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"Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks "

Postby wilpat » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:57 pm

"Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks"

Is this a scam?
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby sscritic » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:00 pm

If the weird trick is to marry someone with benefits much much larger than yours would be so you can file as a spouse, it is not a scam. Marrying for SS benefits may or may not be considered weird.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby wilpat » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:04 pm

Nah! I'm not doing that -- I've been married enough time already! :happy

I see this stuff advertised all of the times and it is on the radio also. It sounds like a scam???
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby ajcp » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:07 pm

It's probably something dumb like waiting until you're 70 to collect or working longer. Provocative taglines get people to check out whatever their selling.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby EmergDoc » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:10 pm

Yea, it's just waiting to file or filing at a separate time from your spouse. Once you start publishing stuff on the internet you learn that titling things like that get your stuff read by 10 times as many people. People are suckers for lists too....10 ways to beat the taxman in 2014! for example.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby cheese_breath » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:14 pm

Well, here's what you get when you enter "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks" in Google.

http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/frank ... Mgodn2IAiA

I'd call it a scam.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby ajcp » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:15 pm

EmergDoc wrote:10 ways to beat the taxman in 2014! for example.


1. Get a huge mortgage. You'll pay a lot of interest, and you can get a quarter of it back in less taxes!
2. In you have any gambling winnings, get some gambling losses to avoid paying taxes on the winnings!

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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby sscritic » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:15 pm

cheese_breath wrote:Well, here's what you get when you enter "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks" in Google.

http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/frank ... Mgodn2IAiA

I'd call it a scam.

I usually google, but in this case I didn't want to infect my computer.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby cheese_breath » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:19 pm

sscritic wrote:
cheese_breath wrote:Well, here's what you get when you enter "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks" in Google.

http://w3.newsmax.com/newsletters/frank ... Mgodn2IAiA

I'd call it a scam.

I usually google, but in this case I didn't want to infect my computer.

I did it on my Chromebook to be safe.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby Greenie » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:24 pm

When I see the source is Newsmax I don't bother.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby wilpat » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:24 pm

Thanks to all you've confirmed my suspicions.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby nisiprius » Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:45 pm

Does anyone know the inventor of the "weird trick" meme? The first time I saw it was "weird old trick of [sic] a flat belly."

It is really brilliant. I'm completely serious about that. It belongs right up there with the Energizer bunny, the Marlboro Man or "I Dreamed I Walked Down Fifth Avenue in my Maidenform Bra." Even though you know it's a scam, you still want to know what it is.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby Gus » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:24 pm

There's an article in The Atlantic about Jesse WIllms, who has made a fortune with "one weird trick" ads. The trick is that you give him your credit card number and he charges you hundreds of dollars in fees. When you complain you find that you agreed to the fees in the fine print that you didn't read. The trick is on you.

The article doesn't spend much time talking about why these ads work so well. That was answered in a studied funded by Microsoft a few years ago. Did you ever wonder why scammers keep using the same scams even though "everyone" knows that they're scams? They do it because if you find a person who falls for a scam even though it's a well-known scam, you know that you have a real sucker on your hands. Send out 10 million "Nigerian prince" emails. Almost all of them will be deleted immediately. But a few people will think "This is easy money". Those people will practically beg you to take their money. With a couple billion people on the internet it's not too hard to find enough of these people to earn you a very good living.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby Sheepdog » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:03 pm

Greenie wrote:When I see the source is Newsmax I don't bother.

Definitely good advice.
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Re: "Weird Trick Adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks

Postby investingdad » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:52 pm

Ugh, I hate those ads. Here are some other examples:

"One Weird Trick to Cut bellyfat"
"One Weird Trick to cut your auto insurance"
"One Weird Trick that Dentists hate"
"Housewife discovers One Weird Trick to cut white teeth"
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