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Have you ever been scammed online?

Asked by borderline_blonde (1673 points ) January 14th, 2010

I regularly get junk email from alleged credit card companies asking me to “confirm” my account number, as well as work-at-home deals requiring a membership fee, etc. I’ve fortunately never fallen for it, but some of these scams are pretty convincing and I can see how someone might. Has it ever happened to you? What were the consequences?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I get all the same mail that you do but I have never caught bait. I have never yet been scammed online and let’s hope it stays that way.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m the same as Simone_De_Beauvoir. But my mom has fallen for scams. If you sent out a million emails and .1% of people reply you can make a ton of money very fast.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I get em too never open them- I get really funny ones from nigeria and senegal that I do read just for larfs

CMaz's avatar

The good old days of Ebay had its problems.

eternal_serenity's avatar

yeah – not scammed by a junk email, but i bought vitamins online for $30, I never received the vitamins, and the company charged me $400 in $30 increments all at once. I had to dispute the charges and shut down my bank account. It was a big pain

borderline_blonde's avatar

@eternal_serenity What a nightmare! It’s sad that some companies take advantage of people, not only because it sucks for the customer but also because it gives a bad rep to some legitimate smaller online companies.

Naked_Whale_Tamer's avatar

No, but I do find them awfully amusing. If I’m bored, I’ll send them bogus information (not from my real email address) to pollute their databases.

I especially like the scams where the writer has an incredibly poor understanding of common American English and the return email address domain is hotmail or AOL such as hottie4367@hotmail.com (totally fictitious email address that I made up).

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