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'Your daughter will be kidnapped today': Phone scam targets new Canadians with threats of deportation
Scammers who pretend to be Canadian immigration officials continue to target immigrants and refugees, the RCMP said in a release Monday

Just as Canada welcomes thousands of new refugees, the RCMP is again warning about a phone scam targeting new Canadians.

The calls often start out innocently enough, with someone saying they are from Citizenship and Immigration Canada — now ministry of immigration, refugees and citizenship — and asking for information about a new Canadian. But they quickly escalate to threats of deportation and kidnapping if the recipient doesn’t comply and send a money order immediately.

The callers are often very persistent and keep potential victims on the phone with escalating threats, saying they or their family could be immediately deported or arrested if they don’t comply.

“What makes this worst is that many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you, a friend or family member has either received a call from a fraudster, or has lost money through this type of call, please report it,” the RCMP release states.

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Okay, this “Amazon Santa” site is a fraud and is not linked to Amazon in any way.

If you look in the domain registration, you can see that it does not mention Amazon. In fact, whoever registered the site a mere four days ago is hiding their identity.

(They also can’t spell Christmas, which okay, no spelling shaming, but it is a sign that the site is not professional.)

tl;dr it sounds good, but it’s a huge scam.

If you have allowed them to link to your Tumblr account, then go to Settings and then click Apps on the right-hand side to remove the link. These people aren’t your friends and are probably going to do horrible shit with the link.

It should come as no surprise that investigations have shown that many for-profits do in fact target low-income people who can’t pay. These people areoften minorities.

Steve noticed the same thing at his school: “Most of my students made minimum wage, and over half were black. Every one of my students had a loan, and it’s all they ever talked about. Some felt strong-armed into them, but some wanted them. They lived off of them. They wanted the loans as another source of income because they couldn’t make ends meet with their regular jobs. They took a few classes to keep up appearances, but I would always know why they were really there. Every college has these students, but at my college, I had several in every class I taught. I never knew what happened to them after the semester and they were 20 or 40 grand in debt. Many struggled to make ends meet, and the college offered an easy way to get loans. What did you think was going to happen?”

For-profit universities vastly prefer loans – and the long-term, interest-bearing income they generate – to straight cash payments. So much so that they often don’t take cash: “One student in particular told me that she had $20,000 from an inheritance in cash, but ran into roadblocks everywhere. My college wouldn’t accept cash, so she tried a check. They told her they couldn’t, since they had too many issues with bounced checks. She then tried paying online in full, but she was told she shouldn’t because ‘What if you decide to drop a class? Would you still want to pay for it?’ She then tried monthly payments, but she was informed she was too late to sign up. She could only take a loan.”

I Teach At A For-Profit College: Here’s Why It’s A Scam

Fun fact: the reason so many terrible dudes on the Internet claim to have an IQ of 150-something is because that’s the exact range of scores that those online IQ test scams are tuned to give you: high enough that you can feel comfortably superior, but low enough that they can try to sell you a self-help pamphlet or a bottle of snake-oil pills to boost you those last few critical points.

Basically, any time some rando proudly announces that they have an IQ of 150-whatever, what they’re really announcing is that they’re too naïve to recognise an obvious con.

Weight loss scams are older than you think

Medical quackery is an ancient art that is as old as civilization itself.  Weight loss humbuggery has also been around a long time as well.  In the mid 19th century a man named Dr. James H. Salisbury invented a new type of food he called "pulp of beef muscle". It consisted of a fried or boiled patty of ground beef. Dr. Salisbury believed that obesity, as well as cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, and mental illness was caused by eating fruit and vegetables, and advocated eating a diet heavy in his “pulp of beef muscle”, at least three times a day making up more than 2/3rds of your diet. It was an early form of the Atkins diet taken to the extreme. Dr. Salisbury’s new diet became a craze in the United States in the late 19th century. Essentially, it was the first fad diet.  Today, Dr. Salisbury’s “pulp of beef muscle” is now called “Salisbury Steak”.

In the early 20th century, weight loss “obesity” soaps became all the craze.  Why diet and exercise when you can simply bathe or shower every day with soap specially designed to melt the fat away? Often these special bars could cost as much as $60 in today’s money.  Most were just soap with no special ingredients.

