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  •  I meet a lot of low-tech people in my work (17+ / 0-)

    I install phones for people with hearing loss that caption incoming conversations. It requires both Internet and telephone service to work. Since hearing loss is primarily an age related disease I end up installing a lot of phones for people who are 80+. I met a woman the other day who is still paying for AOL - $20/month every month for a service that basically is the same thing Yahoo! does for free. I asked her why and she replied, "because I know AOL and I'm comfortable with it.".

    It's not hard to find low-tech people to prey on. There are lots of people who do not understand that whole Internet thing.


    Voting straight party D 'til there's no GOP...
    Oh and the name is Jim, not Tim, the user name is a typo

    by jusjtim35 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 09:55:02 AM PST

    •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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      My guess is a lot of these scams really are apolitical; it seems to me there's plenty of people just trying to score a buck - similar to the books on "free money from the government" about federal grants.  They're basically taking advantage of a change in government policy to scare or entice people into buying something that will help them "benefit" or "understand" the system.

      BTW - I have experience with the infamous AOL client...  Always an older person, and it makes sending files almost impossible.  They're typically the ones that still want to fax you everything.  ;)  The fact that they charge so much money for such a bogus service is really pathetic.

      "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

      by La Gitane on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 11:04:23 AM PST

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    •  Do you still need to pay AOL (0+ / 0-)

      to keep the e-mail address? I can see not wanting to change the e-mail that everyone has for you. Doing that is a major pain in the ass.

      "If you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. If you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies"

      by Donkey Hotey on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 11:31:04 AM PST

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      •  Haven't paid for the e-mail address for years (1+ / 0-)
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        I was one of the first dial-up AOL subscribers (1992, 486 computer, ran in DOS) and had a really short username that was only letters and was a short version of my name. When we got cable internet I kept the e-mail address for a reduced fee. Then because it was also my AIM handle, I got to keep just that for free. Then when AOL made e-mail free, I managed to reinstate my address as the old one. I think they had also given it to someone else in the meantime, but that crossed wire seemed to disappear a couple years ago. But it was getting hundreds of spam messages a day for a while and I rarely used it.

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