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What are the odds this was a scam?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Clever username, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    So I got a call on my cell phone a few minutes ago from some strange number. I'm a curious person, so I answer it. It's an automated message saying something to the effect of:

    "This is the second time we've tried to reach you about continuing the warranty on your car. If you would like the opportunity to continue your warranty, please press 1. If you would like your name from removed from this offer, please press 8."

    I figure, hey, why not, I'll press 1. It rings once and some guy answers and says, "Warranty department."

    That's it. Nothing else but "Warranty department." So I hang up.

    Never once at any point was the name of a car manufacturer, let alone the manufacturer of my car, mentioned. Also, I never got any first call about this offer.

    So I go to anywho.com, put the number in the reverse directory and get this:

    Loperena, Michael 973-643-8524
    267 Orange St
    Newark, NJ 07103

    My car, which is Japanese, was made in Canada and bought new in New York State.
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I vote scam. Never trust anyone from Jersey.
  3. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I just called that number back and it said it was disconnected.

    The weird thing is, my warranty may indeed be almost up. It'll be five years in May that I got my car. How the fuck did these people get my number? My manufacturer is getting a friendly phone call tomorrow.
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Hello Clever:

    My name is Miss Dian James , the only daugther of late Mr.
    and Mrs James konta of the blessed memory My father was a
    very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic
    capital of Ivory Coast, my father was poisoned to death by
    his business associates in one of their outings on a
    business trip.

    My mother died when I was a baby and since then, my father
    took me so special.
    Before the death of my father on jenuary 2003 in a private
    hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his
    bedside and told me that he has the sum of Eight Million
    United States Dollars left in a fixed/suspense account in
    one of the prime banks here in Abidjan, that he used my
    name as his only dauther as the next of kin in depositing
    the fund.

    He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth
    that he was poisoned by his business associates, That I
    should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice
    where I will transfer this money and use it for investment
    purpose such as real estate management or hotel management.

    I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following
    1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be
    transferred to.
    2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only
    21years old
    3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country
    to further my
    education and to secure a resident permit for me in your

    Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as
    compensation for your effort/input after the successful
    transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas
    and 10% for expencis.

    Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me
    as I believe that this transaction would be concluded
    within fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist

    Anticipating to hear from you soon .

    Thanks and God bless!

    Best regards,
    Miss Dian James
  5. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    That's three votes for a scam.
  6. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Clever, I got two calls on my cell phone in one day last week about the warranty on my car, which really is just a few thousand miles and 9 months away from expiring. After the second one I just told them to take me off the list and haven't heard anything since. I get that shit in the mail all the time too.
  7. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Scam . . . definitely. You might get the same solicitation in the mail; throw it away.
  8. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I just did a little googling:

    Guess I'm not the only one.

  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I got one of those the other day -- my car has been out of warranty for years...
  10. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    bad night for scams.. I just started a thread detailing my evening with these motherfuckers.. folks in charge can combine, if they so choose.
  11. Sleeper

    Sleeper Member

    I've gotten two of those calls this week. Interesting to see how widespread these jerkoffs are.

    Next time I'm gonna press one and blow off a little steam.
  12. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Yikes, that is just up the road from my office! It's not me, of course. Really. Besides, I got a warranty offer in the mail yesterday.
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