The next scam is a lot like the one that sent us to the desert last summer, when the company responsible for running our vacation got in trouble.
It was the second time in three years we’d been scamming our way through Palm Desert, and we were already in a bad spot.
It started with the company using the wrong company name, with the same exact company, and a single, generic email address.
We sent it to the address it was supposed to go to, and received a response saying, “Sorry, we’ve been hacked.
We apologize for the inconvenience.”
It wasn’t our company, but our employer.
It seemed like a harmless mistake.
Then, the company emailed us asking us to provide additional details about our company’s history.
It also asked us to verify our identity.
We never got to do this.
We thought it was just a routine mistake.
And we weren’t worried.
But then we got an email asking us for our financial information.
The email said we had to confirm our identity, but we didn’t know who we were, and what we did.
We had a problem.
The company’s email had been hacked, and the company had been scampering around in the desert with fake identity documents.
I was skeptical at first, but I was more worried about what we were being asked to provide.
I had never used a social media account to connect with people, and I had never heard of such a scam.
I had been in the Valley for years and had never been scammed by a scammy company.
I checked out the company’s website and quickly realized we’d stumbled onto an old, poorly executed scam.
We had no idea who we’d contacted or what we’d gotten.
And the company seemed to be operating from a different address than it did in years past.
A few days later, we found out that Palm Desert Resort had been caught scamming and scamming again.
We were being scammed again.
But this time, we’d be getting our money back.
As I read through the email, I could see the company was using the same old, generic address for all three emails.
The only difference was the company name was Palm Desert.
We’d received the same email.
We contacted the company through our Facebook page.
They confirmed the email was ours.
We were happy to be back on our vacation.
As we waited for them to confirm it, we tried to do our homework.
Did we have any personal information we’d provided?
Was this a legitimate company?
And if so, did they have the right address?
I contacted them back through the website.
They gave me an answer.
They had our name and our email address, but not their actual location.
So, we decided to get to work.
We got to the company and asked them for the address.
We explained that we’d had no contact with them for years.
And they’d never answered our questions about us.
They gave us a different, more generic address, and told us to go back to our email account and check out the information.
I didn’t have any contact information or a real address, so I went back to the site and checked.
They had the wrong address.
And it didn’t make sense.
Palm Desert was a resort owned by the same company.
The location information was the same.
The email was the exact same.
And neither was the real address.
So we checked out a third-party website that lists the addresses of vacation rentals and vacation companies.
It had the same address as Palm Desert’s website.
I sent them an email saying I was ready to make a call.
They told me I had to call their customer service department.
They were a bit embarrassed, but they promised they’d get back to me.
We called their customer care line.
We asked if we could speak to someone in the customer service office.
They said they couldn’t speak to anyone in the office.
We told them it was a scam and told them we were not willing to pay.
They refused to give us an address.
Then we called back, this time with the real information.
We told them that we didn`t want to make an account, but if we gave them the right information, they’d give us our money.
We wanted to be sure we got the right info, so we called a lawyer who was an expert on fraud.
We tried to find someone who would take the case and get the right data.
I found someone who worked for Palm Desert who had handled more than a dozen similar scam cases.
I called him.
He called back and said the same thing.
The problem was this: We were not the one scammed.
It was Palm Beach.
So the next time I was scamming, I tried to use the same approach.
The next time we were scammed, I used a different tactic.
This time, I was the one getting