Weight loss scams in the late 19th and early 20th century were numerous and myriad.  Many were outright ridiculous, but has anything really changed? Today we are living in the golden age of weight loss fraud, especially because people living in modern wealthy countries are living in the fattest society in history. The forms of media have changed and the language has changed.  The terms “humbuggery” and “flimflammery” have been replaced with “bullshit” and “fuckery”, but other than that little has changed.  Its the same old scams and the same kind of people conducting the scams, preying upon people’s weaknesses with a quick and easy solution.  For example, in the early to mid 20th century, the Mueller Exercise machine was very popular.  Basically, the idea behind it was to use vibration to tone and firm, literally jiggle the fat away.  They were everywhere, in almost every gym and fitness center. 

Now we scoff at such a ridiculous idea, but behold! 

There are a myriad of other examples of old scams that still exist today.

The fact of the matter is that there is no magic weight loss solution.  If it sounds too good to be true, it is.  There is no pill or machine that can melt away fat without effort.  Watch TV ads carefully. That magic pill that can lose five pounds a week always has a notice that is so small its barely readable, flashed for less than a second, which reads something like, “to be used with diet and exercise”. Prescription pills are no easy option either, many of them require diet and exercise as well.  They also have dangerous side effects. Remember Fen Fen? It was a weight loss drug popular in the 1990’s that was found to cause heart valve defects, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks.  Hundreds died, thousands were hospitalized, and 50,000 lawsuits were filed. Bariatric surgery is not an easy solution either. I have heard some say that bariatric surgery is worse than losing the weight the old fashioned way. Those who undergo gastric bypass or lap band surgery face a myriad of risks and health problems. It’s painful and traumatic. Sometimes things go wrong.  I remember when I was doing my clinical internship as a respiratory therapist, I had a patient who underwent the surgery and developed a terrible bleeding ulcer.  He was vomiting blood profusely, and almost died.  He was lucky.  Also, many bariatric surgeries fail because the people who undergo them do not really learn about nutrition and discipline fully, and they gain back all the weight.  Bariatric surgery should always be a last resort.   Liposuction sounds downright terrifying.

Also beware fad diets, starvation diets, and crash diets. I actually hate the word “diet”.  The word seems to imply that it’s a temporary thing.  A diet is not a temporary thing, it’s a lifetime commitment.  It must be something that is sustainable.  Beware diets that make you eat one type of food, or advocate total abstinence from any other food groups. My mom lost something like 10 lbs in a week a few years ago on this diet where she ate nothing but cabbage soup. She gained it all back quickly.  When evaluating the effectiveness of a diet, you’ve got to ask yourself, “is this something I can do for the rest of my life?” Can you eat only 1,000 calories a day for the rest of your life? Do you want to eat nothing but raw food, or cabbage soup, or meat, or only drink kale shakes for the rest of your life? Obviously, the Salisbury diet fails this litmus test because who would want to eat mostly Salisbury steak for the rest of their life?

The only long term solution is  simply sensible eating and exercise.  I didn’t say it was easy, I said it was simple. There’s a difference.  Eat a balanced diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, complex carbs, good fats and good cholesterol, fish, and lean meats. Eat in moderation, but don’t totally deny yourself, splurge now and then. Limit bad fats and bad cholesterol, simple carbs, salt, and sugar. Avoid processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup like the plague! Drink lots of water. Look at food labels. Some things that seem healthy are really not. For example 12 oz of orange juice has almost as much sugar as a 12 oz can of Pepsi.  A granola bar is not much different calorie wise than a candy bar.  Most salad dressings are pure fat. Beware how companies label their products.  Sometime they will take a fatty, sugary food, then label the portion size so small that it seems healthy, but really isn’t.  Finally, exercise regularly, get your heart pumping, get those muscles aching! Beware anyone who claims they can help you lose the weight with little or no effort.  Beware modern day humbuggery and flimflammery.

Like I said, it won’t be easy. Few things in life that are good come easy.  It will require motivation, determination, and DISCIPLINE. It will take courage, heart, and character. Most importantly, it will require lots of faith, faith in yourself, faith that you have what it takes to get it done.  There will be failures.  There will be moments of weakness, when you binge eat, stop working out for a while.  The same goes for any addiction, be it food, smoking, drugs, alcohol, sex, video games, gambling, whatever.  Never give up because you failed and fell off the wagon.  Failure is only temporary.  Get back up, dust yourself off, keep trying, and learn from your mistakes.  Never give up, no matter how many times you fail.  Always keep your end goal in mind.  Once you succeed, its not over.  Like I said, its a lifetime commitment.  But when you do it, you will be so much happier, healthier, and confident. You will have accomplished something great, something that you can hang your hat on at the end of the day.

Never Again 360

Has anyone else seen those “please donate $ to me, I am mentally ill, gay, trans, and homeless” posts going around on tumblr? People will legit donate 100s of 1000s of $ to these people blogging that they need funding. Unless you personally know that person or their circumstances, then those are literally the equivalent of scam emails. 

