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Why, yes. I -am- that paranoid.

So, my older brother just got an e-mail from some website we've never heard of, telling him he's won an XBox and five games in a contest he never entered. To collect his prize, they require a credit card number so they can charge $7.50 for shipping.

Now. I've lifted an XBox, and I know how big it's packing materials are. There's no way you could ship such a thing for less than twenty dollars. That's fairly suspicious, right there.

I mean, it's an elaborate scam, but if I were looking to commit identity fraud, that's a darn good way to build a database of credit card numbers matched to names and addresses. Heck, I'd even send the prize, and wait six months to throw off suspicion.

...which is where the laugh comes in:
    How humiliating would it be for the criminal mastermind behind all of this if he actually sent the XBox, then discovered the account he's gained access to was pre-paid with a limit of $7.50?
It seems a lot of trouble to set up, but the chance to beat a con artist at their own game is probably worth it.

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bugfish
Apr. 14th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
Bloody Brilliant.

I certainly wouldn't have the time or patience to set such a thing up. But the idea is great in any case.
winterlady
Apr. 14th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Oh man... if you can - DO it! There is nothing better than turning someone's own scheme back on them. Machiavelli would be proud!
technomonkey
Apr. 14th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC)
Heh
Although I would make it $7.51. No particular reason, except just to have that extra penny there when they try to use it.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Don't Bother
Don't even bother with this one. I guarantee you'll never receive the XBox. It's an obvious scam. In the end, you'll be $7.50 (or $7.51) poorer and will have wasted a few hours of your life buying a pre-paid credit card for no real purpose. It's water under the bridge...
self
Apr. 14th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Heh.
Check this out - language is fun.
  • If it doesn't arrive, you were right, and I'm out $7.50.

  • If it does arrive, we get the XBox, plus our $7.50 back from your guarantee.
It's that much more tempting now!

=)
self
Apr. 14th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
More importantly...
Don't you watch Scooby-Doo? This is the best and only way to unmask the culprit. Or at least, compile evidence against 'em. For every person who heeds common sense, there's a missed opportunity to lock these guys up.

Anyway, we were forced to back down a minute ago.

Due to "technical concerns", they wouldn't accept the card. No, they need a debit card, and a valid pin number.

That's funny to think about, but not so fun to follow up on.

So, yeah. Your guarantee's still good.
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