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@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)

...what?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:16 AM)

Why is something for kids and "kids at heart" so bad? :(

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 January 2018 - 09:05 PM)

I vote kidnap Reggie.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 07:20 PM)

Just post it on the net.. Or maybe kidnapp Reggie and make them do a Nintendo Direct about it. ;)

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2018 - 06:50 PM)

Rent a space and do a webcast?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 January 2018 - 06:22 PM)

They could just do a panel at RI ComicCon or something.

@  abates : (16 January 2018 - 05:51 PM)

I wonder how they'll do the Hall of Fame this year without a convention to hold the award ceremony at.

@  B-Fox : (16 January 2018 - 01:33 PM)

metalhawk

@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 01:21 PM)

I love RotF Mixmaster, if that means anything.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 January 2018 - 12:42 PM)

Ehh.. when they get to complicated.. it gets annoying. PotP Optimus is decent. Rodimus pushes it just a little.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:32 PM)

Part of the appeal of Transformers for me has always been the mechanical puzzle angle, so I really enjoyed the ROTF/TF2010 line when that angle hit its zenith.

@  Locoman : (16 January 2018 - 12:31 PM)

I'm probably one of the few people who really enjoys complicated, fiddly transformations.

@  Steevy Maximus : (16 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

Some were decent, but many suffered from that "collector mentality" where it just LOOKED good in both modes...but the engineering was complex merely for the sake of it.

@  Shrug : (16 January 2018 - 10:30 AM)

Huh. That's dissapointing. I had completely missed the Alternators and had just always assumed they were good based on how they looked in photos.

@  Pennpenn : (16 January 2018 - 03:34 AM)

I liked the Alternator Tracks mold. I think everyone agrees the Grimjack mold was just kinda shit even if you didn't care about it being Grimlock as a car.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:16 PM)

My local dept. store Shopko always seemed to get a few late run gems, like Blast Attack Optimus Primal and hard to find collection 2 Revenge of the Sith toys.

@  Steevy Maximus : (15 January 2018 - 09:15 PM)

Still wish I had snagged that extra Swerve I saw on clearance at Shopko, though

@  RichardT1977 : (15 January 2018 - 08:50 PM)

Smokescreen was the only Alternator I ever got.

@  Telly : (15 January 2018 - 07:24 PM)

i sold all my alternators last year

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 January 2018 - 05:27 PM)

Hound isn't bad, and, uh........

@  Paladin : (15 January 2018 - 05:23 PM)

there's only like 3 Alternator molds at most that still hold up...


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#1 Jeremy

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:18 AM

So I get a message in my "other" messages on Facebook the other day, which means someone not on my friends list, from this guy:

https://www.facebook.com/loveforht

Don't know him from a load of coal since he lives in Vietnam of all places, but he's messaged me basically saying "Hey Jeremy, here's your home address information, please confirm". I ask what's going on and what this is in regards to, and he pulls out even MORE information. Cell phone number, debit card number except for the last two digits (XX), card expiration date, card security number. When I ask him what's going on and where he got the information, he proceeds to tell me he's trying to figure out the reason my information was published online I guess, and keeps insisting I need to check my records for transaction with an online shopping website for 4/27/2011. When I say I don't really use my debit card for shopping online much, he keeps pursuing the April thing repeatedly, expanding the date parameters.

I've called and deactivated my debit card by this point, the lady on the phone did say there might be a suspicious charge attempt for Google, since I don't use that for anything finance-related. I keep pressing the guy about who he is, and why this is any of his business. He keeps pressing for wanting to know about any shopping done in my April records, which really only include some Paypal deposits into my account, and one with Fun Publications/transformersclub.com. That one was listed as charged on the 29th in my online account records, but the actual transaction could have happened on the 27th for all I know.

He still fails to tell me what's going on, or why he's so interested, so I told him thanks for the heads up on the card security issue but that we're done as far as I'm concerned. I kind of feel like I need to report this to Facebook, the authorities, or both, but I'm not sure how to go about that at all. Figured there's a pretty big experience pool here at the Allspark, so wanted to see what people think.