I get that intentions are good, but verifying at least some info first would be a good idea, such as how they’re finding time and internet access to make a blog in the first place. Also note that there are MUCH more secure ways to donate money to causes like that. Individual begging posts on tumblr are suspicious as fuck.

Beware of user Alexstrasza (#30737)

Usually I don’t do call out posts, however I can’t hold this one back any longer and I think it’s best everyone is wary of this user. Sorry, long post but I’d rather get all the details out.

Long story short:
User Alextrasza (id #30737) (aka Lotus) has scammed me of both a cranial and a light sprite. This user is known popularly as the co-administrator of the Light Flight Skype.

A while ago, because we were friends, I trusted her with borrowing a couple of my items. I know this is against the rules “Item Lending” but I figured it was a nice gesture to friends I could trust. More fool me, I guess. A few friends can attest that I’ve done this.

The cranial since October of last year, and the light sprite since April this year. Evidenced by:

Light sprite

Cranial

Unfortunately my Skype logs are iffy, but here’s when she asked for the Light Sprite: link

In January, I asked for the Cranial back, but I let her borrow it a bit longer until I forgot about it.

About a month ago, I removed Lotus from my skype contacts, I didn’t say anything. I thought she’d understand as we kinda stopped talking to each other. I had nothing against her.

This month I remembered she still had the cranial. So on the 16th, I sent her a message on FR asking for the cranial (forgot the light sprite at this moment). Never got a response. Okay, maybe she might have missed it. 2 days later, I sent her a message on her profile, again asking for the cranial back. This was deleted by her. I was met with a rather agressive response on my profile.

I sent her a Skype contact request, which wasn’t answered. I also sent her the following message on FR explaining why I removed her. As you can see, I explained very fairly as to the removal. I said she was welcome to add me back at any time. I held no grudge against her.

I realized then there was also my light sprite. However, looking through her bestiary, it seems likely she’s sold it. :|

I had received no contact by the 25th (today). So, I sent her a message on her personal Twitter about it. I messaged her Chickensmoothie account and PM’d her there. She read the PM (thanks tracker) and blocked me.

I have since discovered she is attempting to trade the Cranial. The Light Sprite has already probably been traded. :/

I’ve sent her the following messages on Flight Rising today:

http://imgur.com/RKxs6zD

http://imgur.com/Tv61GIV

She has seemingly quit FR judging by the unfed dragons in her lair.

She has abused a position of trust, for her own gain, to scam me out of items worth excess of at least $2000.

Other sites to watch out for her on:

Chickensmoothie - Alexstrasza - http://www.chickensmoothie.com/Forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=540072
Clanheart - Alexstrasza - http://www.clanheart.com/profile/Alexstrasza
Aywas - Lotus & Iocane (58449) - http://www.aywas.com/up/view/58449/
Tumblr - Lerrturrs - http://lerrturrs.tumblr.com/

tl;dr: Don’t trust user 30737 with trades or borrowing anything. Don’t make the mistake I did. I had my trust exploited and fooled into thinking she was a friend.

In 2015, Smith, while still a councilman, noticed Luther had just received six brand-new tornado sirens and saw a chance to make some serious coin. If he had just lifted them like a normal person, he might well have actually made some money – the sirens were worth thousands each. But he didn’t do that. Instead, while overseeing a group of prisoners cleaning up the city during a work program, witnesses say, he hired (i.e. forced) three of them to strip all the aluminum and copper from the sirens. That’s like the shittiest Joker scheme ever.

In total, the prisoners removed 62 pounds of aluminum and 92 pounds of copper, which Smith took to a recycling center and sold for a hefty … $157.95. He made just over a buck a pound. Even more ridiculous, after paying each prisoner $40, he found himself pocketing a mere $37.95. That’s less than the prisoners got!

6 Times People In Power Didn’t Even Try To Hide Their Greed

anonymous asked:

So, I've just got an email from a bank in a country I have never been to, telling me that my card (which I clearly don't have) has been cancelled because I haven't updated my information. Should I just ignore this email or is there any chance that someone is using my ID to do some illegal activities? What should I do?

There’s a very high possibility that this is a phishing scam. They want you to email back and “verify” your information in order to steal your identity. To be safe, run a free credit report on yourself to see if there are any accounts of which you are not aware. You should also just do a quick google search on the supposed company the card was with and see if anyone else has reported a similar email.

