Bogus AT&T

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Mark F, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Here it was, Tuesday evening (around 8:00pm and very dark outside) and I was watching TV. My door bell rang. I wasn't expecting anyone nor was my wife. I got up and grabbed my S&W Model 60 .357 on the way to the door. My front entry is all stained glass, and I can see the porch without being seen at night. There was two rather rough-looking guys standing there.

    I spoke through the door rather than opening it, and said, yeah what do you want? The bigger of the two said they were with AT&T and wanted to speak to me. I said no thanks, please leave. The smaller guy spoke up this time and said it was important that I speak with them. (They had no AT&T ID's or anything on them that I could see)

    I immediately and sternly replied; I don't know who you are and I don't want you here, so consider this is your last opportunity to leave here alive. They left... My wife called the local LEO's and reported it. The two guys were arrested three doors down. They were rip-off scammers.
     
  2. NGIB

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    It's amazing how often this kind of stuff happens. I don't ever answer the door without a firearm in hand. I keep my SP101 on the coffee table and that's what I generally grab...
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    totally agree. my colt series 70 is at hand whatever room im in. there is a huge increase in robberies from gangs in milwaukee exporting themselves for the day into surrounding counties. last week my doorbell rang and i had my colt behind my back. it was my neighbor across the street and his daughter selling girl scout cookies had to buy and sign em one handed heh.

    you did well to do what ya did. never know when scum like that says fk it im cold lets just do some R&R(rob and rape). but you will never hear in the media how guns make ya safer when combined with intelligent thought.
     
  4. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    So they DID work for AT&T! :D



    /Ba dum Ching
     
  5. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I guess they DID! LMAO...

    That's why I don't have AT&T...
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm telling you man, you better be real careful before you take on Ma Bell.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTPzTG1Lx60]YouTube - WKRP in Cincinatti - THE PHONE COPS![/ame]
     
  7. Puff

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    Our local news in WestMI warned that something like this was
    occuring in our area just last week - but they were claiming to be
    with a gas co.

    I've gotten over being a polite lady as I watched my husband talk
    to people through a closed door - barely feel a rude twinge as I do
    it now.
     
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I got an email to my one gmail account claiming to be from gmail.

    It had a .txt document attached so I being curious opened it.

    It said

    "You have a gmail account and your account settings are expired. Pleese fil out fourm and send in replaye email to update your accounte settings." (NO I DIDN'T misspell anything that is what they had typed)......

    User Name:
    Passworde:
    credit card number:


    Thank You"
     
  9. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Back in the 1990's I worked for contract companys to Pacific Bell here in California. Now called AT&T. We did alot of rear easment aerial jobs for them and had to get backyard access in residential areas to easment for telephone cable to replace and splice bad sections.

    Usually the occupants of these houses had been contacted in advance of the jobs and were given the info of the contract company doing the work. We always had phone company picture I.D. badges along with our company picture I.D. badges that we had to wear at all times performing this kind of work. Access was usually easy but if a gate was locked and nobody was home we left door knocker cards letting the folks know we were coming back to perform the work. Also we usually had a subway inspector representing the phone company to iron out any issues with access to their back yards.

    You got to be careful these days as there is alot of creative scammers out there just chomping at the bits to take your shat.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Good job on not opening the door. People are too quick to fling open the door these days.
     
  11. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    Reading all of this makes me want to start keeping my Kimber .45 loaded with me in the living room every night. I don't want to be paranoid when I am at home, but I guess you reallly can't be too safe can you?
     
  12. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Not paranoid... PREPARED!
     
  13. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I never get any one comming to my door, i am quite hart broken. I wander if it has anything to do with all the bodies they have to step over to knock?
     
  14. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    My HK is worn iwb from the moment I get out of bed, until I take my pants off to go to bed.
     
  15. oldcoptn46

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    Yikes!!! You mean you don't keep your Kimber loaded and handy in the living room. This same "I'm from AT&T we nned to talk to you" at night??? was reported here in the last couple of weeks. Interestingly I have read of at least four instances in a three county area since last Thanksgiving where home intruders were shot "and Killed". No prosecution of homeowers in any instances. Thanks to wise district attorneys.
     
  16. IGETEVEN

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    Mark, that a boy!!...Sir! :D :cool:

    I feel ya opaww! :( I got the same problem, but no bodies, just my collection string of "severed right ears" hanging on the front door. They seem to leave rather quickly, once they recognize just what it is. :D
     
  17. Squirrel_Slayer

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    I have a little .38 snubby with a speed loader right next to it sitting on my nightstand. If I got a knock at the front door really late, I would just go retrieve that from my room before I even said a word through the door.
     
  18. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

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    Here in CA our power is supplied by a company called PG&E. The newest scam and believe it or not, people are falling for this.

    Two guys knock on the door posing as a PG&E employees and tell the people they need to change out all the copper wiring in the house. Then the people sit back and watch as the copper thieves tear the sheetrock down and steal the copper wire out of their house. Leave with a handshake and tell them they'll come back tomorrow to "put the new wire in."
     
  19. cpttango30

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    My dad worked for PG&E them boys don't need to steal anything.... HOLY crap they make good money. My dad has brought home meal checkes that were almost 10k for a month.

    It is amazing what people will fall for. I dad hated doing knock and notifies in Frisco and Oakland.

    I hate to say it but if I would have gotten a job with PG&E I would still be living in CA....
     
  20. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    The last scammers around here were two good looking ladies that were going to houses in the neighborhood. They would say they were new neighbors on the street behind you and their cat had gotten out and jumped into your back yard. One lady would stay out in the front calling for the missing cat as the other would go with the home owners into the back yard. Then when the HOs were in the back the lady out front would go in the house and grab wallets purses and jewelry. They hit a couple just down the street for a lot.