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Is this car rental price in San Jose Del Cabo too good to be true?

My brother and his partner are traveling to San Jose del Cabo Mexico and are trying to secure a car rental for the trip. They have done some research online and have found a cheap fare on Travelocity through Budget Car Rental, but it's not at the airport. We are trying to get a sense of whether: A) The price might be too good to be true (ie. hidden fees etc...) the fee is stated as $75 for two weeks which seems ridiculous to me. B) Is it safe to be renting anywhere outside of an airport. Does anyone have experience with car rentals in or around this area and could offer some advice or suggestion.
posted by thelastgirl on Nov 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me stop being terrorized by spam phone calls.

Nearly every weekday morning I'm woken up by a phone call from the same scammer entity, it's a canned pre-recorded message trying to get me to lock in my loans or something or other. It always shows up in my caller ID as some all caps name like GETCASH, PBCASHPRO, PBPROMOTIONS, etc. They're using completely different phone numbers each time, with different area codes. I can and do block the number each time but it doesn't make a difference. What, if anything, can I do to prevent this? It feels like a daily onslaught and it seriously does wake me up, since I go to bed and start work later than most people do. I'm just so sick of it. Help!
posted by naju on Oct 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Is it fun for you to pretend you're me and buy dog vitamins?

It has recently come to my attention that someone is using my (very uncommon) name, previous address, current cell phone, and very old email address to shop online. But to what end? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Apr 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Everywhere the signs

So trailing behind stenciled instructions to TRY KRATOM, the streetside signs around where I live trend heavily - and I mean borderline Twilight Zone level - toward advertisements for flag football. I've seen signs for youth leagues, coed leagues, men only, two-hand touch, flag, and on and on, more flavors of flag football than I would ever have imagined could exist. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Could this be a scam?

Found a used guitar on Craigslist for a good price, contacted owner, he states it is now at a pawnshop for a significantly larger price but that he will sell me his pawn ticket for a middle price. Is this a thing?
posted by Cosine on Jan 12, 2016 - 9 answers

How is a chargeback a scam?

My credit card was compromised - but I don't get it, the scammer got nothing. Explain to me how this works... [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 6, 2016 - 8 answers

What's up with all these strange LinkedIn invitations?

I've used LinkedIn semi-regularly for 2-3 years. Every other month or so I get an invitation from a complete stranger, in a completely unrelated field, no common contacts, and always from a foreign country I've never visited. Is this some kind of data mining scam? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jun 6, 2015 - 10 answers

U.S. health insurance scam of the minute.

I need COBRA health care coverage only for a week in March. Ceridian says I need to pay them for half of March and all of April because of "COBRA guidelines." Rat smelled. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Apr 20, 2015 - 6 answers

How much to self-publish?

Is this a dishonest way to raise money? [more inside]
posted by mermayd on Mar 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Help us not get scammed!

My fiance and I are thinking of renting other people's timeshare units. We notice that there are a number of websites that offer this. We are concerned about getting scammed. How should we go about renting and paying for timeshares without getting scammed in the process? [more inside]
posted by gardenbex on Jun 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Buying a used iPad and not getting ripped off - help!

I want to buy a used iPad - third or fourth generation, and avoid Apple's high refurbished prices. What should I know? Where and how should I look? How to avoid eBay scams? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for sites that expose scammers, funding fraud, etc

I recently read through the Warrior Eli Hoax site within a couple of hours. Unfortunately, the site owner has been on break for 7 months or so. Anyone know of similiar sites? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Apr 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Trustworthy sources to buy Frontline for dogs on the Internet?

This question is for all the great dog owners out there on metafilter. I need to buy Frontline for my dog, but I've read lots of scary stuff about people buying fake and counterfeit frontline when they try to get it through Amazon or other online sources. I know I can just get it thru my vet, but first I thought I would check and see if there -is- a trustworthy source to get it (relatively) cheap online. So, who if anyone sells the real stuff cheap on the internet? (Shipped to the US) Thanks!
posted by skjønn on Mar 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Why am I suddenly on the world's creepiest mailing list?

A couple weeks ago I randomly received an email from what appeared to be a "disposable" email address (string-of-alphanumerics@guerrillamail.com). It contained a number of "tinypic" image links, none of which I followed, along with some incredibly creepy text that compelled me to report it to the NCMEC CyberTipline. I'd assume it was a fluke, but for the fact that both my primary email addresses ended up BCCed on this nonsense. How worried should I be? How did this happen? Is this "type" of email part of a known scam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me stop a guy who stole my info & is using my name to scam people.

