Posts Tagged ‘scam’

I have a new idea for a business that is going to make a killing, but I need some investors to get things started. First, we need to hire tens of thousands of people. I’m thinking at least 30,000 people. We’re only going to pay them minimum wage, so we’ll be able to keep costs down. We also need to spend millions of dollars on advertising and make sure we are purchasing materials and services from hundreds of vendors in America.

You might be asking yourself, “What are we going to make?”

That’s the great part! We aren’t going to even make anything! We’ll probably just have each employee purchase a lottery ticket in the states where they are employed. The employees will get to play pool, foosball, air hockey, and basketball while on the job. We’ll have a corporate jet to fly us around. Corporate cars. We’ll have all the amenities necessary to run a large corporation.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “How will I recover my investment?”

By employing so many people and working with so many vendors, us going out of business will cause such a massive “ripple effect” that the federal government will just have to bail us out. We’ll fly to Washington in our private jet and ask them for maybe… I don’t know… Maybe $25 billion. That’s a small price for people to pay for preventing a massive economic meldown, right?

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Sheila Blair (chair of the FDIC), but at least she is coming up with ideas that actually make economic sense! Paulson on the other hand has already spent 1/3 of the $700 billion dollars he charged on the National American Express, and believe me when I say that we aren’t going to see any benefit from that money and are likely not even going to get any of it back. Now, Paulson is talking about buying stock in banks, which is just the most ridiculous idea to ever come out of the building next to the White House. Granted, Paulson is going to be gone in January anyway, but his plans to spend the “bailout” funds like there’s no tomorrow really need to stop. W could certainly redeem himself a little by asking Paulson to resign or firing him if Paulson doesn’t resign.

There are plenty of things to be passionate about. Firing people is usually not something that I am passionate about. However, when there is someone whose ideas are so detrimental to the stability of the American economy, we need to get rid of him. If you’ve been buried under a rock, Henry Paulson is the communist Treasury Secretary who was calling for the bank “bailout” months ago. Unfortunately, he got what he wanted. After having fumbled the ball on US economic policy so far, our Congress somehow believed him that we needed this.

Now, his team has come up with the most absurd idea in the history of idiotic economic ideas: purchase stock in banks to help their balance sheets. Where does he come up with such idiotic ideas!?! While buying up bad debt from failed loans would certainly create a mess, this communistic thinking is the most absurd idea I’ve ever heard! What will happen *when* (not if) the stock goes down? Who really reaps the reward of the US government going in a buying stock? The investors. The banks are not going to benefit at all because investors are going to watch their stocks go up and then jump ship because Paulson was stupid enough to buy their stock. The stock will come back down, and the US loses money.

For conspiracy theorists, this is just the beginning of the evil plan by the smoking gunman to turn America into a communist state. While I can’t agree with the over all conspiracy, the thoughts of Federal government ownership to the tune of $700 billion is VERY disturbing.

It has been entirely too long since my last Fanbox (SPAMBox) posting. I have received 125 SPAM emails from Fanbox. One of the emails actually ended up in my Junk box, but everything else went right into the Inbox. Perhaps Yahoo! has their filter backwards.

I’ve noticed some interesting ploys by Fanbox these days. For instance, of the 125 SPAM emails I received, they were sent by 17 different addresses:

