Friday, 7 October 2016


Here you will find stuff about Scams.


The Internet is brilliant, except, with the Benefits came the Crud, the Wheedlers, Con Artists and Criminals who use it to cheat People out of Millions every year.

I will use this Post to explain some of them, and some which - unfortunately - sometimes you aren't aware of until you (almost) get involved with them.

Here's one that I discovered literally in that last 24 Hours.........

The THW Scam...........

Here you are invited to join an ever growing Group of 'Researchers' to watch TV. You are asked - apparently, it says here, allegedly, so we're told -  to review said Programs and be paid 'up to $25' a time. Note it says "Up to" not $25, so no Guarantee of a 25 Buck/Quid Gig here then.

Here's what I wrote subscribing to a Scam Reviewers Site about it......

"I signed up to this (unfortunately sometimes you have to to find out anything about it), and it all looked a bit vague. No mention of current Opportunities to subscribe to made me skeptical. This is supposed to be better than YouTube - who have HD Content - while the poor quality Video of ( probably) Actors and Actresses looked suspicious. They have a Newsfeed, but that isn't difficult, while there might be some Movies and TV Shows - but then, neither is that.

The Scam becomes apparent when you see the Certification stuff - quote; "The THWGlobal Online Sales Training and Certification Course cost $995, plus $39.95 monthly for continuing sales, motivational and technical training and education. However, for a very limited time the cost of the system is being discounted to $695, plus $39.95 monthly for our early movers. Once the promotion is over the price will go back to $995."

Shame you have to this, otherwise you get paid in Tokens - the usual Remuneration from many of these Market Research Companies if you just become an lV rather than a Certified lV.

They're trying to recruit 5,000,000 People. If all of them paid that amount they would make $5,875,000,000. You give them that amount of real Money - they might pay you in Tokens and a very ambiguous Work Rate. You're paying them to work for them! Not only that, but they get all that Data - AND your financial details if you decide to do it.

YouTube is free, and it's cheaper to buy a Cable or Satellite Package!"

So, they'd have to give you quite a few "$25" Gigs to repay the amount you give them, while Tokens won't assuage any Credit Card or Finance Company when they want their $1175/1445 back!

Then there was this one.................. based on the 419 Email Scam.

I got an Email from India from a "Widow" who claimed to be that of a wealthy Indian Businessman who wanted to give me - yep GIVE ME - $15,000,000. To achieve this I had to complete a Form and a Declaration stating that the Money was mine - and this was the "official" transfer. This was scanned, signed and sent back to the "Accountant" dealing with the "Widows" "Estate" etc. Then I get an Email from a "Solicitor" who wanted me to send a "Processing Fee" so the Money can be sent via Wire Transfer. This was for $200, which I didn't have - so I said they could deduct this from the "$15,000,000" - or I would even consent to them spending some of it to bring said Monies to the UK and we could go and celebrate our good Fortune! It was here that the Tone completely changed and they got a bit shirty. No less so when I suggested that he lent me the Money and I would repay him once I received this vast Sum.

Hmm, so a "Solicitor" with a few prestigious Clients couldn't find $200 against a guaranteed repayment? An "Accountant" who worked for an "Executive" of the "Reserve Bank of India" - except the Email was sent at about 4AM Indian Time (an "RBI Executive" working those hours?) and was written by what looked like a semi-literate 12 year old? Also, the RBI isn't in New Delhi - it's in Mumbai!

It was here that their Ruse fell apart - and after I Emailed them with some of this I never heard from them again. What suggested to me that they were part of a Network operating this and other 419 Scams  was how nothing appeared in my Inbox from any other "Widows" afterwards.

Also, How many of you have "won" an "Ipod/Ipad/Tablet/Macbook/Laptop/Smartphone" etc, and you fill and send the Form so you can "Claim your Prize"? I've done many of these - and if there are many others who have all I can say is there must be a huge Depot somewhere with "Ipod/Ipad/Tablet/Macbook/Laptop/Smartphones" piled to the Rafters that got lost in the Post! This, I think is just an Email grabbing exercise where the Addresses get sold on to "Widows" in "India" wanting to "give" you "$15,000,000!"

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  1. I'm starting to wonder how much of this supposed 'Make Money online' stuff has more to do with People Manipu....., sorry - 'Management' than actually making any Money online!

  2. Here's an Exchange I had with someone commenting on Scams....

    This was what they had to say...

