Don’t send money to people you don’t personally know unless you initiated the contact. (P.S. – answering a classified ad does not count as initiating the contact – the ad itself counts as the initial contact.) Simple economics – if we weren’t falling for their b.s., they wouldn’t keep spending the time calling.
I’m just might start a new blog, devoted solely to these stupid scams that people are either too stupid or greedy to just simply say “Duh, kiss my butt you scam artist.”
“Hi, [your name here], I’m a court clerk for the federal courts and my records show you failed to show up for jury duty. There’s a warrant out for your arrest, but if you put $400 on an untraceable, reloadable debit card and send me the account number by 5:00 tonight, I’ll just delete that pesky warrant and you won’t even have to show up for jury duty. Deal?”*
Let’s face it, it’s the scams that nobody falls for that we never hear about, because they don’t last long. They can easily make 100 calls a day, since the ones that don’t fall for it probably last less than a minute. If only 1 out of those 100 fall for it, that’s 1%, then you can be making $400 a day.
That’s $100,285.71 a year, and that includes weekends off and 2 weeks vacation. Not to mention: it’s tax free!
But I digress. The point is: DON’T FALL FOR THESE STUPID SCAMS. You’re just encouraging them.
* – I kinda made the quote up, allowed myself a little poetic license to make it a little more interesting, but still get the point across.