The Monday Peeve 20

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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Morons! So annoying, amirite? And idiots, omg grrrr! Could do a whole peeve on ’em, but instead I’m gonna peeve about people who are so darn quick to label others not only stupid but implying they somehow deserve their fate because they just weren’t savvy enough to catch on to some piece of technology. Tough luck, Grandma. Too bad about your life savings, eh? You shoulda been smarter, like a 22 year old knowitall.

I see this online all the time… people gloating about how they would never fall for a scam and shrugging at all the idiots who did. Great, so you’re rooting for the criminals? Congratulations.

Who knows why someone makes a dumb mistake in the heat of the moment. Maybe they are mentally impaired or ill. Maybe they were sleepy or stressed. Maybe they clicked the button inadvertently. Do they “deserve” to then be fleeced by a crook? I say no!

It hasn’t happened to me, but it could. I’ve done other dumb things. And my father, a very smart man in his prime, got taken advantage of by con artists when he was old and incapacitated. Did he deserve that? No! He did not and neither do all the other confused old folks who are victims of crime every day.

It pisses me off when I read these smug people calling others morons because they were victims of a scam. Just wait. If you’re lucky enough to make it to 80, you might end up “moronic” one day yourself.

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39 responses to “The Monday Peeve 20

  1. Plus these scammers know exactly how to figure out people’s weaknesses or areas where they lack knowledge, and then use that to their advantage.

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  2. Bravo bravo, l have been scammed a couple of times, and it’s not just old folks it happens to .. l was made to feel like an absolute muppet by people like it would never happen to them .. well it can happen to all sorts of people, all sorts of ages – but you are right – no one needs to be made to suffer twice.

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    • Right, it could easily happen to anyone. The scams are getting more and more sophisticated. We need to quit blaming victims! It’s the criminals who should get ALL the disparagement 😡😡😡

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      • Yes and that’s it – the scams and the scammers are becoming more realistic – l was scammed the first time by a company in India who had locked my computer and pretended to be Microsoft – why should l not have believed them? The second time admittedly, l had nothing to do with, they didn’t scam me, they scammed my bank – you probably recall last year, when my bank for some reason thought l would spend £20K on something random and they didn’t challenge it – so officially scammed once, but victim twice.

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      • Yes, my bank gave $4K of my money to a scammer who lied to a sheriff and said he was collecting on a debt due by my husband even though we’d been divorced for years. My boss, a lawyer, got the bank to give it back. If I hadn’t had fast legal help, I don’t know what would have happened. It wasn’t the bank’s fault either ~ they have to comply with an order from the sheriff.

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      • My bank was to blame sadly, they breached their own protocol by NOT texting me to ask if it was me pulling that kind of money out of the account all at once?

        By failing at their own security, they had to refund me pdq 🙂

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  3. When my parents were alive and elderly, they did not always think appropriately – like the time my dad had heart palpitations and called the cab to take him to the ER. Didn’t call me until the next morning because he didn’t want to bother me. I always worried that someone would scam them over the phone and never because they were stupid or ignorant. It’s part trust (because they grew up in an era of trust) and part aging mind that betrays them. I understand completely how this irritates you because it does me as well.

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    • Thank you. It’s no surprise that these scammers prey on the elderly. And many older people can be secretive and stubborn about letting anyone help them because they’re embarrassed that they’re not as sharp as they were. They know on some level. It’s so sad.

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  4. Absolutely right! They would sing a different tune if they became the victims.

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  5. Some of these scammers are very good. I’ve seen emails that look legit, I’ve gotten phone calls that claim to be from Social Security threatening to stop my bennies that sound very scary.
    I can imagine isolated people, not even necessarily elderly, just alone, being taken in by these jerks!
    Shame on the fraudsters and Double Shame on the poopy head jerks with their smarmy attitudes!!

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    • Exactly! After I wrote this post, my daughter and I made some changes on our phone account. The next day I got an email that appeared TOTALLY LEGIT from my provider asking me to verify my email. I don’t even remember what made me suspicious, but I didn’t click. And yep… another damn scam! 😱😡

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  6. Yep. Some of them are just SO good. It’s a bummer!

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  7. What people do not understand is that they are targeting people such as seniors, new immigrants with their scams. And while for the most part we all know to say yeah whatever there are some who regardless of what you tell them do not believe it. I had an instance where a woman came in to buy a bunch of gift cards to pay back her credit on her visa. Now you would think that this would raise red flags no? She came through my counter and once I got her to explain it to me I refused to sell her the gift cards. I encouraged her to stop by the RCMP office and talk to them as well as calling Visa. Assured her that if she came back and told me it was not a scam I would gladly sell her the cards. Needless to say she called Visa and of course they had not called her at all. Same with Revenue Canada get calls all the time that I am imminent danger of arrest if I do not pay my outstanding balance. I laugh at those. My point is it is easy to get taken in when one is not tech savy or taken in due to innocence and misunderstanding. I would like to throw those mocking those scammed with the scammers in the same room bet we would never be ale to tell the difference. Both are slimy. My rant for the day is done thank you Paula. 🙂

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    • Thank YOU! And so great of you to pay attention and help! 💖💖💖

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      • I have actually refused to sell gift cards for fear that they are being scammed. All cashiers know to question large ITunes purchases. Although now they are switching to Google cards. I had one guy mad that I would not sell him gift cards because it was a scam another one with Visa but this time they were giving him $40000 in exchange for the cards or something like that. Enough it should trigger a warning. He was furious with me.

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  8. My father was victim to many con artist scams at the end of his life. It was painful to watch because he was proud of his ability to make firm decisions. Those type of folks (the cons who prey upon the elderly) are a special kind of pond scum. Sprinkle some salt on ’em and voila! If you’re lucky, they dissolve into a pile of goo….!

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  9. It’d be nice if people directed their ire energy toward stiffer penalties for scammers. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the scammers are very good at psychology and it’s easy to fall for their tactics. The elderly are particularly susceptible to SS and charity scams.

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  10. You touched on a topic many senior citizens face in today’s world of technology. It’s truly sad the way people lack a conscience. 😦 A great post!!

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  11. Good post! Valid points and I feel bad for people who, in good faith, trust someone and get taken to the cleaners. That is when I hope for Karma to wrack some ruin on those scammers!

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  12. I totally agree. These people forget that they’re going to grow old too.

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  13. Well said.
    I do tend to label people as “stupid” quite often, but when it comes to victims of scams, I am a lot more careful. You are right – we should not be rooting for scammers.

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  14. We’ve begun to divide people up into winners and losers, and if you’re a winner, hurray for you!

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  15. You make an interesting point. People’s first reaction is to blame the victim.

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