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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Phone Prize Scam Takes $15,000. From Ulysses Senior

Scam costs Ulysses man $15,400

Star Gazette
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident involving a Ulysses man who was the victim of the scam, costing the man more than $15,000. More...

20 comments :

Anonymous said...

I'm speechless.

Anonymous said...

There really needs to be something done about these scammers. Nobody deserves to be a victim of a scam.

JMHO said...

It's a good thing this guy doesn't have an email address or he would have lost an additional 15,000 trying to get his share of that 80 million dollar estate from the oil barron in South Africa...

JMHO

Cybercop said...

The cure for all of these scam is to buy yourself about a dimes worth of common sense.

1) It is impossible to win the Jamaican lottery, or any lottery if you didn't play it.
2) If you are told that you won money in a sweepstakes, you shouldn't send money to anyone to get it released.
3) Bill Gates isn't going to send you any money because you were on an email chain from Micrososoft.

If people are actually stupid enough to fall for scams like this, they deserve what they get.

Anonymous said...

Let have a fund raiser and return him some money.

Anonymous said...

I agree. But does greed enter into this also?

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget-the man is 80 years old. He may not have heard the scammers well, and what they said he might have misunderstood. The elderly are the most sought after groups these scammers are seeking. You only have to give a bank number or SS number to the wrong person once.

Anonymous said...

I think the most shocking part is a man from Useless had fifteen thousand four hundred dollars. Why isn't anyone questioning that. That to me sounds like the real scam.

Mark

Anonymous said...

To Mark: Did you even think that the
$ 15,400 was this poor old gentlemans life savings, and some scammer from god only knows where bilked him out of it. I do not live in Ulysses but I do have compassion for the victim, to bad you do not, your comment was rude in the very least.

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Anonymous said...

Mark you are a real class act!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you people....do you even know this man???? No You don't!
Shame on you!!!

Anonymous said...

Forgive the Mark posting above, you see he is upset that his parents and their generation hijacked Facebook when it was supposed to be for his teeny bopper friends and as a result has decided to seek revenge by hijacking this site by posting inflammatory comments under names other than his own.

But don't worry some day his complextion will clear, he'll be able to buy a beer, maybe he'll actually get a lady friend and then he'll realize that annonymous tear down humor from behind a computer screen isn't really all that difficult and he'll find better uses for his wit......

Mark

Wallace said...

Well, if some one called you up and told you, that you won a sweepstakes. You would get all hyped up and do the same. For crying out loud, the gentlemen is 80 years old. He is fortunate that he did not have a heartattack. Then most likely you guys would laugh about it. Just like you are now. So just wait until it happens to you. Therefore we can laugh at you about it!!!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

I hope there is a special place in the hottest part of hell for these creeps who victimize our senior citizens. Jim

Anonymous said...

These creeps as Jim put it come from all over the world. they operate out of India,Pakistan,Nigeria, Jamaica and countless other places. They use the internet,telephones and the mail. People should know that if it sounds too good to be true it a scam. Check your caller I.D. then look in the phone book for the area code were these calls come
from the do not originate from the USA. DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW, you could be their next victim, this is happening every day ,

Mr Sarcastic said...

Wallace said...."Well, if some one called you up and told you, that you won a sweepstakes. You would get all hyped up and do the same."

Yeah....i always get all hyped up when I get those flyers in the mail saying I've won, but when I go to the bank to cash the realistic looking checks they never give me my money. I don't care how old you ars......EVERYONE in this day and age should know by now that you NEVER give out your SSN or bank account information over the phone....and you don't win sweepstakes out of the blue that you have never heard of. As quouted by P.T Barnum.."There is a sucker born every day"

If you only watch the news and see what's going on with the government bailouts, you will realize that all of us taxpayers are being swindled too.

Anonymous said...

I actually got a phone call about 3 days ago from someone who said that I had won a sweepstakes. Almost right away he asked me if he could "Go over some personal information with me" I hung up on him. He was very convincing on the phone though. I could see an elderly gentlemen talking away and not realizing what he was doing.
I normally don't post on here but just wanted to give my thought on it. :)

Trisha M.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure on their death bed they will accept the Lord and all will be forgiven.

Anonymous said...

folks this stuff happens each and every day and never gets reported because of the shame felt by the victims for allowing themselves to be tricked into surrendering money.

the people behind these scams are experts at pulling them off and make their living doing it. they are very convincing and do their homework.

dont be fooled and remember the old saying "if it sounds too good to be true..."