So, one week ago I posted an ad on the website "HotPads", advertising my house in Portland for rent, for $2395. A few days later, I noticed that someone had posted a duplicate ad of my listing, but for $1900. People then started knocking on my door (the address on my ad), all saying the same thing -- telling me about a guy in Brooklyn, NY, who is USING MY NAME, posing as me, sending people emails and talking with them on the phone, trying to scam them into sending him a deposit for my house. Gah! [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jan 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Is the website unopenedsavings.com a scam?

I've been looking at some toys for the kids for Christmas and this site, http://www.unopenedsavings.com keeps coming up with prices way cheaper then a lot of other online retailers. However, I've never heard of it and the site itself seems a little "scammy". Any thoughts? Thanks
posted by senseofsurreal on Dec 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Did my mom just get scammed?

A strange man approached my mom at work tonight claiming to be from Verizon, asked for her by name, and insisted she take a backup battery charger from him. (Full story with additional weird details below the fold.) This is surely some sort of scam, but how? Have you heard of this happening to anyone else? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 16, 2013 - 39 answers

Fire Extinquishers

How do I go about getting fire extinguishers inspected by a reputable company? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Jan 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Is this a legitimate article?

I was sent an msnbc article about jobs in America which reads a little suspicious. No luck with a simple "whois" search. Can anyone verify the veracity of this site? [more inside]
posted by Telf on Nov 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Point stealing bots and trolls: how can I tell the difference?

Malware steals bonus points from rightful winners. True or False? My SO has been harassed and de-be-friended on Facebook for stealong bonus points. She didn't do it. Or did she? [more inside]
posted by mule98J on Nov 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Do you really need a *certified* instructor to teach doodling?

What is the straight dope on zentangle? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

You're only pretending to be my friend

For the past week or so I have been receiving phishing emails at my non-Facebook email account which appear to be from my Facebook friends. The sender's name is one of my Facebook friends, but the email addresses are not their real email address. The subject line reads FOR (MY FIRST NAME) and the message contains a link (which I never click, of course). Clearly there has been some access to my friend list and my email address. I am not using any apps on Facebook, and never give apps access to my info—my privacy settings are pretty locked down, or so I thought. Facebook is absolutely no help on this. I can't find a way to even report this to them because their reporting mechanism asks for links and there are none. I've changed my password, and locked down my privacy settings even more. Any ideas about how this happened and how to fix the security hole?
posted by ljshapiro on Aug 31, 2012 - 19 answers

How do I find a list of legitimate overseas English teaching opportunities?

After decided not to go to law school this fall, I find myself somewhat at loose ends, and have decided to look into teaching overseas. Google searches have led me to a confusing plethora of programs, as well as to endless warnings of scams of all types. Is there some sort of centralized database of 'clean' programs, and if so, where might I find it? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Jul 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Is this famous investment scam real or fiction?

A crooked stockbroker sends newsletters to 1000 people; half the newsletters say stock A will go up, half say it goes down. Stock A goes down. He sends 500 new newsletters to the people who got a correct prediction about stock A; half of the new newsletters say stock B is going up, half say it's going down. He then sends 250 more newsletters... etc. Eventually there's a handful of people who've gotten eight straight correct picks from him, and those suckers invest their life savings. Has this scam ever been carried out in real life, or is it just a story? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Why would a convenience store always ring up the wrong price?

Workers at this one convenience store always charge slightly more than the stated price. What is the scam here? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 2, 2012 - 24 answers

Facebook scams?

I've noticed a lot more 'chain letter' type stuff in my Facebook news feed recently. "See what happens when you press L!" for example, or any number of apps which will create data visualizations of your profile. What (if any) is the financial motivation behind this? I have a feeling that these may be used to gain access to large numbers of profile names, or (in the case of apps) get data-mining access to private profiles. Is this the case, or is it more innocuous than that?
posted by codacorolla on Apr 23, 2012 - 1 answer

examples of people who have asked for monetary help online who were lying?

Can anyone point me to write-ups of people asking online for donations for "my medical bills" or "a sick friend" which turned out to be lies? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

You don't scam Indians?

Can someone throw some light on this (possibly) tourist scam in Bali? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

I may have infected my computer with a trojan. Help me get rid of it.

