I was scammed :(


HappyEastCoastr
on Jun 08, 2016 @ 02:52 am

So, I thought Twitter was verifying my account. Got an official looking invitation on Twitter. Clicked thru that - and it all looked very official, with buttons that even brought me back to Twitter and even with the Twitter logo. 

They asked for my credit card number. I don't have a card, so went and spent the $150 my dear friend across the country sent for my birthday and bought a $100 prepaid MasterCard gift card. Figured I'd kill three birds with one stone: 1. To get verified on Twitter; 2. To register my domain and 3. To get my Prime Membership with Amazon.ca.

Unfortunately, I was scammed. The funds are now depleted from the gift card - they shopped at Walmart.com, in case you were wondering. Giftcardstore.ca/mastercard was able to tell me that much - nothing else though - you know: To protect THEIR privacy. Errggh.
The only thing I was able to do was pay the $7 for my website. I hadn't even gotten the Prime Membership yet. Tried - but it didn't go through. Found out why....read above...

Ugh. Just totally and completely bummed right now. Can't believe this happened to me!! That was my friggin birthday money. This means I won't get to have Prime, so I won't be able to keep taking on more and more review challenges for Amazon as I had hoped. So registering the website was also a waste. Paying for internet to keep up my happy, peaceful hobby of hanging out here and writing reviews and coupon surfing feels like a waste right about now too. :(

Someone please tell me a happy story that will restore my faith in humanity??
 

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gypsigyrl
:-( on Jun 08, 2016 @ 06:13 am

I actually got that same email from Twitter, and I know what you mean about it looking very official... it really did, unlike some other scam ones that have been around lately (my husband got a fake PayPal email last night, too).

I don't have a happy story off the top of my head for you right now (sorry - no coffee ingested yet), but I definitely understand how you feel.

I am, however, a big believer in that everything comes full circle.. keep up your "hanging out here" hobby and coupon surfing... maybe you'll end up with one of the random gift cards that sometimes get awarded!
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wonderwhatif
. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 07:41 am

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about that. Report it to the police and while I don't have a feel good story, I want to say thank you for letting us all know. This could really help some of us from being scammed in the same way!
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HappyEastCoastr
thank you on Jun 08, 2016 @ 07:48 am

You're right - I am hanging out here for as long as I am able. Sharing reviews and interesting conversations with like-minded Chicks are worth the cost to hold onto the internet. I just feel pretty stupid and disappointed in myself for falling for such a trick. The silver lining will pop out eventually..
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HappyEastCoastr
.. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 08:06 am

Thanks, Lorna. Since it's a prepaid gift card that I foolishly "shared" there is nothing that can be done to track the money or the thief down.

This one will just have to be filed under my "Duh!" internal life lessons files...
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jcb75
:( on Jun 08, 2016 @ 08:06 am

People suck! I'm so sorry this happened to you
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HappyEastCoastr
. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 08:28 am

Yeh, some really do. :( It's ridiculous how emotional I feel about this though... Like, I feel violated, in a weird way... I guess I was just so flattered about the invitation to being verified on Twitter. It was such a huge deal to me...I have been on there a while and have some pretty neat followers... guess I figured Twitter was doing something to make me feel nice.. obviously the evil person could tell that Twitter meant something to me.

I just really hope nobody else falls for this scam. :(
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DEANENE
So Sorry on Jun 08, 2016 @ 11:32 am

I'm so sorry this happened to you I don't like putting my credit card or gift cards on line because of all those evil scammers they got nothing better to do than to hurt peoples feelings and scamming them out of money I wish I had a real good feel better story for you but, I don't just of the top of my head right now I hope whoever did this will get caught some day hope you feel better soon and keep chatting on the forum and searching for coupons HappyEastCoaster I'm also from the East Coast it also goes on down there and nobody deserves this no matter where they're from
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prettyrainbow
. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

Walmart? Seriously! I'm angry for you that there are people out there that go to such lengths. The internet can sometimes be a sketchy place but don't lose hope on building your website and following through with the rest of your plans because of this incident. Don't let what they did kill your spirit. Keep on the lookout for ways to earn back the amount you lost. There are lots of free survey-taking websites that allow you to earn pre-paid credit cards or have the money transferred directly to your Paypal account and if you keep at it diligently, you can earn $100 in about a month's time, maybe even more if you're really lucky with referrals.

Unfortunately or fortunately, it's a lesson learned. What I would suggest you do for any future suspicious messages, is to contact the company directly and just ask them if they are aware of such an email being sent out. Thank you for letting us know about this. I will pass the word along to others.

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Tracyr
. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 01:29 pm

Omg that's terrible ,I'm so sorry that happened to you,its a horrible world we live in where nasty people take advantage of innocent and honest people like yourself,thanks for sharing and letting us know so we can be on alert for scams like this
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christinat
. on Jun 08, 2016 @ 03:47 pm

I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. I may not have a happy story to share with you at the moment. But look at it on the bright side, you used a giftcard, imagine if you used your actual credit card? Scammers will take serious advantage of that. In this case, they can only use the amount on the giftcard and nothing more. Sure, it's money gone but you're safe and that's all that matters.
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