
 
BBB Alert: Possible New Twist On Medical Alert Scam
 

Roanoke, VA (August 23, 2013) A series of calls that mirror a previous scam may be attempting to lure seniors into giving away personal information.
 
The BBB first reported on a Medical Alert phishing scam in May of 2013. In the scam, seniors received robo-calls from scammers posing as representatives of a medical alert monitoring company. They were informed a medical alert system had been purchased for them by an unknown party, and requested banking and other personal information to register.
 
Now in a new twist, the calls are offering seniors $3,000 in “food savings certificates” along with a free medical alert bracelet. The robo-call says the following message:
 
For those sixty years old or older. You now qualify under the new National Senior Assistance Program to receive three thousand dollars in free groceries savings certificates. They can be used at over a hundred major grocery chains across the US. In addition to your three thousand dollars in savings certificate you'll receive a free emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace. This medical alert device is designed to save your life if you ever experience a fall or any other emergencies.”
 
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#2 OFFLINE   dpeters11

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:20 PM

These scams sound more and more plausible. We can shake our heads in disbelief that someone would think a deposed ruler or whoever will give then millions for helping them, but it is not hard to believe someone falling for this, especially a senior.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

These scams sound more and more plausible. We can shake our heads in disbelief that someone would think a deposed ruler or whoever will give then millions for helping them, but it is not hard to believe someone falling for this, especially a senior.

 

On the subject of "seniors":  My first father-in-law was "old" when I met him.  6 years later, I married his daughter (big mistake, but I was young and stupid) and he was even older.  6 years later, he died.  Really old by then.  His age at his death: 57.  I'm trying to make a point here.  I think chronological age is what most folks base being a "senior" on.  I think that is a generality and correct.  I also think it is a generality and wrong at times.  My wife is now dragging me away from my laptop to go shopping and I'll argue this point later.

 

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:38 AM

Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself live into my nineties.

On the subject of "seniors": My first father-in-law was "old" when I met him. 6 years later, I married his daughter (big mistake, but I was young and stupid) and he was even older. 6 years later, he died. Really old by then. His age at his death: 57. I'm trying to make a point here. I think chronological age is what most folks base being a "senior" on. I think that is a generality and correct. I also think it is a generality and wrong at times. My wife is now dragging me away from my laptop to go shopping and I'll argue this point later.

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Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself will live into my nineties. What was I thinking?-:)

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:00 AM

Stray thoughts (I'm having more and more of them these days). 

 

When I entered school in 1958, I had two teachers who had been born in the late 1800s and had therefore experienced World War I as adults.

 

In the early 1990s, friends of mine used to criticize "young people" for knowing so little about the Vietnam War, yet in the mid 1960s, if someone had asked me to write down all I knew of the Korean War, I couldn't have filled one side of a piece of paper.

 

I wonder if anything I might say to young people about The Ed Sullivan Show or Johnny Carson means any more to them than anything my parents ever said about The Shadow or The Perils of Pauline meant to me.

 

The actor that played old Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace was 52 years old when they started shooting that series, and was just 55 when he died before the third season had been concluded.  I'm older than old Mr. Wilson ever was.  How can that be?


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 10:40 AM

Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself live into my nineties. Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself will live into my nineties. What was I thinking?- :)

When I was in my early teens, I used to watch my 30-something year old father working around the house and aching and groaning with every move and thinking, "Man, I sure hope I don't live to be that old!"  My father was good sized guy and looked physically capable, but he did suffer from a combination of arthritis, falling arches and a bad back.  I'm now 61, and I may be kidding myself to think this, but I feel like I am as physically capable as I was in my 30s, and I just before I left the house a few days ago, I looked at a winning  lottery six  number sequence, consisting of eleven digits, and memorized it for long enough to be able to check it against the number on the the ticket I had clipped to my car visor. 

 

Is 60 the new 40, or, as CBS proclaimed, is 40 the new 60?  I consider it remarkable that I retain these capabilities at what used to be an age at which workers were put out to pasture, but does it really matter in the workplace?  I only recently learned that the message sent via twitter (does it have to be capitalized?) is called a tweet rather than a twit and I don't know what an "app" is, so maybe I am destined to spend 40 years draining Social Security because I am a healthy, sentient anachronism.


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

I received a similar call. Since I don't know anyone in upstate New York, I blocked out the entire area code. I am sure that they will call from other locations so I will have to keep blocking out more area codes. 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:26 PM

Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself live into my nineties. Back in 1970 in met a man who was 72. I found it mind blowing that some could be born in the year of the Spanish-American war. I be 72 in a couple of years and if I take care of myself will live into my nineties. What was I thinking?- :)

 

You were looking at it from the wrong perspective.  We all tend to do that.

 

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 01:30 PM

I received a similar call. Since I don't know anyone in upstate New York, I blocked out the entire area code. I am sure that they will call from other locations so I will have to keep blocking out more area codes. 

 

Between Rachel and the new mortgage calls, I'm running out of area codes to block.  These people that started these robocalls should be prosecuted for something.  

 

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:06 PM

You were looking at it from the wrong perspective. We all tend to do that.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:15 PM

I find it amazing that there are people in the work force that have no personal memories of the first Clinton inauguration, and Kindergartners during Columbine graduated from high school.


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Gotta get over that.  I see cops that are, literally, kids.  My surgeon for my last (I can only hope) surgery looked like he was 18 when he walked into the office.  Scared hell out of me.  He was in his late 30s.

 

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:23 PM

I knew someone who had brain surgery, and the surgeon was in his 80s. I guess as long as he has rock solid steady hands and has kept up with advances :)

I'm only in my late 30s myself though.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:28 PM

I knew someone who had brain surgery, and the surgeon was in his 80s. I guess as long as he has rock solid steady hands and has kept up with advances :)

I'm only in my late 30s myself though.


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That would really scare me. 

 

It's all in the perspective tho.  How you see people.  Gets easier as you get older, I think.

 

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:35 AM

I knew someone who had brain surgery, and the surgeon was in his 80s. I guess as long as he has rock solid steady hands and has kept up with advances :)

I'm only in my late 30s myself though.


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:38 PM

Got one of these calls last night. Can't wait to get my $3,000 in free groceries. :sure:


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:55 PM

Got a new variety today. A medical alert pitch. Was very good, until they stated there was $1,000 in food coupons bonus for those that signup now.


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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:15 AM

I received an email from "Microsoft Fraud Department" yesterday.  They wanted me to click on a link that would confirm that my email met some kind of standard or all my emails would be deleted in the future "irregardless" of what I thought.  As soon as I saw "irregardless" in the email (and many other spelling and grammar mistakes) I put the sender's domain on my blocked list.

 

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:20 AM

I've also been getting a lot of emails from people that I "friended" on Facebook before it dawned on me that I'd be receiving notifications of everything they put on Facebook.  But the emails I've been getting have email addresses that have nothing to do with either Facebook or the "friends" other than using their names, which I assume are plucked from Facebook and sent out looking like a legit email.  I've just been deleting them as they arrive.  I called a couple people that I friended and they never sent me the emails.

 

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

Most of the offers I get are intercepted by Firefox and relegated to the Spam folder. When I see that there are around ten entries in Spam, I look at the sender and subject, and if I know that the entry is not spam, I move it to my Inbox. All others I delete forever.


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