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A community dedicated to Bitcoin, the currency of the Internet. Bitcoin is a distributed, worldwide, decentralized digital money. Bitcoins are issued and managed without any central authority whatsoever: there is no government, company, or bank in charge of Bitcoin. You might be interested in Bitcoin if you like cryptography, distributed peer-to-peer systems, or economics. A large percentage of Bitcoin enthusiasts are libertarians, though people of all political philosophies are welcome.
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Welcome To /SCAMBAIT! The Largest Scambaiting Community On Reddit! Scambaiting by definition is the practice of feigning interest in a fraudulent scheme in order to waste a scammer's time and resources to keep them away from real victims. Share your scambaiting success stories, workflows, techniques, or post questions to other members of the group.
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TIFU by realising I got scammed 6 years ago

So this happened 6 years ago. My laptop with 8 GB RAM stopped working so I showed it to a repair guy. He took the laptop, repaired it, and returned it to me after 2 days. The laptop started working again and I was really happy. However, the speed felt slower than before. Previously, I could open multiple chrom tabs and still be able to play games while they were open but now it would drop a lot of frames and my laptop would start overheating. I thought maybe it’s getting old so that’s why the performance is dropping. So I didn’t care much.
Fast forward to few days back. The same laptop stopped working again, so I called the same repair guy. He took the laptop again, repaired it and returned it to me in 2 days. This time when I started using the laptop, I could IMMEDIATELY tell something was off. The speed was RIDICULOUSLY slower than before. If opened just 2 tabs on chrome it would still overheat. I checked on YouTube for solutions and came across this video where he said to check on computer settings whether all my ram slots were functioning properly and all my ram cards were being detected. So I open computer setting and guess what I find out? It’s reading only 2 GB of RAM! How the fuck did it drop to 2 GB from 8 GB?! I thought it must be an error so I restarted the laptop multiple times and it still read 2 GB. Then I called the repair guy and asked him about this. He replied “It’s just a minor error. It will fix automatically over time. Don’t worry.” I was so confused. I didn’t believe him so I opened the laptop myself and checked the ram slots and Guess what I find? ONE OF THE RAM CARDS IS MISSING AND the RAM card that was in it was NOT the one that I got with my laptop because I remember it had a stylish border. So I looked up the card number online and found out that it was only 2 GB. I called the repair guy again and asked him about this. He said that he was also repairing another laptop and swapped ram cards by mistake and he was really sorry. So he came home the next day, swapped the ram card with my original one and was about to leave when I asked him “What about the second card?”
RG: What card? Me: The one that you stole from me years ago. RG: I don’t know what you are talking about. Me: This is only 4 GB RAM. Don’t try to fool me again. I’m calling the cops. RG: Wait wait I’m sorry!! I think I remember now!I’ll bring it! I had forgotten about it!
So he brought it back and now my laptop is as fast as ever. I guess I would have never known about the stolen RAM card If I never called him again.
TLDR; Laptop repair guy stole one of my RAM cards 6 years ago and I learned that recently. I confronted him about it and after threatening him of calling cops on him, he surrendered and returned it to me.
Update 1: HOLY SHIT!!! I did not expect this post to blow up!! Thanks for all the awards! I have never got these many awards before! Speaking of the theif, I reported it to the customer service of his company. They told me they will take action against him. I will ask them again tomorrow and update it on this post.
Update 2: The guy got fired from his company and got arrested! Apparently he had made over $5000 by selling stolen electronic parts from all his customers. He had stolen things like cameras and graphic cards etc. His company gave everyone of his customers a huge discount coupon in return as a token of apology. The cops are still investigating the whole chain of these scammers. I hope they get caught soon! Also I read most of the comments and I wanted to clear up some misconceptions people had:
  1. He obviously did not return the exact same RAM card to me. He must have bought the same model from one of his friends from the chain.
  2. How is this my TIFU? Well if I had investigated this the 1st time my laptop got slow 6 years ago, then I could have not only saved 6 years of slow processing of information, but also prevented others from getting scammed in that time period.
That fucker got arrested. It’s a shame it took him so long. The lesson we should all learn from this is to be careful with whom you give your products to and try fixing things on your own. Don’t be an idiot like me.
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YSK: Most drain cleaning/sewer services scam customers out of hundreds to thousands of dollars. This is a guide for anyone who owns or plans to own a house that will allow you spot the tricks they use, as well as tips to prevent you from needing to use a service at all.

