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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

We have more regulations each year than last and I think the amount of dumb shit done every year is pretty constant. That isn't to say it wouldn't increase if the regulations disappeared, but I do think that regulations try to plug the hole the last clever scam artist figured out and there is no shortage of yet to be uncovered holes that are or will be exploited.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:The Tom Clancy solution (160 comments)

... only to find out that the mercenaries were really scammers who took his money and skipped town.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:*sigh* A fool and their money... (160 comments)

Guess what happens when you tell people they are gullible or fools? They get defensive and mad at you. Part of me wants the scammers in jail, the other part realizes that we don't have enough jail cells and it wouldn't matter because a fool and his money are soon parted. I Person X doesn't scam them out of their money then Person Y or Z will. It's just a matter of when and for how much, not if.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:Checks (160 comments)

They don't pay the FedEx fee, they use stolen FedEx account numbers.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:Some fool *tried* that on me on "postaroo"... a (160 comments)

Banks facilitate the payment of checks drawn on other banks. They are not in the business or compensated for taking the risk that the check you give them is bad.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:Some fool *tried* that on me on "postaroo"... a (160 comments)

Check21 created the legal framework to allow for check truncation. Your bank never "clears" a check, checks are only paid at the bank they are drawn on. My bank gives me instant access to all my check deposits but I don't labor under the delusion that means the checks have cleared. The bank a check is drawn on generally doesn't do much more than see if the account has enough funds and relies on its customers to inform them if a particular check that was presented was fraudulent, this can take some time. You always remain responsible for bad checks that you give to someone else, within the statute of limitations. The same is true of many things. Let's say you had a rare coin and sold it to me for $500 and 6 months later I sold it to someone else for $600. That someone else took the coin into a dealer 3 months after that to have it appraised and is informed that it was a fake. That person has legal recourse to recover the $600 from me and I in turn have legal recourse to recover the $500 I paid to you for the fake coin. That 9 months have passed doesn't matter, that you thought the coin was real doesn't matter, that I thought the coin was real also doesn't matter. Just because you got a bank to give you money for a bad check doesn't shift responsibility for the loss from you to the bank. So as to make it clear, when you accept a check from someone you are taking on a risk that the check is bad. Don't take checks from strangers or people you know who might stiff you.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

naughtynaughty Re:Some fool *tried* that on me on "postaroo"... a (160 comments)

Banks don't have time to make a phone call for every check you deposit, it is your responsibility to only accept checks from people you know so you can recover the funds if the check bounces. Your bank's job is to submit the check on your behalf to the bank it was drawn on and request that it be paid. You clearly are gullible and were fleeced, that isn't the bank's fault it is your fault. But because I'm a really nice guy I'd like to let you know that I have many contacts in the scammer community and believe I know the person who fleeced you. I can help you recover all your money but will need a $100 retainer sent via MoneyGram and will only keep 10% of the amount I recover. Reply for details.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Anthropometrics (813 comments)

Either one of two statements is true: 1) Access to air travel is essential to people of all economic means. 2) Air travel is a luxury. neither of those statements need be true, stating that one is true isn't true Access to air travel is not essential to people of all economic means AND air travel is not a luxury

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Rights (813 comments)

Do you see any limits to those accommodations? The 7' 10" guy has to be accommodated, the 850lb man has to be accommodated? How do you propose they manage that? They measure you at the gate? Will sales of elevator shoes take off when people realize they can get a premium seat by being a bit taller? Does the 6' 0.5" person feel slighted because he gets a regular seat while his buddy who is 1/2" taller gets 5" of extra legroom for free? There is already a very simple solution already in place. If you desire, for whatever reason, extra legroom you purchase a premium legroom seat. There, problem solved. At least for everyone but that 850lb man who is simply too large to safely accommodate.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Reclining should be banned in coach. (813 comments)

Are you aware that in at least one of the cases of airborne anger over reclining seats they WERE in the premium Economy Plus seats? If I want a seat that reclines I purchase a seat that reclines, there are at least 12 seats on every modern jet that don't recline. I avoid those. If you want a seat with out someone sitting in front of you reclining then kindly purchase such a seat. There are at least 18 seats in every modern jet that don't have a reclining seat in front of them. There, problem solved.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:I never recline anyway BUT (813 comments)

