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    Default Beware of scammers!

    Note: if you are contacted by someone claiming to be a young woman, looking for a "Ukulele Singer", for her upcoming wedding, be very careful.
    "She" will likely give her name, and the groom's name, and their ages, even a phone number. She will kindly answer all your questions and requirements. She will ask for pricing, and may even specify pre-wedding, wedding, and reception music, but even when pressed, won't give a genre or song preference.
    It will likely be in a city very nearby. She'll seem very excited about her "big day."
    The English may be bad, "she" won't make any song requests, but will ask lots of questions. Don't give out your phone number, and certainly do NOT give out any banking information when she offers to have a friend make an advance deposit for the music.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Wow. Scammers are everywhere. Thanks for sharing. Just learned about physical attack hackers today — they inconspicuously join smokers on their break and then enter a business as people go back to work, so they can find an empty work computer to exploit.

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    Got a phone call a couple of days ago with the ID showing my power company. The caller with an accent said he was a technician on his way over to turn off the electricity in 45 minutes. I had paid my bill online a few days earlier and I know my utility company always sends written notice for lack of payment long before they turn off the power, so I knew this was BS. I called him out on it, saying I know this is a scam, he just replied, "Have a nice day." and hung up.

    I then called my utility company fraud department, she verified that I had no turn off on my account, but didn't realize that the scammers can spoof the actual utility phone number. She did put in a report.


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    My mom got a letter saying she had won $ millions. There was a check for $20,000 for her to deposit that was supposed to pay for the taxes but she was supposed to pay an additional $3,000. I looked it up on line and found the exact letterhead reported by others. It was a scam. Here is the fake-check-scam explained:

    https://consumerfed.org/pdfs/Check_Scam_Web_Eng2.pdf

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    I'd heard of most of these before but the wedding one is new. Also spoofing your own phone number (how did they think that would work???). Scammers are sneaky. Stay vigilant, folks. Hope you're not speaking from a perspective learned the hard way, Nickie.
    Squeaky

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    So, ubulele, have you been trying to scam yourself?
    No, Squeaky, I haven't been scammed in years. I'm an IDShield rep, and I study scams and ID thefts.

    The 1st tip off was that she had no song preferences. No woman would ever tell you that, for her wedding.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    The IRS has a warrant out for my arrest I guess. That's what the recording told me anyway. I don't think that they are going to catch me though. I might be old, but I'm quick and crafty.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...tective+Agency

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    I have received those a lot. s will be coming by tomorrow if I don't respond".poor scamming when they say "the cops will be coming to get me tomorrow if I don't return the phone call. Although I heard that the scammers male things look their scam look very bad. They only want the uneducated to respond, and a bad set up premise should weed out those they don't want. I have alway wondered what would happen of the Nigerian price who needs $ 5,000 to free up his millions that he will share with me was told that I needed $ 1,000 to cover the cost of breaking the investment to get their money.

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    On the News here in the UK a retired businessman received a pop up offering enhanced PC security on his home
    PC for a sum of 550 yes 550 he accepted and paid.

    Then as part of this another enhanced security he had a person take over his PC and state wow this is the worst ever but for 4000 I can resolve it.

    The stupid guy paid 4000.

    There are times people should be locked up for their own protection.
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
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    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
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    But with the uke gig scam, how do they get your money?

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