Monday, March 28, 2011

Scams of the Week: March 28, 2011

Nuke Proofing - As with most tragedies, scammers try to capitalize on the basic emotions and fears of people.  Because of the constant and dangerous possibility of a Fukushima Nuclear Reactor meltdown, scammers are trying to get people to buy anti-radiation meds, especially in California and Hawaii. To put things in perspective, even if the Japanese nuclear reactor melted down, Hawaiians would get more radiation from a banana than from drifting fallout. Check out this chart. It helps illustrate just how absurd the claims being made actually are. The Japanese are in serious danger. Americans who are not in Japan are not in danger.

GROC Co. - This company uses a relay operator so that they do not have to use their voice.  They say they are in New Jersey but have Florida numbers. It looks like a front to buy products with illegal credit card numbers. If you run a business, be wary.

"It's a scam I'm telling u" - If you find these words on any of your Twitter friends' accounts, then they are not real. It's a saying that I've been seeing a lot of on Twitter to try and appear like they are having conversations with other people. They usually have profile pictures of gorgeous models too. That's another sign they aren't real. Almost always, the account's other tweets are advertisements for twitter marketing software, big bucks promises, free iPads, outlandish claims, scams and other nonsense.

Full Service Timeshare - I'm surprised that this "business" was still picking up the phone within one month ago.  They were yet another Timeshare scam company that told consumers that they had 'lined up' a buyer for their timeshare, but they needed $1850 up front.  Once consumer paid, the company never bothered to talk to them again. Full Service Timeshare claimed to be in the Kansas City address, but they never were. They just found a building with some space for rent and said they were there.  The stopped soliciting more than six months ago, but tried to string along customers for many months after. They may or may not have turned themselves a new scam. If you've been had by this company, contact your Attorney General's office or local consumer protection agency.

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