All seats are limited in their reclining. Now you want a "programmable" seat? One more thing to go wrong that requires power. Bad idea. If you want a seat that doesn't have someone reclining in front of you then select that seat. There are at least 18 on every 737+ size jet. If you have extra long legs you can also purchase a premium seat that gives you more room.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (813 comments)

When have the rich, or to be more accurate the more affluent, NOT been able to purchase a premium product whether it be on an airplane, a boat or a train? Why does that dismay you so much?

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Wait a minute, a few years ago I recall and AA (813 comments)

When the FAA regulates seat pitch then airline prices go up. What is really needed is for you to recognize that the free market already provides you with the choice of a seat with greater seat pitch. If you want more leg room, pay for it. If you are satisfied with the legroom of a standard seat, you don't have to pay the higher price.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re: (813 comments)

So every seat needs to accommodate a 7' 10" man or someone who is 800lbs as well or do you admit that there are limits and having limits on seat size doesn't imply discrimination? How is it that the airlines discriminate against people who are 6' 1" when they never see you when you purchase a ticket? Do they pull out a tape measure at the gate, measure you and discriminate against you there? Or is it not a case of discrimination at all but merely you don't LIKE the product they are selling and what a DIFFERENT product they are selling (Economy Plus) but believe you should be able to have that premium product for the same price? I think what the 1960's taught us is that not everything is discrimination just because some things are. For example, if you have a king size appetite to go with your king size frame you still get the same size hamburger at McDonalds for your $2.49 as a petite woman does. That isn't due to discrimination but in fact is due to McDonald's NOT discriminating on the basis of size.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Anthropometrics (813 comments)

Here's a tip, if you aren't in first class and are larger than 5' 9" and are anything more than average in weight you will not fit "comfortably" in your seat. You will be touching the person next to you and you won't characterize your seat as comfortable or the experience of flying as "fun". It is a means of transportation that is pretty fast and relatively inexpensive. It isn't an adventure, fun or comfortable. It won't at all be like sitting on your couch or being in your recliner. You'll be glad when the flight is over and won't say "Damn, I wish I could just stay in this seat another 5 hours" If that is too much to bear then pay the premium for a premium seat pitch seat. Get on the plane early and sit in a regular seat with the seat in front of you full reclined, then sit in your premium seat and compare the difference and price premium. Then make your choice.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Anthropometrics (813 comments)

Since all airplanes already have seats that don't recline wouldn't it be easier for people to simply pick a seat behind one of those seats if it is important enough to them?

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Anthropometrics (813 comments)

Where do they enforce that penalty? I'm 6' tall and nobody from the airline has ever told me that I'm going to be penalized and forced to buy a more expensive ticket. I usually sit in Economy Plus, thanks to my frequent travel on a single airline but I've traveled in regular coach seats for 5 hr flights and while certainly not as roomy I didn't feel like I'd suffered. I put on my headphones, reclined my seat and went to sleep. I'd recommend you do the same on your next flight instead of stewing the entire flight about some perceived injustice the airline was imposing on you.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Yup (813 comments)

It apparently is tolerable enough as it absolutely doesn't force most passengers to purchase the premium seating as most passengers do not purchase the premium product. People choose the lower price ticket overwhelmingly. Simply stated, you can have higher ticket prices for everyone, burn more fuel per passenger mile and give everyone 35" seat pitch or you can give people a choice, more money for more room or less money for less room. Choice is good.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

naughtynaughty Re:Faulty comparison. (813 comments)

If you want a certain degree of comfort on an airline, purchase it. If you want to complain that you bought a cheap seat and aren't getting a free glass of wine like the people in the front of the plane, feel free, just don't expect sympathy. If you feel like you might have the urge to leave a plane in the air I'd suggest you stick to ground transportation, flying is no place for people who get claustrophobic or have anxiety issues.

about two weeks ago

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