    "I must say that is a great article. I am a P.I., and have a scam buster website. I have made videos and posted articles about the “Make $3,000.00 a Month Doing Surveys” thing. I think this is a re-hash of that same Clickbank product. Selling information is not a scam, but the misleading sales copy with fake testimonials makes it a scam. Truth is that most people will see little to no money from these things. Women seem to fit the bill more then men, especially if they are stay at home moms. What people fail to realize is everytime they answer a few questions to “qualify” they have just taken a survey and did not get paid. These people also have these things linked to CPA offers, so when they give you a few points or pennies to sign up for a free trial, they get paid. This is a great little scam they have going here, and I have all but giveen up on reporting these things. I have come to the conclusion that nmost looking for easy money are too lazy to take action, or do a little research on their own, sad, but true."

    Here was my Response.....

    I think that’s insulting to anyone trying to make a Living online. As a supposed Scam Busting Blogger you know as well as anyone that sitting at a Computer for Hours trying to find something that works isn’t being “lazy” at all. It’s People trying to find an Opportunity in an uncertain Economy and increasing Unemployment – and heck, if someone offered you a “PI” Job for the sort of Money these Sites claim to offer are you telling us you wouldn’t take it?

    As for not doing their “Research” again, as a “PI” you must be aware of Consumer Law and how it affects Retail. The Internet is like a huge Shop – and while I wouldn’t expect to continuously have to go into a Supermarket with Scales, a Measuring Jug and Chemistry Set to ensure Food and Drink complies with Weights and Measures and does or doesn’t contain those Additives I also shouldn’t have to do same with Online Products. The Onus isn’t on the Consumer it’s on the Search Engine People to ensure Scams don’t reach the Customer. A Shop Owner would be in breach of Contract if they sold Stuff that wasn’t as described. If you knowingly lent your Car to someone who was going to commit a Crime you are an Accessory after the Fact. If these ultra-wealthy Internet People can’t employ a department to check Scams then there’s an Area of Law that need addressing.

  3. If an Attorney General was to convene the Owners of these Multi-Billionaire Internet Companies (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AoL etc) and told them that they should dip into that huge Profit Margin and use the Computer Resources they already have to research Scams or have their Trading License revoked - even go to Gaol - Scams would disappear very quickly. Supermarkets employ People to research Products long before they ever reach the Customer - why shouldn't they?

  4. I'll have to add the supposed "Free Stuff" Scam here too....

    This is where you try and download a Program - only to end up with loads of Surveys - which seem endless - and then your Spam Folder fills up with all sorts of Junk. The thing is this "Free Stuff" isn't anything - apart from being eligible to win something in a Draw. Which could mean nothing.

    There was this supposed "Free Apple I Phone" - apparently packed and ready to dispatch - and you only had to pay £2. The thing is, you aren't paying that £2 fro the Phone, you are subscribing to some online Radio Station, and in very very fine, almost illegible Print that turns into a huge double Figure Payment automatically debited from your Account. Other "Free Stuff" turns into a Phone Call from someone selling you a Lottery Syndicate for £39 a Month - and on it goes. I spoke to someone who does Market Research - and they said they were nothing to do with this sort of thing. Maybe they aren't, maybe they are - but at least they wore a Laminate to show you who they were, what they did and that they were a Researcher - and no-one asking for any Money either!

    In fact I might bundle up some of this Email and forward it to the Trading Standards Office, while maybe some of it is in contact with some of these People you see here - with those horrible Smart Phones, wafting around one of the biggest Scams of all - Portishead!

    People who are obviously paid a Retainer to be like they are - while another Yippie Scam Artist was probably someone I worked with on our Project 27 Years ago..... and I'm not kissing that!

    "Free Stuff"......

    Why would I want to give someone (and you have to read the very feint Print) a Subscription of something like $90 a year to listen to an online Radio Station (the Unfree in the supposedly 'free' Apple iphone) when I could buy a World band Radio for about $10 and listen to all of that for free forever? I could buy a Smartphone from Amazon for about £40!

    Why would I want to give someone £39 a Month for a Bunch of Numbers that might or might not appear in a Lottery Draw when I could buy a Ticket for a £? I'd be better off playing Black Jack or Craps anyway - the Odds are far better and Cards and Dice much cheaper.

