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    Service Manager 1,000+ Posts theengel's Avatar
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    Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    I knew this old man who had a brain tumor. He had come across one of those snake oil cures and had bought into it. I don't know what kind of 'medication' he was taking, but after he took it for a week, he was instructed to prick his finger and put some dabs of blood on a piece of paper they gave him. Then, he had to FAX that paper to them, and they would tell him whether or not the medication had worked. Yeah, that was the test. Fax a picture of his blood.

    He kept telling me, "I'm completely cured now. I have no cancer at all in my system. The medical community doesn't want this out."

    Just hearing him talk made me want to either cry or find the bastards who scammed him and insert some home made brain tumors.

    I would have pursued that, but I already knew that his doctors had said there was nothing that could be done for him anyway; so if he felt somewhat hopeful or happy, there was no harm in it. He died a few months later.

    Anyone else have some good stories concerning scams related to printers?


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    Only the usual toner pirates..this still works in bigger corporations..Years ago we did have a customer with a Canon CLC that was counterfeiting, and one of our collage campuses got hit with a virus that ran paper out of every networked MFP. Emujo


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    I remember seeing a 'Cops' episode (or some show like that) where the officers asked the crook some questions while he laid his hand on a copier tray. They would press the copier button and the copy of his hand would come out, but on the opposite side of the paper, it would say "TRUE." Then when they asked him if he was involved in the robbery, the paper came out saying "FALSE." He fell for it and confessed to everything.


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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Only toner scammers.....working on a machine one day, and the girl came back to write down the model # of the machine. I told her the toner was included in contract with us...... She then hung up on them.


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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Does HP with their after sales attitude of "We've got your money now f*** off and stop bothering us" count as a scam?

    At least 50% of IT is a solution looking for a problem.

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    Years back Mrs. blackcat asked me to make up a fictional manufacturer and model number. The toner pirates never seemed to have that type of toner on-hand. =^..^=

    If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
    1) demonstrate that you've read the manual
    2) demonstrate that you made some attempt to fix it.
    3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
    4) if you're going to ask about an error code include the error code.


    blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Like the Binford BT 6100


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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Was working on a Sharp one day, heard the lady in the office say "just a moment, my copier guy is here, I'll let you talk to him", she asked me to talk to this person asking about her machine, I picked up the phone, said "hello" and there was no one there...toner scam


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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Quote Originally Posted by vincent64 View Post
    Was working on a Sharp one day, heard the lady in the office say "just a moment, my copier guy is here, I'll let you talk to him", she asked me to talk to this person asking about her machine, I picked up the phone, said "hello" and there was no one there...toner scam
    Same thing. I understand that the seller just asks " ... to confirm the regular order of toner. I'll just need to confirm that model number. And your name is?" One such unwary customer approved two boxes of toner (each box containing 12). I'm thinking if the seller isn't too greedy, most of the scammed recipients just pay the bill and be done with it. This seller got too greedy and ended up in court. =^..^=

    If you'd like a serious answer to your request:
    1) demonstrate that you've read the manual
    2) demonstrate that you made some attempt to fix it.
    3) if you're going to ask about jams include the jam code.
    4) if you're going to ask about an error code include the error code.


    blackcat: Master Of The Obvious =^..^=

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    Re: Scams involving printers/copiers/fax

    Years ago I was in a customer's office when they realized they were hit by a toner pirate, they showed me an invoice from a place called "Your Copier Company", so I guess when they called and said, "We're calling from your copier company" they weren't lying. I seem to remember $750 for one box (2 bottles) of analog Mita toner.

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