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Three Card Monte Street Hustle

The only thing more difficult than pulling off a romantic gesture with style is attempting to do so when you’re 18. At that point, your experiences with the opposite sex can usually be summed up with the word “haphazard,” and your ability to think coherently evaporates the second you remember that your actions make or break your chances of touching boob. Todd D. Blauvelt was well aware of this, so he decided to shoot for overkill when he wanted to impress his girl. In fact, he set out to impress her entire family … by inviting them to live in the giant luxurious mansion he had just inherited from his grandfather.

There was just one little problem with the plan, which is that he hadn’t actually inherited shit. Clearly the only solution was to break into a random 6,000-square-foot luxury vacation home, set up shop, and invite his prospective in-laws to live in the place. And they accepted, because it probably seemed impossible that the whole thing could be a big, stupid lie.

Surely Blauvelt had the common sense to make sure “his” new bachelor pad belonged to, say, an eccentric billionaire who owns a hundred houses and never visits them?

Nope! His lovingly crafted lie lasted for one goddamn hour. The actual owner of the place bumped in while Blauvelt’s in-laws were still arguing over bedrooms, gave them one look, and called the cops.

The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies Ever Told to Impress a Woman

IRS Scam Alert

HEADS UP: Just spent 15 minutes giving an IRS impersonator the runaround–he claimed to be representing New York “Attorney” “Dan Brown.” While it was an amusing diversion for me, there was something ballsy he did to try and persuade me that he was a legitimate representative: he tried to walk me through the IRS web page to “prove” he’s a legitimate representative listed under the local office section.

REMEMBER: pretty much ANYONE can pull up the official IRS website and look it over. Therefore, anyone can call someone, then point to that list and claim they’re one of the offices listed (especially since these offices do not have published names associated with them).

These calls are made by people who are methodically aggressive and confrontational to sound “serious”–they may even resort to verbal abuse to intimidate you. It’s very easy to be scared when they start railing about taking you to court or having you arrested. It’s easy to go into panic-mode. And when you’re panicking, having true facts waved in your face can be a very persuasive tool, even when those facts don’t actually prove anything. It’s manipulation.

Per the IRS’ official site, the REAL IRS will not:

  • “Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask for your personal or financial information.
  • “Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
  • “Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card.”
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If someone claiming to be from the IRS calls you, and you do not feel capable of dealing with them, just HANG UP.

If you have some time to kill, claim they actually need to speak to your head of household and conference in the Jolly Roger telephone bot (mute your phone so you can eavesdrop on the fun). This is a surprisingly realistic sounding bot with sophisticated algorithms designed by a phone technician to waste telemarkters’ time by drawing calls on for as long as possible. Because the telemarketing call centers run on a time-is-money method, this is far more unhelpful to them than you just hanging up, and is more likely to push them to avoid calling you in the future than if you just hang up on them. AND since it’s just a bot talking to them, there’s no risk of you giving out your personal information.

Here are some articles about the bot: X X X

For instructions on how to use Jolly Roger bot, click here.

For a complete list of voices the bot can use, click here.

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Professor Wingard’s 19th Century Ray Gun,

In 1876 a man calling himself Professor James C. Wingard of New Orleans claimed that he had invented a new weapon that would change naval warfare forever. According to Wingard, he had invented an electrically powered weapon which could project a “nameless force”, which at a range of up to 5 miles could destroy any ship, whether ironclad or not.  There are no descriptions of his weapon but I would imagine Prof. Wingard created some kind of device which looked like a cannon, wrapped in copper wiring and tubes, made to look all steampunk and futuristic looking.

On July 8th, 1876 Prof. Wingard demonstrated his weapon in New Orleans to an audience of military officer, potential investors, and regular citizens of New Orleans. The test target was a schooner called the Augusta, anchored about 1.5 miles away in the harbor.  When given the signal, Prof. Wingard activated his weapon, which began to emanate smoke.  Suddenly the Augusta was obliterated by a large explosion.  Highly impressed by the demonstration, many investors signed up with Prof. Wingard, who instantly raised $1,800.

Many people invested in Prof. Wingard’s “Nameless Force”, and many people requested repeated demonstrations of his weapon.  He traveled to Boston with his weapon to repeat his demonstration.  Before the demonstration was to begin, there was an explosion on the water, and two men in a mangled rowboat were found dead.  Prof. Wingard claimed he was distraught by the deaths and canceled the demonstration.  A few days later he confessed that he was a fraud, and that his “Nameless Force” was a scam.  The target ship had been outfitted with dynamite connected to a triggering mechanism with an underwater wire.  Thus when given the signal, Wingard could trigger its detonation.  At Boston, the dynamite had exploded in an accident as the men were secretly rowing to the ship to set up the explosives.