I absent mindedly opened an e-mail from the "United States Post Office" claiming that a package I had sent on the 12th had an incorrect address. Then I clicked on the attachment and that's when I realized I had done a very bad, stupid thing because the USPS doesn't have my e-mail for any reason. Yahoo's e-mail did a scan and it said the attachment was clean. Google tells me that this is a trojan. I'm running Malwarebytes as I type. What else should I do? [more inside]
posted by Constance Mirabella on Nov 18, 2011 - 14 answers

How much would you pay for a dead Xbox?

I just bought a new xBox, due to a 3 segment red rings of death that was not a faulty power supply. Somebody on Craigslist locally is offering $35 for red ringed xBoxes. Anybody have an idea on what his angle might be? I'd like $35 dollars, but it's not that important to me that I'm willing to contribute to some sort of scam by supplying the raw materials for it.
posted by COD on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Advice for finding good sublet->rental on E/F train in manhattan.

NYC Realestate filter. Best ways to find an apartment sublet this August, and then a rental. Must be on the E/F subway line. Questions about subletting/renting -> Clinton/MidtownEast/LIC-queens neighborhoods follow. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on May 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Desperately seeking scams

Where can I find accounts of scams? Confidence games, accounting frauds, fingers in the till -- really any schemes that steal by deception rather than violence. Sure, I could scan the crime blotters of newspapers, but I want more efficient access to this knowledge. (No, I'm not a scammer, I'm a writer.)
posted by LonnieK on May 2, 2011 - 18 answers

Providence? Or Scaminence?

Providence? Or Scaminence? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Apr 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't even think about doing whatever you were going to do.

Why does this package of batteries have a "Intended for sale at (STORE X) only" sticker on it? [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email on Mar 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Safety tips without pop-ups/unders

Please recommend good websites and blogs about computer/internet/social media security issues, someplace where I can find out about the latest scams, phishing attempts, malware, etc. I don't really like Snopes, due to the pop-under ads (what is up with that, anyway?). Thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Something isn't right - I think

[ScamFilter] I never sell on Craigslist but I did put something up for sale. I got this response. Is this a scam? Thanks for your response. I'm going on a vacation to London but I will instruct my assistant to prepare and mail your payment which I'm sure you will get in about 4 - 6 business days. I'll add $20 extra for the delay. I'll pay by M O or cashier check so send me your info (i.e full name, mailing address and your phone number) so payment can be mailed out immediately. I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment. Awaiting your info. Thanks My gut says it is but can't figure the angle. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Jan 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Robocall using my cell number in scam.

Some scammer is using my cell phone number as a call back #. People get robo-calls claiming to be from a "correctional facility", ask for credit card information and then give my number as a call back. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Dec 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Scam phishing for personal data or the greatest apartment find in history?

Scam phishing for personal data or the greatest apartment find in history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me stop the bastards

Something called "IRS Tax Relief Helpline" sends me junk text messages every day from a different number. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the catch in these email scams?

What's the scam in these responses to a craigslist ad I posted? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Aug 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Vacation rental from an owner--is this a scam?

I decided to try vacation rentals from an owner for an upcoming trip, but am now getting cold feet about being scammed. [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Aug 4, 2010 - 24 answers

Are all research papers for sale companies a scam? (I want to work for one, not buy from one).

I'm a PhD candidate who just got hired to (ghost)write academic essays for a company. The pay is fine, and I've been emailing with a real person. Their website also seems legit, and they explicitly told me that this is legal. Could it still be a scam? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester on Jun 7, 2010 - 24 answers

Maintaining Transparency

How do professionals uncover fraud, scams, and corruption? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on Apr 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Typo or Scam - 23 Hour Service??

What does the term "23 Hour Service" when used by the service & repair industry? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Feb 22, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm looking for some really bad ideas.

What are examples of clearly *sketchy* situations and scams that you want to avoid at all costs? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Feb 9, 2010 - 64 answers

Saveur subscription scam savvy?

A free trial magazine offer has turned into collection agency threats. Is this something I need to worry about, and what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Feb 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Share your confidence game stories

Have you been conned? Would you share your story? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts on Oct 16, 2009 - 88 answers

Wants to work hunting scammers

Someone I know wants to find a job as the person who is portrays themselves as seeking housing or employment, and is either preferred or discriminated against because of their race, sex, age, etc. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Thank-you reward scam?

We received a "Thank-you reward notice" bearing the logo of a retailer that we thought was legitimate. It offers a number of "valuable items" as a "reward" for being a good customer. But close inspection suggests otherwise. [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Oct 5, 2009 - 5 answers

How much trouble am I in?

So, I inadvertently sent my phone number and address to a Craigslist Scammer. What problems could this pose me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 - 4 answers

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