Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Suckers write me checks and then they bounce - see I'm the long leaner, victor the cleaner, I'm the illest motherf*ker from here to Gardena

I am having a BIG giveaway next week for loyal readers, so stay tuned. Yes you have to sit through boring kid stories and recipes til then, but you will be rewarded. Also don't forget - free shipping for just one more week.

O.G. is pretty sharp. There's no foolin' her. Usually. But she totally got scammed a few weeks ago, and it was pretty sad.

She got a phone call from her 'credit card company' (yeah right) who said that she had a false charge - someone had supposedly charged airline tickets to her card. Oh the horror! Therefore she MUST give them her card number for verification AND (of course) her CCV number.

Right there is the key. The CCV number. Any astute online shopper (ok, maybe I'm addicted) knows that you never give that away, ever ever. Especially over the phone to a random caller who calls your house. However O.G. does not know about online shopping - hell the woman still writes checks at the grocery store. Yes, she is that annoying woman that takes two hours when you just want to buy Funyuns and coffee ice cream and go home and watch Top Chef, and why does that old woman need to sign her signature so perfectly and who even uses a ballpoint pen anymore, anyway? So. Yeah.

But the woman on the phone was VERY good. She said her name was Mary, she was a manager in the Florida headquarters and gave her contact number and and everything and said all the key words that would make an old woman trust her. And like that...O.G. was out $400. So sad. Still she was suspicious and the next day she called her credit card company - you know, just in case - and what do you know - there was no woman named Mary. No Florida office even. Not only that they had charged on her card, all over the eastern seaboard. Sigh.

She was very luckily that the credit card reimbursed her. They also told her that in these 'hard economic times' their scams are WAY up, and that people are getting much sneakier about it. Poor O.G. She was always the one warning me about scams, but now that she is older, more hard of hearing, I feel like she is more of a target than she realizes.

When she got the reimbursement she said, "I got free money, let's go to dinner!" Uh, hello, that is not free money, it's YOUR MONEY. That someone STOLE. Whatever, I'm not passing up a free dinner.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous alibaba37 said...

Free give away or not, I stick around for the NOT so boring kid stories and yummy recipes. I look forward to reading every day!

Poor O.G., that totally fucking sucks! I'm with ya on the free meal though ;o)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Ally said...

Oh!!! That's just not right!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Lilcee said...

OG is hella smart. Good thing she called the CC company and immediately disputed the charges.

She still cracks me up regardless.

I'll still keep reading even w/o prizes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Hilary said...

Aww, poor O.G.! But good for her for calling the credit card company.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:21:00 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

Funyuns are good.

p.s. ok, my word verification is cankles.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Lissete said...

Free money! Cracks me up. Sounds like something I would say ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous jAZMIN said...

I'm delurking to say.. sucks for O.G but she always cracks me up!


and I'm always around to read your NOT so boring stories and see the yummy treats you always come up with!

Thursday, November 20, 2008 1:40:00 PM  

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