Why YSK: I used to be a drain cleaner. EVERY SINGLE DAY I had people coming to me for a second opinion because they were told they had to replace their sewer line for 5 grand. In the two years I spent drain cleaning, I only came across a whopping FOUR people that actually needed their sewer line replaced and well over a hundred that were told they had to. Here are some of the many tactics these companies use:
-The most common one is that they couldn’t get their blades past a blockage so the line must be broken. If this were true, the blades would come back with either mud on them, or completely clean and shiny. Even then, there are lots of other reasons why they could be shiny so it’s not a definite break in the line.
-They clean the line with small or sometimes even no blades. If it’s the mainline, at least 3 inch blades should be used. Preferably 4 inch though. But some companies don’t do that. So they will poke a hole into the blockage, and everything will run just fine...for a few days. Shortly after, that tiny hole will close again and you’ll call them back out. They’ll try to convince you it’s because the line is broken when it’s not.
-They make you think roots in the mainline are a huge deal and the line must be replaced. Roots are the most common cause of sewer line backups. It’s incredibly common and should be expected if you have a tree near your sewer line. Some people will go ten years before their first root caused backup because it can take time for the roots to get through the pipe. Your sewer line is still in good shape. Just get it snaked every year and use root killer to slow the growth.
-They scope the line and find bellies with sitting water or small offsets. While not ideal, most houses have them and it’s not necessarily a big deal. It’s something to keep an eye on, not waste 5-10 grand on.
Here’s some general tips regarding the trade:
-If the company doesn’t have the prices online, don’t tell them if you’re renting out the house. If you’re a landlord they’ll assume you’ve got extra cash and up charge you.
-If your basement has a floor drain, get a $10 water alarm. If it ever backs up, you’ll know immediately and stop the spread of water before it causes massive amounts of damage. This is particularly important if you don’t go into the basement often. I once went to an elderly lady’s house that had a foot of water in the basement. She was too old to go downstairs and didn’t notice the smell because she was hooked up to an oxygen tank thingy. Decades of memories stored in boxed were destroyed.
-If you have a sewer line scoped, make sure you see them do it yourself. They like to swap footage with another house and act like your line is broken. Also make sure they use at least 3 inch blades on your mainline. Also make sure to get a copy of the footage. You can send it to multiple companies and they’ll usually give you their opinion for free so you don’t need it scoped multiple times!
-Clean out the p-traps to your sinks. I’ve had dozens of people call me to spend five minutes unscrewing their trap, cleaning it out, the putting it back. When I try to tell them that it’s easy to do yourself they say they don’t mess around with anything plumbing related. But seriously, watch a two minute video and do it yourself in 5 minutes and save a hundred bucks.
-DO NOT FLUSH ANYTHING DOWN THE TOILET UNLESS IT CAME OUT OF YOU, OR ITS TOILET PAPER!!!! It doesn’t matter if your wipes say they’re “flushable”. it doesn’t matter if it’s “just a few tampons”. It doesn’t matter if you “didn’t think your kid was dumb enough to flush his cat stuffed animal”. Don’t do it! Just because it gets past the toilet doesn’t mean it gets through the whole line. If you’re flushing wipes or tampons, there’s a good chance your just collecting them and one day you will be met with a very unpleasant surprise. I’ve seen anywhere from a couple tampons clogging the line to filling up HALF OF A FIVE GALLON BUCKET with tampons. The only thing worse than spending 10 hours fishing for tampons is spending a thousand bucks for someone to fish for your tampons.
There’s a lot more to it but I’m doubtful many will even read this. Which is a shame because I saw people getting scammed every single day and it’s easily avoidable. Most people don’t know much of this and these companies know that. And they take advantage of it.
Edit: I forgot to mention, don’t use any draino or anything similar. It’s very acidic. It can melt away pipes overtime and does a very poor job anyways. It usually only pokes holes into things. Save your pipes and clean out the trap yourself by hand, or call someone to do it.
Also, I highly recommend never using a snake yourself for the mainline, or even really a kitchen line. I have no idea how places like Home Depot are allowed to rent them out to just anyone. I know people that were trained to use them and still lost a finger. If you’re not incredibly familiar with it you can go from being just fine to missing a finger in literally a split second. Spend the extra hundred dollars and have a professional do it. It takes a long time to be trained to use it and messing up or not knowing how to use it properly can cost you a finger or two.
Also, if your toilets start to bubble/gargle when you run any water, your line is most likely going to be backing up. You could have a backup in one minute, or in a week. It’s best to have someone out ASAP!
People are asking why you shouldn’t use the snake yourself or how I could cause a lot of damage. This is why. BE WARNED, THIS IS NSFW AND GOREY. And this isn’t even the worst that can happen!
Also, drain cleaners love kitchen sink disposals because it keeps them in business. The more food you put down, the more likely it will get clogged. Especially avoid greasy foods, egg shells, and coffee grounds. If you’d like to avoid a backup, don’t put any food down the sink and use a paper towel to wipe off excess grease on dishes!
As much as I would love to, it has become impossible to keep up with all of these comments! If you have a question, I’d recommend saving this post and then messaging me in a day or two! Thanks for all of the awards! I hope this post can help you save some money and make scammer companies lose some business!
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The "college experience" is one of the biggest scams in the world

The experience of going to college is arguably one of the worst parts of your life as you have to living in dorms with horrible living conditions that are extremely expensive. You are literally paying thousands to live in a tiny room that is similar to a military barracks. The social life on college campuses isn't that important either as most friendships don't last long. The food in the dining halls are overpriced food that generally taste worse than food made by your parents.
Most college students live off-campus by their second or third year because living on-campus is a giant overpriced scam. It just makes no sense for why so people want to get the college experience in the first place, yet immediately run away from it when given the opportunity to do so.
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AITA for calling my sister a dumbass after she fell for the illuminati WhatsApp scam?

