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Earth Class Mail - Solid or Scum?

Earth Class Mail - great idea that I'm willing to pay for, but concerned about sleazy marketing tactics. Anyone with any experience with this company? [more inside]
posted by ezola on Sep 3, 2007 - 15 answers

A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it?

.namefilter: A shady company seems to be squatting on a bunch of .name domains. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by herichon on Aug 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me find out more about this company and this man

An area of rural Norway I am very fond of is currently fighting a development bid by a possibly dodgy operation... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2007 - 5 answers

Protect against apartment rental scam

How can I protect myself from a scam when I can't check out the apartment in person? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane on Jul 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Are cell phone and printer cartridge recylers a scam?

Whats up with these postage-paid cell phone and ink cartridge recycling baggies I see everywhere? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jul 15, 2007 - 20 answers

Does this sublet sound like a scam?

Does this sound like a scam? I want to sublet for 1 month while I am travelling overseas. I answered an ad and got an odd message. It sounds like the person needs to extend his lease in order to sublet. He wants 1/2 month up front. [more inside]
posted by cotterpin on Jun 29, 2007 - 12 answers

Do I report life-threatening spam?

A sick twist on scam e-mails. Is it worthwhile to do anything about this threatening, extorting e-mail? Has anyone else gotten anything like this? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Jun 28, 2007 - 22 answers

How to frustrate an advance fee fraudster

Responding to an 'advance fee fraud' email. I've had a blatant 'advance fee fraud' email from someone in west africa wanting to buy my car online (I am in Ireland). I want to respond in a way that sends this would-be fraudster down the longest rabbit hole possible. [more inside]
posted by superfurry on Jun 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Avoiding an Internet Scam

I am pretty sure I am caught up in an Internet scam, and I want to know the best way to proceed to make sure I cover all my bases. [more inside]
posted by mto on Jun 20, 2007 - 24 answers

help me get my money back!

I got a piece of junk mail from a company called Florida Direct Vacations who said they were going to charge me $140 for some kind of vacation package if I didn't cancel the order by May 22. I think they got my credit card information from Holland America, who I took a cruise with a few years ago; they claim to be some kind of authorized reseller for them, although I've never done business with Florida Direct Vacations before. I called and canceled, and they charged my debit card anyway. I've called and they say they never got my cancellation and, basically, tough luck. What now? [more inside]
posted by luriete on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Who will stop Domain Registry of America?

Yet another one of my clients has been confused by a Domain Registry of America "invoice" mailing, and now I'm even madder at them. I saw this FTC ruling from 2003, but is there any kind of action/suit against the company now? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 31, 2007 - 20 answers

Inexpensive Prescription Sunglasses

I want to get inexpensive prescription sunglasses by buying drug store frames and inserting real lenses. The eyeglass place says I need to buy ophthalmological frames (which they sell for $100 and up) because drugstore sunglasses are too cheap and not up to the job. Is this the real deal or are they scamming me?
posted by cgs on May 7, 2007 - 21 answers

Can I do anything about an auto repair guy who ripped me off?

It looks like I've been sort of ripped off by an auto glass repair guy. Is there anything I can/should do? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Why are cell phones so cheap on ebay?

Why are the phones on ebay so cheap? I can't see where the profit comes from. [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Apr 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Help my friend get un-harassed by this crazy Ebay user...

Ebay scam / threat question... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Lawyer helps client engage in fraud - what we do about it?

Can I sue a lawyer who helped his client commit financial fraud against my dad? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible on Mar 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Is this bookstore existent? Or is this a scam?

Am I being scammed? BookFilter... [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Mar 23, 2007 - 23 answers

eBay scam?

Is this a simple eBay scam or something else? [more inside]
posted by rocco on Mar 22, 2007 - 13 answers

Is Public Gold an MLM scam?

ScamFilter: Is Public Gold a multi-level marketing scam? Or a "legit" MLM? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 20, 2007 - 8 answers

New credit card scam?

Device to steal numbers from your cards in your pocket? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Feb 24, 2007 - 18 answers

Look Out Honey, 'Cause I'm Usin' Technology

I posted some items for sale on Craigslist, and shortly thereafter I got email from a typical scammer who wanted to send me and have me cash a check from "his client," and I'd refund him the balance--you know, the textbook overpayment with a fake check scam. Now, I'd like to have some fun with this. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 15, 2007 - 18 answers

How to get a friend out of a cult

I have a friend who has gotten involved in Avatar, and I want to disengage her from it. She first got involved about 9 months ago; at the time, I knew nothing about Avatar but was instantly suspicious. The more I've learned, the less I like it. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2007 - 18 answers

Insurance Pre-Existing Condition Woes

My insurance provider wants me to fill out a pre-existing condition questionnaire! Help! [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Jan 30, 2007 - 18 answers

Too good to be true

How am I being scammed? Nepali gem business deal, sounds kinda shady, help me find out where they intend to make their money. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jan 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Should I report what I suspect is a ponzi scheme being pitched?

What should I do about overhearing what I think was the pitch for a ponzi scheme? [more inside]
posted by frieze on Jan 26, 2007 - 26 answers

How to cope with a MLM-programmed sibling?

My older brother, who has been swindled by MLM (multi-level marketing) scams in the past, has gotten involved in yet another. Have any of you dealt with a family member in this situation? Is there anything I can do, or do any of you have suggestions on how to cope with this? [more inside]
posted by catfood on Jan 3, 2007 - 31 answers

My father has been scammed! By Travelcomm! Help!