  • BuddyPoke (1) – Similar to the Poking you can do on legit social networking websites like Facebook
  • Daily Babe (1) – Similar to the classic hot or not phenomenon. I guess Fanbox figured that hot chicks might help get people clicking.
  • Daily Dog (2) – As if Cute Overload and ICHCB didn’t have enough cuteness, you can get a dose of Fanbox Animal SPAM with their daily dog feature
  • Daily DONT (1) – Shouldn’t this just include not opening Fanbox SPAM emails?
  • Do you think (1) – Fanbox is SPAM? YES!
  • FanBox Fan (87) – These are the classic Fanbox Fan Requests
  • Fans1@fanboxnotes.com (1) – One of the various SPAM note addressed used
  • Fans3@fanboxnotes.com (2)
  • Fans4@fanboxnotes.com (1)
  • Flower Fans (1) – I just saw a message about this SPAM message on my Gadget Panel website. There is an interesting story about Gadget Panel. There was a sudden swell of bogus registrations on the website, all taking place within a matter of minutes. I’m not suggesting that Fanbox was attacking my system or anything. I’m just saying that it was rather interesting that there was a sudden influx of bogus registrations on the Gadget Panel website and a search on Google returns the article about Fanbox SPAM from gadgetpanel.com as the third link.
  • Hot a Meter (1) – Yet Another Hot or Not Knockoff
  • Kiss (1)
  • Kitten Club (1) – Like the daily dog
  • KittyPix (1) – More SPAMinal garbage from Fanbox. Can you believe that someone has actually registered the domain spaminal.com?
  • PuppyPix (1)
  • Question_It (4)
  • SuperPing (1) – They are even trying to go after the super geeks!

So much SPAM to keep up with from Fanbox.

Not long ago, I wrote a blog about the most idiotic economic political scam of the 2008 election year. Today, I read to stories about our economy that rank up there with the “gas tax vacation”.

The first story was about how the Fed has adjusted it’s estimates for 2008:

  • Economic growth of 0.3 – 1.2%, instead of 1.3 – 2%
  • Unemployment rate 5.5 – 5.7%, instead of 5.2 – 5.5%

Good thing they are still running those antiquated economic formulas to give us these otherwise worthless numbers. An added bonus is that the Fed also adjusted their inflation estimate upwards.

There really should be no surprise here folks. Bernanke just needs to start reading my blog to get better guidance on economic policy. I’ve written about energy-based inflation before. Of course, I even wrote about it years before that in a paper for an upper division economics course I was taking in college. The professor said it was an unrealistic theory.

Why I keep talking about this college professor is because that is what economists are learning in college (not all colleges, of course). Our economists are morons because they were trained to be morons!

Meanwhile, back in the world of ridiculous economic news for May 21, 2008… The other bit of economic news that really got me chuckling today was the news about the oil executives going before Congress again. How many times are we going to have to watch the same FAKE political interrogation? This is a political SCAM. The oil companies are pulling an Enron. Only, the goal is not to get California to sign a ridiculous long-term energy contract… The goal is to get the United States to open land restrictions in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and/or the Pacific Ocean so the oil companies can go drilling for oil. Enron is small potatoes compared to this scam.

I was so excited to hear that Monique had a question waiting for me at Fanbox. Yes, another day with a SPAM from Fanbox. Or as I like to call them SPAMBox. They’ll keep sending, I’ll keep posting. Good news on the Fanbox SPAM front though! Websites like Spam Huntress, Steve Riley, Techcrunch, and even my own blog show up on the first page of a Google search for the keyword fanbox or fanbox.com.

For newbies to the web, typing in the domain name into their default search page is fairly common. The more they can see that Fanbox is indeed a SPAM business, the sooner they can protect themselves from getting phished.

Fanbox SPAM loads my Inbox

Fanbox.com SPAM! It’s what’s for dinner!!!

I really feel like I providing a great public service by posting about Fanbox SPAM. I’ve noticed that page views to my posts about Fanbox SPAM have gone up lately. Most likely because of their increased SPAMMING. And because I’m currently listed in the #1 spot on Google if you type in Fanbox SPAM.

It would be great to be listed at the #1 spot when someone just types in fanbox or fanbox.com. I’ve found that Internet newbies aren’t familiar with the URL bar. They actually type in the domain name in their Yahoo or Google search box. I’ve seen it happen first hand. These are the poor people who are most likely to get suckered into Fanbox’s SPAM scam. If you’d like to help protect poor, innocent newbies like my grandma, write a blog about Fanbox.com and link to this blog.

There is no need to tell Fanbox to stop. They will just ignore you and keep SPAMMING you and trying to phish your passwords. The more content there is about Fanbox being SPAM, the more the message will get out there. Communication with each other (non-spammers) is the way to fight SPAM.