Incase you're unaware there's a bunch of scumbags in Cameroon who pretend to be a part of the illuminati and message people on social media telling them they're invited and will receive benefits like a massive salary and be a part of this secret and prestige organization, after the initiation and registration fee of 666 dollars of course. There's various youtube videos of it and the whole thing is so ridiculous, idk how anyone could fall for it, but low and behold my dumbass sister did.
She actually transferred 666 dollars but the bank stopped the transfer detecting it as fraudulent. She told us how she was joining the illuminati and needed our help which is how we found oit. Btw she's not a kid, she's 21.
I was talking to my brother and I said something like "I've seen videos of these on youtube, I couldnt believe there were people this fucking stupid to fall for it, its horrifying someone related to us is dumbass enough to fall for it"
My sister overheard it and started crying and said went to our mom. Parents said I needed to apologize and I said no, what she did was dumbest thing I've ever seen anyone ever do, and I'm nit going to sugarcoat it. Who does this? This scam was even more obvious than the nigerian prince one. Most of my family is saying I'm an asshole for that but fuck that, we shouldn't be comforting my sister, we should be shaming her and letting her know what she did was so fucking stupid
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[Sky TG24] Luis Suarez's Italian citizenship was obtained through a scam. An investigation done by Guardia di Finanza revealed that the arguments of the Italian language test held by the Uruguayan striker had been agreed upon earlier and the scores awarded before

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7 reasons why shipping container homes are a SCAM

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The Man Who Told The Truth About Donald Trump … And No One Listened. Forty Years Ago, Journalist Wayne Barrett Was Uncovering the Lies of the Queens Con Man While The New York Times Fell for His Scams

The Man Who Told The Truth About Donald Trump … And No One Listened. Forty Years Ago, Journalist Wayne Barrett Was Uncovering the Lies of the Queens Con Man While The New York Times Fell for His Scams submitted by easyone to politics [link] [comments]

YSK: always google a company name + scam before buying anything from them

Why YSK: especially with small companies you see advertisements for on social media, you should always make sure a company you order from is not a scam, and it’s super easy to check.
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Just find 50€ on the ground, turns out it is an AD for a church, it says ''STOP THE SCAM! Jesus is the only true value''

Just find 50€ on the ground, turns out it is an AD for a church, it says ''STOP THE SCAM! Jesus is the only true value'' submitted by RIIKEOS to assholedesign [link] [comments]

A Walking scam

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My brand new player friend got scammed 300c for a 4linked shav, here I am being a good friend using all my Fusings saved this league trying to helping him out.

My brand new player friend got scammed 300c for a 4linked shav, here I am being a good friend using all my Fusings saved this league trying to helping him out. submitted by Rymere to pathofexile [link] [comments]

This ridiculously elaborate ATM scam to steal credit card info and pins.

This ridiculously elaborate ATM scam to steal credit card info and pins. submitted by Randolm to interestingasfuck [link] [comments]

What is a scam not many people notice?

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It’s a SCAM

It’s a SCAM submitted by Essay_Potential to WhitePeopleTwitter [link] [comments]

HSBC allowed fraudsters to transfer millions of dollars around the world even after it had learned of the scam.

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Irish Reaction To Insurance Scam

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"Does this really sound like a scam to you?" ... Wish me luck.

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The Republic of Flanders is as much of a scam as the Brexit. It's a promise of heaven, based upon fairy tales

The Republic of Flanders is as much of a scam as the Brexit. It's a promise of heaven, based upon fairy tales submitted by boeren_kool to belgium [link] [comments]

Offline TV scammed pokelawls

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Name a scam

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Companies that advertise their services as free, then try to make you pay at the end should be considered a scam.

Long story short, I was looking to create a resume for jobs and came across several websites that clearly said "FREE resume builder", "Create your resume for FREE", etc... So, that's what I did, I created my resume, put actual effort into making it look good and everything, work on details, etc... Only to find out that if I want to print or download the "free" resume I spent time creating I have to pay a fee, which was clearly not advertised in the beginning.
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Mumbai Police admits India Today was named in FIR of TRP scam, not Republic TV.

Mumbai Police admits India Today was named in FIR of TRP scam, not Republic TV. submitted by samosachutney to IndiaSpeaks [link] [comments]

7 New Internet Scams to Watch Out For in 2020 - YouTube NEW SCAM + 5 Common Phone Scams to Watch Out For - YouTube We Shutdown a Scam Call Centre in India! - YouTube I Got Scammed - LWIAY #00130 - YouTube The Streamer Who Scams The Scammers - YouTube

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7 New Internet Scams to Watch Out For in 2020 - YouTube

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