    (Sigh) I remember when my Grandmother used to save Milk Bottle Tops for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Ahhh, that Age of Innocence, until they built a Piazza with Silver Balls!

    And that's where you almost have to meet the Yippie Scam Artists....

    Maybe Donald Trump would like to get Revenge on our Behalf on those People. This is what Obama's supposed 'New Age' Government Spawned.

    Thugs in Kaftans....

  5. Just to emphasize this here's a Link to what I call Intellectual Property The..., sorry, Market Research, which 'offers' the usual probably non-existent Junk (Iphones, Ipads, Gift Cards, supposed Lottery Syndicates etc) and a Competition to win this factitious Stuff.

    If you signed up to all of this - erm - "Free Stuff" your Account would probably be debited about £200 a Month.

    Shame the Anti-Spam Regulations means that while this Scam can be sent I can't Email People promoting this so they don't get scammed by it isn't it!

  6. But then, when the supposed respectable Media is not much more than a Scam these days, marketing is full of Cyberthugs, and their Cronies here - with those horrible little Smartphones, sending them their Instructions - and the Stinkernet is probably about 90% Scam how can Honesty prevail? Scamtown - the supposed Model Community - hmmmm??????

    Culture? Trying not to laugh - and how much of all this is about Social Control than anything else? I've just watched another Scambot Video - and hasn't that Fiverr.Com Actor been in others?

  7. Here's something that's very intriguing - whether it's via Scams or just Numbers....

    I have used a Supermarket twice in recent Days and both times I've ended up with a symmetrical Price at the Till. The first one was particularly sinister - £1.91, which in the context of a certain Terrorist Organisation looks very ominous. What Date does that look like? I got p****** off with this and said "Effing Terrorists" before I left. The second one was when I was charged £1.21. At this I said "Not again" and grabbed something else to break up the Symmetry. How does this keep happening - irrespective of what you buy? Does this suggest that Al Qaida are found in the Numbers? Osama Bin Laden - Garbage and Full Houses huh! Either that or it's a Ruse to get you to spend more Money than you might!

    That Number appeared elsewhere in an Account Number for a Bank - except it was the straight forward 911.

    What's the Probability of choosing random Items in a Shop and that happening?

    Oh, and then, there's this scabby Article that Ginger Spices Screws of the World Published about 12 years ago - and a Copper from Birmingham!

    And I'm still going to delete the Word "Well" from the Dictionary Sarah. How's Rachel by the way?

    I wouldn't be so bad if there was any real Money involved in some of this. They're just meaningless Numbers on a Computer Screen..... with a very wrong Subtext.

  8. Here's something that isn't necessarily a Scam in the conventional sense - but feels like you have been scammed.....

    I'm dealing with one of these little Finance Merchants - and make a Deposit. They have this weird and I don't mind saying - intrusive - new addition to their Website which asks what the Money is for. You have 2 choices - and I opt for one of them. I see my Account Balance and it is showing that I have XXXXGBP in it. Great, I then try and do what I need to do with it - only to continually have the Transaction declined. This happens many times - and I don't know why - after all, I have enough Money in the Account to do this.

    Eventually I phone them up and am told that they operate a dual Account System and Money form one is separate from that of another. Oh, - hmmm - nothing on the Website to tell you this, nothing on the Account Dashboard to either! Right, so could you transfer all Monies in the Account to one of the Sub Accounts so I have the correct Balance to proceed? Yes - I am told - and it has to be referred to their Senior Department - and "Escalation" they tell me. They say they're going to do this and I will receive a confirmation Email when they have.

    I check my Mail - and find they haven't, phone them and am told that they can't do this. This contradicts what I was told about 12 Hours earlier. They they get very condescending and tell me to spend the Money on... etc I remind them that it is my Money NOT theirs and request a Refund. This also has to be referred to their Senior Department - rather than initiated there and then. Why even bother calling their Customer Support Department if they can't seem to do anything?

    several things need saying here....

    1 - They should be saying all this on the Website - but aren't.
    2 - There should be a Facility where WE can do the Transfer - not have to phone them asking them to do it - it's OUR Money NOT theirs.
    3 - They need to get their Script right - and have a Policy of Consistency rather than being told one thing by one and another by the other.
    4 - They should have an unconditional Refund Policy for People who have been inconvenienced by all this.
    5 - They introduced this System to "Help" People - except it isn't helping anyone - the very many Phone Calls they are getting about it proves this.