I've gone ahead and contacted Fun Pub about this.

Edited by Jeremy, 16 January 2012 - 11:27 AM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE(Jeremy @ Jan 16 2012, 03:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I get a message in my "other" messages on Facebook the other day, which means someone not on my friends list, from this guy:

https://www.facebook.com/loveforht

Don't know him from a load of coal since he lives in Vietnam of all places, but he's messaged me basically saying "Hey Jeremy, here's your home address information, please confirm". I ask what's going on and what this is in regards to, and he pulls out even MORE information. Cell phone number, debit card number except for the last two digits (XX), card expiration date, card security number. When I ask him what's going on and where he got the information, he proceeds to tell me he's trying to figure out the reason my information was published online I guess, and keeps insisting I need to check my records for transaction with an online shopping website for 4/27/2011. When I say I don't really use my debit card for shopping online much, he keeps pursuing the April thing repeatedly, expanding the date parameters.

I've called and deactivated my debit card by this point, the lady on the phone did say there might be a suspicious charge attempt for Google, since I don't use that for anything finance-related. I keep pressing the guy about who he is, and why this is any of his business. He keeps pressing for wanting to know about any shopping done in my April records, which really only include some Paypal deposits into my account, and one with Fun Publications/transformersclub.com. That one was listed as charged on the 29th in my online account records, but the actual transaction could have happened on the 27th for all I know.

He still fails to tell me what's going on, or why he's so interested, so I told him thanks for the heads up on the card security issue but that we're done as far as I'm concerned. I kind of feel like I need to report this to Facebook, the authorities, or both, but I'm not sure how to go about that at all. Figured there's a pretty big experience pool here at the Allspark, so wanted to see what people think.

I've gone ahead and contacted Fun Pub about this.


Talk to your card company's fraud department. They should handle it from there.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:14 PM

Do you have identity theft insurance? Reading this makes me think I should get some.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:31 PM

No identity theft insurance. When I call about getting my replacement debit card, I'm going to ask them if there are any steps that they're going to take.

I'm really pretty convinced it was the Transformers Club website to blame now, because there just aren't a lot of other candidates around that time, and I think they have all my information in their system as it was presented to me by the mysterious man from Vietnam. I mainly only shop with BBTS online, and that's my credit card, not my debit card. Paypal is about all I use otherwise.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:08 PM

When was your last transaction at the club site? That has me concerned as well.

I'm glad that thus far your bank account seems not to have taken a hit. A very odd and unnerving situation.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:38 PM

The bank will be able to pull up more details on your POS transactions for those dates. I'd contact them.
Also, I believe credit cards are much better protected against fraud than debit cards when it comes to claiming back funds.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:01 PM

QUOTE(Jeremy @ Jan 16 2012, 03:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No identity theft insurance. When I call about getting my replacement debit card, I'm going to ask them if there are any steps that they're going to take.

I'm really pretty convinced it was the Transformers Club website to blame now, because there just aren't a lot of other candidates around that time, and I think they have all my information in their system as it was presented to me by the mysterious man from Vietnam. I mainly only shop with BBTS online, and that's my credit card, not my debit card. Paypal is about all I use otherwise.



Very well may be. I had a VERY sophisticated phishing attempt made on me the day after my registration. Had someone call up, claiming to be Bank of America's fraud department. They attempted to get information from me regarding account number. They made the mistake of asking for expiration date and the CVV. Cue skidding brakes/record needle scratch noise. I told them I had forgotten and didn't have the card with me, at which point they attempted to get information about 'other' accounts. They said that they were going to close the account and issue a replacement card.

I called Bank of America directly and discussed it with them -- the 800 number wasn't on their records anywhere for their fraud department OR for FIA card services, which issue the card. He said that vendors would often cancel blocks of cards if they believe their information has been compromised, and the credit card companies would reissue cards. So the most likely scenario was that info was intercepted, and then the folks that got a hold of the credit card info were trying to capitalize on it by CALLING the people whose info they had stolen in an attempt to get more (enough) info to be able to make actual fraudulent charges before the vendor contacted the card company. On top of that, they add a mock fraudulent charge to the list, which the target can't verify online since the actual bank has halted the account.