Anyone with experience on getting vacations from the scam co Travelcomm, please advise. Alternatively, if you can help me get my money back, all the better... For you innocents, read and beware! [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Jan 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Don't call again

How do I make phone scam company stop harassing us? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Dec 1, 2006 - 26 answers

Is PhotoMax a scam or a good opportunity for my mother?

MLMFilter: My mother called me and mentioned a "new business" she wants to start. She was very excited about it, and said the business is at http://www.mywayoutonline.com/, and the company is actually called PhotoMax. I have my doubts... [more inside]
posted by litlnemo on Nov 15, 2006 - 25 answers

Scam?

Can I really make 5, 10, or even $15,000 a month working from home by getting a free video? And why are these so-called millionares willing to give away their "secrets" for free? [more inside]
posted by joshuak on Oct 15, 2006 - 22 answers

What email scam is this?

What email scam is this? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 27, 2006 - 9 answers

Ethics: Should you hold someone unknowingly acting in the commission of a fraud responsible for your losses?

Is it ethical to sue the victim of a phishing scam who agrees to take employment as someone who receives packages and ships them abroad if you have been victimized by the scam itself? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Sep 19, 2006 - 13 answers

Saving the Kitchen Sink

Recently I was contacted by a company called Liberty Settlements regarding my outstanding debt. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k on Jul 28, 2006 - 10 answers

Monster.com scam or great opportunity?

Who are these consulting agencies contacting me off Monster.com, and are their offers too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by sixacross on Jul 18, 2006 - 10 answers

What scam is this?

I posted an electronics item for sale on craigslist and began receiving several questionable offers for purchase, but none that are explicitly described by craigslist as a scam. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Jul 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Demand for payment on already-paid-off credit card

SketchyDebtCollectionsFilter: Someone calling and demanding payment on a credit card that was paid off and cancelled in 2002. Fraud? Error? What can be done? [more inside]
posted by moss on Jul 6, 2006 - 16 answers

won't SOMEBODY think of the basketball team?

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am not selling money for no basketball team. I am just trying to stay off the streets and raise a little cash..." Who is behind this scam? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 1, 2006 - 57 answers

Help me take down a scam junk mailer

I just got a shady piece of 'scam' mail in my (snail) mailbox today. It came on an index card-sized piece of blue paper, and promised luxury vehicles, a cruise, and/or outrageous gobs of cash, among other things. I could simply throw the damn thing away, but I'd rather pull a P-p-powerbook, or find some other way to inconvenience the idiots behind this. Any ideas? Of course, there's much [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on Jun 29, 2006 - 12 answers

Is this a business scam?

The scam (if that's what it is) is as described below and I'd welcome any comments or links to places which discuss such things. [more inside]
posted by thayerg on Jun 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Why am I responsible for their mistake?

Why should I be held responsible for companies "losing" my personal information? Don't you think that if they were responsible for it, there would be alot less identity theft? [more inside]
posted by TheDude on Jun 6, 2006 - 16 answers

What do you do when you've been scammed on eBay?

I am concerned that a CD I've committed to buy on eBay is a counterfeit. The item's identification number is 4881752639. My concerns were raised after I read some of the seller's feedback from buyers and consequently the feedback the seller has left for them. Also, some buyers have gone so far as to create warning pages for others. There's even damning comments on Znooq's blog about the exact same item I've bought. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 4, 2006 - 14 answers

Where do all these Dell coupons come from?

Where are these people getting/generating their Dell online coupon codes from? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Jun 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Internet Scam Savvy

I posted something for sale on Craigslist. The first response I got was interested and asked normal questions. I responded, but the followup from the possible buyer was totally different tone and asking to pay in a form (AlertPay International Money Order) I'm not familiar with and can't find through a search. I want to sell this item, but I don't want to be scammed. Anyone know what AlertPay International Money Order is and whether it's on the level? [more inside]
posted by nramsey on Jun 2, 2006 - 24 answers

What to do if being scammed online?

I have been scammed! What to do if you bought an item online and the seller did not ship it and took the money? The money was money order which probably make things worse for me. After some research it turns out that this particular seller has done the same to several people and the site she uses to advertise on has no rating system. I filed a complaint here http://www.ic3.gov/ but other than that and learning a lesson, anything else can be done to stop that scammer from not doing that again to others?
posted by convex on Jun 1, 2006 - 21 answers

419 Scam Baiters

419Filter: I read a couple of years ago, a website that was a chap who would reply to phishing and spam emails, and take the scammers for a ride. There was one very funny one where the guy pretended to have drowned his girlfriend, and his mistress, and convinced the guy to fly to Amsterdam, amongst other things. Does anybody know where I can find this online? [more inside]
posted by gaby on May 6, 2006 - 10 answers

When faced with Bad Solicitations

Charity solicitor via phonebank recalls not personally a contribution I would have never made over the phone from a previous year, cannot provide details. When I ask him to send more information, t(he)y sends "Sponsor Reminder". [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Mar 21, 2006 - 5 answers

Scammer scamming

I'm exchanging emails with a scammer who wants me to buy his "car". What should I do? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot on Feb 28, 2006 - 25 answers

Scam, sting or genuine promotion?

I recently received (via US mail) an offer for free basketball tickets that seems too good to be true. Is it? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Feb 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Government Grants -- A Scam?

American Grant Program Foundation? I was contacted two evenings in a row by a company claiming that the government owed me thousands of dollars since I "paid my taxes on time every year". [more inside]
posted by lohmannn on Feb 15, 2006 - 23 answers

1990s Internet Streaming Video Compression Scam?

I remember a typical late 1990s Bubble story where a scammer was hyping a fake streaming video technology to grab investor cash. What name should I look up under? [more inside]
posted by meehawl on Feb 12, 2006 - 16 answers

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