    For example; I've checked my Balance before I went to the Shop. I buy Stuff making sure the amount won't exceed the Balance. I try and use their Debit Card only to have it declined, and we try this several times - the same thing happening and you don't know why. The growing queue of other Customers see what is happening, so do the Staff - and at the end - the Stuff you were going to buy has to be returned. You go home and you haven't been able to buy any Food!

    You then make the Phone Call!

  9. Here's where it starts looking a bit scammy....

    These Sub-Accounts have different Amounts - one considerably more than the the other - except it's the Latter which does what you need it for. Instead of them transferring Money to it from the other Sub-Account they ask you to deposit into it. This seems like a convenient way of making People deposit with them doesn't it - while their difficult to obtain Refund Policy makes it difficult to reclaim that Money - so you might deposit it with that Latter. Why can't they just transfer what they already have instead of you depositing from an external Source. I'm starting to think I might have sent Money to that Latter anyway - and how it ended up with the former is a question for them.

    Why can you pay into it is Seconds with a Debit Card for which you get charged when they can't reciprocate similarly, but trying to reclaim it involves IBAN Numbers and several Days for it to be transferred to the original Bank Account that Card is linked with?

    If I was in any Branch of a High Street Bank and wanted to transfer Money from a Deposit to Current Account - even a Credit Card - I can do so even though they are separate Accounts with different Statements, Cards, paying in Systems, Numbers etc.

    What if we were in a Casino (although I avoid them) and this happened? The other Guests start seeing you as a Schmuck while the Croupier would discreetly call the Floor Manager and you might have to go into their Office to explain why you are trying to buy your Stake with non-existent Money.

  10. Here's an Idea that might create some Work for People.....

    Work from Home Jobs? How about Facebook, Google, YouTube, MSN, Yahoo, Twitter etc create an App that People can sign up to which records login/logout time and they work on a Laptop from anywhere going through Scam after Scam using the usual Wording associated with them - noting the URL of each - and then passing them on to some sort of Admin - who then sends a generic Email to those doing it telling them to delete Stuff promoting them? Considering how much Internet Companies make they could pay them a decent hourly rate to do this!

  11. Here's something that's awesome and puts this Country to shame in its chronic designer Inertia when it came to Scammers - or protecting its Citizens against them.

    This means that American Judiciary has taken a zero-tolerance Attitude about Scammers - and if one State Attorney General does this the other 49 probably soon will. That you don't have to be wealthy to do it - they will do it for you - and maybe even obtain Compensation for the Aggrieved. That last bit is also important because it also means that - unlike the rare Circumstances where a Scammer is prosecuted elsewhere and the proceeds merely disappear into the legal System - the Victims gain recompense. While the Government in Britain abolished a large Chunk of Legal Aid and those Dinner Party Socialists - with all those Barristers and QC's - seemed conspicuously acquiescent, so called Consumer Affairs Media only seems to represent a certain Demographic, other Areas of Medialand regard it as a Game of Football or something, the State that took on Al Capone seems to give a Damn about the People the "People" in the Legalese means.

    That because Scams are going on on the Internet somehow renders them immune no longer applies, and I think that maybe writing about it and clarifying what being scammed online means might have contributed towards what is now happening in America. That whether you are robbed in the Street in Illinois - or remotely scammed by someone there - the Ramifications are the same. That Scammers operating on Websites with impunity, even after People have skilfully proved that it's a Scam, is like a Robbery going on on CCTV and no-one doing anything about it. Now - thanks to Lisa Madigan and her Team - that no longer applies.

  12. Here's something that needs saying after many Forays into YouTube.

    You might have seen one of the many Commercials on YouTube by People claiming to have made huge amounts of Money through this, that or the other, while all of them will at some Stage require you to to send Money or subscribe in some way or other to some 'Program'. Information is as valuable as Money these days so even if you aren't giving anyone any Cash you could be giving them something maybe more valuable.

    What to need to ask is this ......

    If these People have made so much Money why are they advertising on YouTube at all? Surely, if they had they'd be buying Airtime on TV and Radio and Column Inches in Classified Sections of print Media, wouldn't they? The thing is, if they did they would be subject to a very strict Code set by People like the Advertising Standards Authority and their equivalents elsewhere.

    So, while HD Video might be available to anyone who can also access a Weblink, and although they might make all these Claims in their Vids - there doesn't have to be any Substance to any of it!