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Is this a scam?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Mikii, Oct 13, 2010.

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  1. basilio

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    Ever been tempted to become an Amazon seller ? After checking this out you might re consider.

    How to Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Amazon
    A growing number of self-proclaimed experts promise they can teach anyone how to make a passive income selling cheap Chinese goods in the internet's largest store. Not everyone’s getting rich quick.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technol...-peddling-secrets-getting-rich-amazon/578443/
     
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  2. basilio

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    Is this a scam ?

     
  3. satanoperca

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    I love this stuff. Yes you can make millions on Amazon, if you are that one in a million. Amazon doesn't care, they need participants (both sellers and buyers) for their platform to work.

    But interesting article :
    "The couple had hoped to strike it rich—or at least quit their day jobs—buying goods from China and reselling them on the e-commerce site. Instead, they lost their savings" boo hoo, same with lots of small businesses, but most people don't think there business will get them rich, just provide an income.

    "all they needed to do was pay $3,999 for three months of coaching that would teach them everything they needed to know about the business"

    "In an email, Behdjou told me that nearly 1,000 students have paid to receive training from him, with only a “small handful of complaints.”

    Why sell on Amazon, when you can gross $4M selling how to sell on Amazon, I guess it is a lot harder to make that much on Amazon.

    Buyer beware.

    PS. I develop IT software systems for selling/marketing products and services. I have reduced down my service offering to clients, due to the face, I have the knowledge and skills and make more money building my own businesses using tech, then providing the tech to other people.

    Just like trading platforms, if you have one that works, why tell anyone, exploit it for your own richess
     
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    Am i alone to think that people tgat stupid do not deserve having that amount of money, or be able to manage it?
    I travel the world meet hundreds of people bright and slaving at work for a pittance..maybe there is karma?
     
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    Just because someone is stupid with their actions, doesn't mean they do not deserve the money they have earn't. I agree, that when you read the article, it seems ridiculous, but love is a powerful emotion that can be exploited. We should not look poorly on the victim but rather hunt down the perpetrator and hang him by his balls
     
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    While it was certainly unwise of her I'm not in a rush to criticise the person handing over money. I've been single for a number of years after my wife died. It takes some effort to learn how to be alone, which shouldn't necessarily be equated to loneliness.
     
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    Romance scams are some of the most powerful and effective scams on the net. Again I havn't been personally affected but I have seen some of the examples and they can work.

    One of the critical elements is that when your "in love" you just believe or want to believe this new person is great, is for real whatever. You drop your capacity to be cautious.

    Unfortunately romance scams are getting more and more clever. For example there is a site that offers Romance scam check - and then delivers you to sites they say are safe.. I don't think so
    And then there are examples of how people are tricked/seduced into parting with packets of cash.
    Very difficult.

    https://www.romancescams.org/
    https://romancescamsurvivor.org/stories-from-victims/#story2
     
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    If you have the time/inclination this very involved story of a serial con artist jumps the shark.
    Just amazing and bewildering.

    The Perfect Man Who Wasn’t
    For years he used fake identities to charm women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Then his victims banded together to take him down


    By the spring of 2016, Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity. At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of a stormy divorce. She was living with her preteen daughters in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, and working as a flight attendant. Missi felt ready for a serious relationship again, so she made a profile on OurTime.com, a dating site for people in middle age.

    Among all the duds—the desperate and depressed and not-quite-divorced—a 45-year-old man named Richie Peterson stood out. He was a career naval officer, an Afghanistan veteran who was finishing his doctorate in political science at the University of Minnesota. When Missi “liked” his profile, he sent her a message right away and called her that afternoon. They talked about their kids (he had two; she had three), their divorces, their sobriety. Richie told her he was on vacation in Hawaii, but they planned to meet up as soon as he got back.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/our-time-com-con-man/554057/
     
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    I've just received a phone call that is obviously a scam, but a new one for me.

    It stared saying it was relaying a recorded message and the message went something like this: "Hey guys, I lost my phone and now have a new number. The new number is xxxxxxxxxx. M."

    It was a ladies voice, one I didn't recognise. The fact that it said "Hey guys" and signed off as "M." was a give-away as it implied no knowledge of our first names (assuming the number had been picked up from a directory) and a very vague name for who was calling that would probably match several people we know, except none of them would sign off as "M".

    I suspect that if I called the number, I would be hit with huge phone costs.
     
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    I often wonder how people can be so dumb. I guy I use to do some work for (who knew I was into shares) was telling me all about this chinese investment. That some company had offered to him by phone. I think I was only 18 at the time and said "Its a scam".
    He only got more defensive and ended up sinking about $180k

    Another guy I know has been sending money to a "world lotto" all via phone for about a decade. Zero paperwork, ticket numbers, proof. I didn't even bother pressing him.

    And another time I walk into my parents house my old man is on his computer and the phone with his credit card out. His computer has some bs scanning on the screen.
    What had happened was he clicked on to some website and it locked the computer so he couldn't do anything. A fake virus (this one was microsoft) scanner pops up and then tells you to call a number and then gets your details. I grabbed the phone and yelled at them for about 10 mins. Then held the power button for 10secs on the laptop and good to go.

    I've got a pretty long list of scammer stories.
     
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    I had seen that one on FaceBook and reported it as a scam. I even forwarded a public statement from Twiggy disassociating himself from that article. The reply from FB was that it did not contravene their policies. I mean at the least, apart from being a scam, it is clearly Fake News, which FB is claiming they are attempting to eliminate from the site.
     
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    An Oz uni has published in "Antiquity" Cam. that a wooden boomerang can slice bone , contrary to the test the author did at ANU . I offered wooden bone-chisels to Dept Health Canberra but they won't buy it. So went to Australia Army flogging my wooden bayonet , no good. Send me crowd-funds and its 50:50 profits for wooden kitchen knives.
     
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    I would think that Twiggy would have some legal recourse against Facebook for misrepresentation.

    Big damages payouts are the best way to discourage this sort of thing.
     
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