03-01-2016, 05:30 PM
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  • Crag
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A month ago we got hit up by a "Paper-boy" who claimed he had taken over our paper route and that he would be doing the collections as part of this effort.  He asked for 1/4 the amount of our monthly payment which was $8.60 and wrote us a receipt as normal.  The receipt he gave us came with the Los Angeles Times name and logo along with this boys "name" on it.  He even had a bike bag full of newspapers and was dressed with a Los Angeles Times shirt on...he looked the part...something like I did when I was a paperboy. We were glad to have personalized service again.  The only problem was that the paper never heard of him.  It was a scam, and he probably collected from every person on our block, well over 100 clients!

The paper did make good on it, but they stated that this is a new level of scams run by young kids 13 to 17 years of age.  We did call the police, and the officer made a comment that there have been a rash of these scams from lawn care to paper delivery in the surrounding areas, so I thought I would mention it in case the "paperboy" comes to collect your money...

Beware of change!

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 03-01-2016, 05:33 PM
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I would immediately be suspicious. When I was a paperboy 40 years ago, we would do collections on Saturdays. It was old fashioned then.

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 03-01-2016, 05:36 PM
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When I was a kid I had a route, those were some good old days

If that kid made out with 800 bucks, not a bad haul Smile

I wonder if any of your neighbors have cameras.

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 03-01-2016, 05:39 PM
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(03-01-2016, 05:36 PM)dep411 Wrote: When I was a kid a had a route, those were some good old days

If the kid made out with 800 bucks not a bad haul Smile
No kidding! Hmm

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 03-01-2016, 05:44 PM
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I'm sorry to hear you and others were scammed, but I can't help but be impressed by the kid! That's a clever scheme.

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 03-01-2016, 05:47 PM
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What's a newspaper?

Smile

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 03-01-2016, 05:48 PM
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Wow, I'm surprised they still have paperboys.  I had a route for some time, but I gave it up.  I enjoyed working the farm with my dad.

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 03-01-2016, 05:53 PM
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(03-01-2016, 05:44 PM)Blackland Razors Wrote: I'm sorry to hear you and others were scammed, but I can't help but be impressed by the kid! That's a clever scheme.

Likely organized by an adult as with the Magazine subscription scam.

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 03-01-2016, 06:14 PM
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(03-01-2016, 05:53 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(03-01-2016, 05:44 PM)Blackland Razors Wrote: I'm sorry to hear you and others were scammed, but I can't help but be impressed by the kid! That's a clever scheme.

Likely organized by an adult as with the Magazine subscription scam.

You're probably right about that.

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 03-01-2016, 06:52 PM
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Don't get me started on the magazine scam. If I could ever find those people, let's just say we wouldn't be having tea cracking jokes. I'd Crack something though.

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 03-01-2016, 08:07 PM
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Haha, luckily I'm only out $9, but I bet there were folks who paid the full year, at a discounted rate...haha

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 03-01-2016, 08:30 PM
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(03-01-2016, 08:07 PM)Crag Wrote: Haha, luckily I'm only out $9, but I bet there were folks who paid the full year, at a discounted rate...haha

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No doubt. Cool I am just glad to see that I am not the only one who still reads the morning paper. Coffee and a Tablet just does not do it.

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 03-01-2016, 08:55 PM
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Indeed!

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 03-02-2016, 04:26 AM
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(03-01-2016, 08:30 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(03-01-2016, 08:07 PM)Crag Wrote: Haha, luckily I'm only out $9, but I bet there were folks who paid the full year, at a discounted rate...haha

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No doubt. Cool I am just glad to see that I am not the only one who still reads the morning paper. Coffee and a Tablet just does not do it.
You call the LA Times a paper?

Tongue Biggrin

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 03-02-2016, 04:59 AM
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I bet there were adults driving the kids from neighborhood to neighborhood running the scam.  Just wonder where they got the data on who gets the paper unless they scoped out the neighborhood when the real paper was delivered.

Back in the 70's when I had a route we would also collect on Saturday's and punch their card on the dates that were paid - we also had a matching book that we punched out.  The customers knew us and we took the new person along on the first collection to introduce them to the customer when we eventually sold the route.  No surprises.

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 03-02-2016, 12:35 PM
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Haha

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 03-02-2016, 12:38 PM
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Off topic ,but gaudalcanal?

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 03-02-2016, 12:57 PM
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(03-02-2016, 04:59 AM)Cincinnatus Wrote: I bet there were adults driving the kids from neighborhood to neighborhood running the scam.  Just wonder where they got the data on who gets the paper unless they scoped out the neighborhood when the real paper was delivered.

Back in the 70's when I had a route we would also collect on Saturday's and punch their card on the dates that were paid - we also had a matching book that we punched out.  The customers knew us and we took the new person along on the first collection to introduce them to the customer when we eventually sold the route.  No surprises.
Much like owning a boat, the two happiest days of having a paper route were the day you got it and the day you sold it. Tongue

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 03-05-2016, 02:51 PM
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Haha

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 03-05-2016, 03:23 PM
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I was walking home today from the store and was joined by our local Chabad Rabbi. We saw three men in full black cassocks trying to get money from an ATM. Rabbi commented something wasn't right. My memory expectorated who they were; known con men from back east who pretend to be eastern orthodox monks offering to sell fake antique Ikons with a sad story of giving their funds to a pregnant homeless woman. So I start rummaging through my
embroidered indian spice bag. Rabbi is looking at me bemused as I extract a Buddhist Om necklace, Star of David, Sufi medallion and BINGO! pull out my
three bar cross in gold and silver and put it on displayed prominently while calling 911. We make eye contact and they walk over; one looking faint from his reported diabetic persona. They tell us about giving all their money to a homeless pregnant woman, thinking they had money on account and were broke. Uh huh, and I commented on the nice Saint Irene Crysovolantu Ikon In one's bag (it was in fact Mary Magdalene). WOULD YOU BUY IT? it's 18th century but we are truly desperate and which church do you attend? About then the black and white pulls in. I know the officer who also knows the rabbi and after a quick check the three 'monks' are arrested. Rabbi and I continue walking home. He was angry as only old rabbis can at  using faith to steal and I helped many potential victims. I said ' when two meet a third should prosper'. Rabbi starts laughing 'So now I'm being quoted Mammonides by a -so what exactly ARE YOU KAV'? He likes my nickname, avoiding the greek Christopher. I reply DRUIDLaughing1

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