"A South Florida trio is facing up to two decades in prison after
conning elderly customers into buying unnecessary septic products — in
some cases more than 70 years worth of toilet paper, federal
prosecutors say. "
"...Victims were also told that they needed special soap, detergent
and toilet paper or their septic tanks would not pass federal
I feel so sorry, within reason, for those that fall victim to hard-
sell sales tactics.
If I end up with a bad product or bad service (and I have) it will be
after I have done all of the research that I feel is required and have
made what I consider to be an informed purchase. At that point I have
no one to blame but myself.
I don't understand (I do, but you know what I mean) why some people
fold under the pressure of a hard sell when all that they have to do
is say "No, I'm not ready to buy yet" and hang up.
In order to complete the transaction, the victim has to take many
specific actions - provide contact information, sign a check or
provide a credit card number, etc. with so many points along the way
to stop and just not do it. There must have been some point where the
victims said to themselves "This just doesn't sound right." I've been
there. I've changed my mine with pen in hand just prior to signing the
I know, I know...it's not as simple as it sounds for some people, but
it should be. I'm naturally suspicious, so my defensives are up as
soon as the sales pitch - or end-of-the-world warnings, as in this
case - begin. I wish everyone was like that. If they were, none of
these scams would work.
"They agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and will be sentenced in
I'll bet that the "cooperation" won't include actual dollars-in-hand
restitution to the victims.
That's a good rule. I always tell callers I never buy anything over the
telephone unless I make the phone call. That usually shuts them up.
But the elderly are particularly susceptible to scams like this. My
brother's father-in-law is an old Republican who has lost all his
marbles. That's not a political comment, but an ageist comment. He
routinely gets official-looking letters from scammers asking him to
send money or Obama will take away his medicare (or similar). He gets
so irate that he writes a check for $500 or $1000 and sends it to them.
It's gotten so bad that my sister-in-law has started intercepting his
mail so he won't be ripped off any more.
the other Frank
Here's some of my work:
That's too bad. When they send you mail, there is much more potential
for them to get in trouble and it costs them much more. They only do it
to those that have been scammed in the past. I'm older and hope I do
not get this bad. It happened to a neighbor of mine, who is not senile,
but got hit big time by someone that told him they were police and
wanted to get credit information from him to catch a scammer and he fell
for it and gave them credit card numbers, pin numbers and the like.
He will not tell me how much they got but he is now on a mailing list
where he even gets postage paid letters from Europe trying to scam him.
On original track, talking to a former neighbor last week whose son is a
cop, was told by him not to give money to the police solicitors unless
they would come in a squad car in full uniform to pick up the donation.
Do you mean that when that big red truck with the flashing lights,
ladders and hoses pulls up in front of my house and the guys with the
rain coats, axes and helmets knock on my door, it's legit?
I wasn't sure, so I sent them away.
hmm...maybe that explains why my garage burnt down even though I
called 911 three times.
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