Portland Press Herald- Portland police cut short a phone scam on Wednesday, coming to the rescue of a woman who thought she was paying the IRS with thousands of dollars worth of iTunes gift cards, police said Thursday.
The police got an anonymous tip about the woman buying the cards, and found her in a Portland parking lot, talking on her phone and with a pile of gift cards on the passenger seat of her car.
She told the officers she was on the phone with the IRS, and they were demanding she pay them in iTunes gift cards, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. She told the officers she had spent hours getting the money from banks and then purchasing the gift cards.
“They would not let her off the phone, repeatedly threatening her,” police said. The suspects hung up when the officers asked to speak with them on the phone.
Sweatt said the 24-year-old woman lost $8,700 to the scammers before the police intervened.
“It could have been far worse,” Sweatt said. “Thankfully there was someone in the community” who tipped off police.
He said the woman, whom police refused to identify because she is a victim, told officers the call frightened her and when she sent an iTunes code, the scammers would demand more.
Phone scams have become fairly common, Sweatt said, and there is little recourse for victims to get their funds back. In this case, the number the scammers called from was deactivated and likely was computer-generated.
“These victims have zero chance of ever recouping their money in these scams,” he said. “We’ve seen people – young, middle-aged, seniors – be victimized this way, either tricked with clever gimmicks or threatened or coerced into believing they are talking to legitimate sources.”
I’ve tried to live my life according to the rules I’ve learned from watching detective shows and one of their rules or codes of conduct is to never blame the victim. I’m trying hard to do that really but I just can’t. I mean I’m trying to imagine the conversation that played out and its just a dumbest thing ever.
“Hey this is Mr. IRS calling, we want to inform you that you have an outstanding tax bill in the tune of $8700 for no reason. Now you for this special tax thing though, you can’t pay at the tax collector, and you can’t pay in card over the phone, or a cashiers check. I’m going to need you to go down to Walmart and buy a million $10 dollar iTunes gift cards and gonna have to give me the code on the back one by one”
I mean that’s just sheer lunacy. This isn’t like a well crafted prank we’re talking about here where no ones the wiser. We’re talking about a lady with potential intelligence issues. You just can’t be an adult and think you can pay for government issued taxes with gift cards that are normally just office gifts. Not to mention $8700s worth. I just don’t understand how this happens. You can’t be responsible enough to have $8700 in liquid cash ready to spend at walmart and still some how fall victim to a tax/gift card scam. It’s just baffling.
Daily Mail- The excuse ‘my phone died’ is used quite often – and most of the time people don’t buy it.
In order to keep us honest, a new app lets friends and family sync up to see each other’s battery status.
Dubbed Battery Share, users are able to see other user’s battery power level, know when someone is charging their phone and receive notifications if anyone is running low on juice – assuming they agree to being tracked.
I created this app because I have a few friends who I suspected never charged their phones, and were near impossible to get a hold of,’ Terry Demco, creator of Battery Share, told DailyMail.com.
‘My suspicions were confirmed when I got them to beta test this app.
‘I have one friend who is perpetually at a charge of about 25%, and goes from place to place getting 5 minutes of charging here and there.’
‘Then of course there are other people manage to keep their charge up most of the day, it just depends on the person.’
‘I really needed to get a hold of someone, and couldn’t. I figured that I must not be the only one this has happened to.
‘So from that, came this app.’
Battery Share has a built-in status bar that lists all those who have opted-in to sharing their status, allowing you to see who has a full bar and who needs to plug in.
And if your friend or family is running on low, Battery Share will send them a friendly reminder that to both you and them.
The technology behind the scenes monitors the phone’s battery over the course of the day and if the battery level drops below a certain threshold, will trigger a notification that will alert your friends,’ Demco said.
‘When the phone is charged to a certain point, the trigger is reset. If the phone then drops below that threshold again, another notification is sent out.’
Users who host the app also have the ability to see who switched into low-power mode.
To start tracking your friends’ and families’ battery power, simply download the app in the Apple App Store (it is only available for iOS users and for $0.99).
You can then invite who you’d like keep tabs and once the request is accepted that person is added to the list.
I had a few classes with this kid that everyone hated. His name was Jowel. Annoying son of a bitch who wanted to like a young CEO type. Always wanted people to play by the books except when he could get an upper hand advantage, he’d take it. He would rat out cheaters just to get ahead. We remember we had this one professor who would let us out like 3 HOURS early because it was like 9 am and he would just say fuck a 4 hour lecture. Well one day in class he told us he had to have a sit down with the boys up stairs getting in trouble for taking roll call and basically racing us out of the lecture hall. Next thing you know after 4 hours of just sitting there twiddling our thumbs we see that mother fucker Jowel talking to counselors and shit and we all just knew it was that rat fuck. The type of kid who was pissed that his tuition money wasn’t getting put to full use. Fuck out of my FACE with that nonsense.
Well this guy is exactly the same. Hey Terry Demco, you lame fuck, snitches get stitches bro and you basically just invented an app that snitches on people. You’re King Snitch. Lets face it, its 2016. No one really wants to talk on the phone anymore. No one wants to hear people ramble on about their life with a cell phone pressed to their skull without wishing it was a gun. I love all my friends and the ones i hang out with and talk to on the phone and shit is all gravy but sometimes you just don’t want to hear it. So you intentionally turn off the ringer and let it go to missed call. Not saying i hate you’re guts right now. Just not for any of that nonsense at the moment. So you hit them back with a “Im out, phones about to die” text. Its a silent but understood code with a “no questions asked” clause attached to it. It’s not that your “friends” who were near impossible to get a hold of because they were so concerned about the battery life of their rechargeable cellphone in an era where everyone usually has multiple charging device/options. It’s because when they see someone calling and they look and see its you they go “ughhh Terry’s calling again…. *mutters silently*”fucking loser.” What makes it worse is you built an app strictly to make them feel bad about it and snitch on them. You try to make me use this thing and i might personally charge my phone to 100% and buy 10 mophie battery cases on my phone and that second you call me i swear to god i’ll let it go straight to voice mail and hit you back with a “Phones bout to die, call you back later” right in your face. Get lost with this battery snitch app.
P.s- This is that Jowel mother fucker. If face just screams snitch.