Earl is DEAD serious about you with that online scam, Opal. Ask Sylvia (the daughter) for a second opinion.
At first I got very scared that Earl would fall for the scam that is affecting the elderly. Although it was kinda crass, Earl told her….
I bet even Nelson knows better
I’ve heard it said that the mind is the second thing to go. Can’t remember what the first thing was. That’s how they take advantage of us…..weed out the weak.
OK, I take it back. Earl is not an insidious worm, I was just being an opportunistic joker. Truth is, Earl is more like me than I care to admit.
I got a scam call the other day. They said the IRS was going to sue me. LOL I’ve never been audited.
I agree with all these posts.
I just read about a similar scam in the newspaper a couple days ago. Guy calls, says he’s the grandson. Send money. Don’t tell mom & dad. This stuff really happens.
For once, Earl is the smart one! I’ve been getting a LOT of these e-mails every day, too. Several a day, sometimes.
I am old enough that I got a letter from Nigeria telling me the same story. Remember those?
Gullibility and Greed ! Without those two human failings, there’d be no ‘marks’ for the con man. <p.If it sounds too good to be true, it is !
Wait… I figured as computer illiterate as Earl is (he can’t even turn it on in the past), he would be the one to fall for the scam. Talk about a little role reversal.
Isn’t Ahmed an Arabic name? I doubt there are many Nigerians with that name.
Thank goodness she has Earl to keep her out of trouble!!!
There must be enough idiots in America to keep the scam going for years,
Earl’s always right, but he’ll probably catch hell one more time.
EVERYBODY wants to be unique and interesting and have theme for their wedding.Here is a novel idea. Why not have MARRIAGE as a theme for the wedding?
I hope you all realize that the Nigerian Prince has immigrated to the US by now, I believe there is one in Canada too. I wonder if there are Somalian princes too?
I’ve had several calls where “Bob” (from Mumbai) tells me he’s from Microsoft and that Windows on my computer has been sending “errors” to them. He needs me to give him access to my computer so he can find the bug and fix it. He goes away when I tell him I have a Mac.
I picked up the following up from the FBI website. We need to report these scams not just delete them.
If you receive unsolicited e-mail offers or spam, you can forward the messages to the Federal Trade Commission at email@example.com.
“there is a sucker born every minute” p.t. barnum
I got one of those e-mails from Nigeria and I laughed as I pressed delete :-)
I thought Opal was smarter than that, guess not! Thank goodness she didn’t know the account number!
There are a couple of new scams out there. The first is a college kid who appears at your door with a clip board saying that someone will be here tomorrow from the Governor’s office (California) to talk with you about his 33 1/3 Plan. (there is none). If you push back at all they don’t turn up the next day. The second is a phone call purporting to be from your city’s Water Dept. about someone coming out to your neighborhood the next day to sample your drinking water to make sure it’s pure. My husband is associated with the Water Dept. and says it’s bunk. Next time one of these guys brings me a deal like this I’m going to look interested, and if anyone shows up will take his picture & give it to the Police Department. (their idea)..
I get the Microsoft tech calling almost every week telling me I have a computer problem. I answer them in mock Russian.
Even when I was younger, I didn’t fall for scam emails.
Ahmed?…Ahmed? More like Achmed.. No one has picked up on the ultimate Achmed? wait for ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKb1TFKUKbs
LOL! I came back to read the rest of the comments, and it reminded me of something my 24 year old son did not too long ago when “Bob” called our house about our Windows program. “Bob” (and that is the name he used, with the Indian accent). They told him to go to the computer, my son said sure, hold on, he set the phone down and left it for about 30 minutes. The idiot was still waiting for him. My son picked up the phone, called the guy and ahole, laughed and hung up! And come to think of it, “Bob” has called since! Of course now we get the “we want to compare your energy bill” scam! But at least they speak English! LOL!
partyalldatymeA plurality of Nigerians are Muslims, a majority in the north.
My mother couldn’t hear worth a darn; even with caller ID (which she claimed she didn’t know how to work!) she never knew who was on the phone, and didn’t seem to even try to hear them. She once told her pastor to Go to Hell, because she could figure out who he was.
But send that woman an appeal with a return envelope, and she’d send you money. When she broke her hip, my sister and I returned over 200 appeals for help. Some people sent her one a week, others would send requests under multiple names. She’d get a plea from Save the Spiders, attn.Joe Blow, this week, and next week it would be Joe Blow, c/o Save the Spiders. Her absolute favorite was The Minuteman Foundation; she was convinced they marched along the Mexican border with guns. I looked them up on the Internet and found out that it was ONE woman, based in Georgia, and (oh, the horror!) she was a Republican. That was enough for my mom to cut her off, immediately.
MY favorite was – dear Heavens – a place called the Pig Protection Program. And yes, that is (or was) a real organization.
Bravo Mr. P.
A police outfit called,asking for donations, yesterday.But, i’d rather give to a Nigerian prince who is in trouble.The USA looks better around the world, that way.I think he needed the money for NYC parking tickets.
38lowellMost of those soliciting for police, state troopers, sheriff, etc. are real groups, and they do send the money to those law enforcement bodies – average 5% for protection, and keep the rest.