Check it out! “Elizabeth” asked me a question using the “Curiosity Solution” application on Fanbox.com (aka SPAMBOX)

Fanbox.com celebrates 2 for Tuesday

The Fanbox SPAM continues to fill my inbox these days. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets to the point that I’ll have nothing but Fanbox SPAM posts on my blog! The latest SPAM from Fanbox is a request for someone to be my “fan”. This time it came from Jessica. I know a lot of Jessicas. Hopefully none of them are naive enough to get phished by Lord Fanbox the SPAMBox. Either way, another SPAM from Fanbox and another post by me.

Fanbox SPAM in my Inbox

Packet8 phones in my home office! Alright! This weekend, I purchase two Packet8 phones from Office Depot. These systems looked great. I could simply set them up and use my phone service anywhere I took my digital phone adapter (or virtual office adapter as they call it). They have a virtual auto attendant, extensions… You name it, Packet8 has it.

I had talked with a rep at their company just a few days beforehand. She was very convincing. Sounded like a great product. AND they had a special running at Office Depot! I checked out the closest Office Depot to me, but they were all sold out. So, I hoped online and found the next closest location. “Call in advance when you are going to drive 20 mile for something,” my mom would always say.

They had it! I was excited! I was going to get one of the most state of the art small business office voip systems on the face of the planet: Packet8! Who’s rockin’ the small business world now!?! I trek out to the Office Depot and trek all the way back. I was practically salivating! These Packet8 phones look so cool. The virtual office concept makes remote business operations a reality. I can just picture myself in Hawaii, running my business on the beach while I’m using my Packet8 phone.

I pull out the phone, the cords, the cables, the phone adapter… It was like Christmas in March. I pull out the activation instructions. No way! It can’t be this easy. Just visit http://activate.packet8.net and type in the MAC address on the phone adapter unit. Then follow the instructions? Are you guys serious? I love the Internet. The world just got so much easier… Or did it???

When I went to activate the systems via the instructions in the box, I received an error:

Packet8 Small Business VOIP

I call up their tech support and the guy initially has no idea what I’m talking about. Apparently, Packet8 hasn’t been selling a whole lot of systems through retail chains like Office Depot. Maybe this is why! The Packet8 voip systems don’t work.

I’m a fair man though. I’ll give them a chance. I’ll let them sort through the issues and call me back on Monday. Their technical support traces back the units to… NOWHERE! They don’t have either unit in their system. Yes, you followed the story correctly. They sold me not 1 but *2* Packet8 Virtual Office units that were “not in their system”.

Then they told me that I could always return the items to Office Depot and purchase the units directly from them. So, make some money selling junk to Office Depot on wholesale, get me salivating over the phones, and then pull as fast one and get me to purchase directly from Packet8? I think not.

Hello! Office Depot? I have two pieces of junk I purchased from your other store very far away and don’t want to drive another 20 miles to return. Can I return that garbage voip system to you? Yes, I do have the receipt. Excellent! I’ll return these Packet8 junk piles right after I finish posting on WordPress!

Fanbox SPAM continues to roll in. Today, I received another SPAM from Fanbox “user” Lucy. I don’t know Lucy. Come to think about it, I’ve never known a Lucy. Apparently, she wants to be my fan. Only problem is that I’m not on Fanbox.

Whether its a “fan” request or a “question”, don’t respond to SPAMbox!

Be sure to mark the email as SPAM so that you up their chances of getting blocked.

Don’t register or give out your password. They are phishing for passwords to continue their scam.

Help fight SPAM by blogging about SPAMMERS like Fanbox and linking to websites that are already blogging about Fanbox.

If you checkout Google Trends, there is a sharp increase in searches on Google for fanbox, similar to their trend when they were spamming people through SMS.ac. The blog community can help reduce SPAMMERS like Fanbox by raising awareness and generating search engine results that let people know that Fanbox is a SPAM company.

Have a nice day 😀

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