And guess what? THEY can pull up details of transactions too! So they come off as legit because they have info that most people wouldn't expect anyone except the card company to know. They know enough about how the vendors and credit cards interact with each other to be able to bluff their way through conversations with the victim, presenting themselves as authorities, and can 'assure' them that they will cancel the card and reissue one -- which the bank was already doing on its own!

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

QUOTE(^0^CORVUS^o^ @ Jan 16 2012, 09:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When was your last transaction at the club site? That has me concerned as well.

I'm glad that thus far your bank account seems not to have taken a hit. A very odd and unnerving situation.


I imagine it's only been Botcon registration recently, and then that transaction toward the end of April of 2011. I don't really buy other items from the club store except for renewing membership, club exclusives, and Botcon.

For what it's worth, Angie from Fun Pub emailed me back and said she's transferred the information to the appropriate parties. I hate to accuse them, but they're the most likely candidate, and we all know they might not be the most secure website out there. icon-wildride.gif
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:35 PM

Ugh, yeah.

In future, unless FunPub improves the site, I think I'll stick to purchasing VISA gift cards and such for transactions with them.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:47 PM

Wasn't there a situation a while back where some site was showing other people's info who tried to log in there?

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:56 PM

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Wasn't there a situation a while back where some site was showing other people's info who tried to log in there?


Yep...if I'm not mistaken, it was the Club Store during the SDCC Alternators Nemesis Prime fiasco.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 06:09 PM

That's what I thought but I didn't want to say because I wasn't sure. I remember being worried something like this could happen.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

So I'm pretty well convinced that it's the Transformers Club website, the fact the guy had my cell phone number is kind of a dead giveaway because that's in my information on the club site at checkout. Do you guys think he was trying to get me to name a specific website for some sinister reason, like maybe finding out a good place that would be easy pickings to dig for further personal information? I specifically made sure not to give him anything, not knowing him from a load of coal, and the way he pursued getting me to give him any scrap of information from my records was a big red flag for me.

I need to renew my club membership, too. Not really dying to plug my credit card number in there, or my new debit card when I get it. :-\

Edited by Jeremy, 16 January 2012 - 09:44 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

Hrm.



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:29 AM

If you want to renew, I'd go with Corvus' suggestion and use a prepaid card of some sort.

If it were me, I'd refuse to do any further business with the club and let them know specifically why.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:32 AM

Unless the guy was trying to extort money from you, or didn't HAVE those last two digits (unlikely, but who knows), it seems to me this guy really did you a huge favour.

Generally, malicious users don't WANT you to know they have your details. The longer you don't know, the better.

In fact, if what he told you was accurate, it's too late for you to do anything about a charge from April of last year, with most credit providers. So it's all a bit weird, and I honestly think he may have been doing you a favour.

And really, how DO you tell a stranger you know all their credit card details? It's gonna seem creepy however you say it.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:10 AM

Well, the guy also refused to really give me any context for what was going on, or who he was, though I acknowledge he could have faked it and said anything he wanted. Pretty much why at the end, after he kept pursuing his desire for information on what websites I'd bought from, I said thanks for the heads up, but we're done here.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:03 PM

Well this is pretty scary as I just rejoined the club last month using my credit card. I've already had my info stolen once and had to deal with $1500 in charges already...I'd rather not hafta go through that garbage again. Guess I need to check my cc balance every day to keep an eye on it.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:06 PM

every month, i go through and itemize everything on my credit card. I also make all purchases either on my credit card or with cash, never my debit card. It's easier to fix problems with credit than to try to get your own money back once it's withdrawn.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:06 PM

Wow - this is pretty crazy. I think I joined the club in late March last year. I only remember I wanted to wait until after the cutoff for the Sideburn because I didn't want another Hot Rod mold. And then I purchased the Cheetor and Ramjet.

edit - paid with my credit card (on April 28th...) so hopefully if anything squirrelly pops up now it will be covered.

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