Probioslim: The latest affiliate marketing scam.

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It starts with spam. That’s the first indication that whatever product or service being hawked is ineffective, undesirable, dangerous, or unethical. Honest companies just don’t spam.

From: “ProbioSlim” <oobclfchirgiim@lapostacompliancy.xyz>
To: redacted
Subject: No more pho | ny d | i••et plans
  1. Notice the subject line with the crap in it. Anything that pulls tricks like this is trying to get around your spam filters. This screams “unethical.”
  2. Next, the alphabet-soup return address, almost assuredly bogus.
  3. Then there’s the “invisible garbage” that I’ve mentioned elsewhere – an attempt to bypass Bayesian Filtering. Another hallmark of criminal scum who want your money at all costs.

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Lastly, the offer of a “free sample” that is never, ever free.

Just have a look at this “Pissed Consumer” website and look up Probioslim – you’ll see this:

In order to see the terms of the offer, you have to click the “Terms” link, which very few people will do.

How Does the VIP Membership Offer Work?

A. You must pay a shipping and handling fee of $2.99 for us to send you a 14-day trial supply of ProbioSlim. We ship the product the day after you place your order (with the exception that orders placed Friday-Sunday will be shipped the following Monday). We allow up to 4 days for you to receive the trial supply. Thus, in order for you to have 14 days to try the product, we consider the end date for your trial period to be 18 days after you place your order, which is 14 days plus 4 days for processing and transit.

B. If you do not call customer service to cancel within 18 days of ordering your free trial, you will continue as a VIP Member. See details below.

VIP Membership

Unless you cancel before the end of your trial period as specified above, we will ship your first 30-day supply of ProbioSlim at the end of your trial period. Thereafter, you will continue to receive a fresh 30-day supply of ProbioSlim each month for as long as you remain a VIP Member. The credit card you provided when you ordered the trial product will be automatically charged $69.99 plus $4.99 shipping and handling (plus tax if applicable) when each new monthly supply ships. To cancel future shipments, you must call 1-877-869-3308 at least 1 day prior to the date that your next monthly delivery ships. Customers in Australia, please call us at 1800-198-226. Customers in the United Kingdom, please call us at 0808-1019281. Our customer service center is open Mon-Fri: 9am – 9pm Eastern Time (US) and Sat: 12pm – 5pm Eastern Time (US).

Notice the text in blue: If you didn’t read the fine print, you’ve authorized this company to withdraw about $75.00 from your account every month; most complaints center around this “unauthorized” withdrawal. Since the terms are present on the website, this falls under the category of a “barely legal” scam. Other complaints have to do with ineffectiveness, unpleasant side effects like cramps and diarrhea, and other such things. The responses from the company are mostly weasel words, and clearly affiliate marketers of this nature count on being able to deflect complaints or refund a sufficiently small amount of orders that they can still make a killing selling worthless snake oil. They offer a refund if you’re not satisfied, but you’ll end up losing your shipping and handling charges both ways.

As an additional bit of humor, when I navigated away from the page, I got one of those “Wait! An agent wants to chat with you” popups. So just for fun, here’s the exchange with “Kelsey:”

Kelsey Says: Hi there! Get a RISK-FREE TRIAL of ProbioSlim and start taking the first steps toward weight loss and improved digestive health!
CLICK HERE to receive a 14 day trial supply of ProbioSlim.
Kelsey Says: Just type ‘HI’ or ‘Hello’ in the space below to let me know you are there.
You: Hi
Kelsey Says: Hi, thanks for chatting with me today. Burn fat and improve your digestion with ProbioSlim – the probiotic supplement that helps you lose weight! CLICK HERE to receive a 14 day trial supply of ProbioSlim.
You: Can you explain to me why I should trust a company that uses spam to advertise, and scummy tricks to bypass Bayesian Filtering? This screams “unethical.” Why should I trust their product?
Kelsey Says: This is not a scam. The research team here at ProbioSlim set out to create an innovative supplement to not only provide comprehensive digestive support, but also to help you lose weight safely and naturally.
Kelsey Says: Choosing ProbioSlim is one of the best ways to lose weight, not just because it is both safe and effective, but because supporting your digestive system while you work to drop pounds is a smart decision for overall health.
You: Well, that wasn’t an answer to my question. Care to try again?
Kelsey Says: I am sorry, I only have limited information. For more questions or information, please call us at (877) 869 3308 (Monday through Friday from 8am to 10pm Eastern Time and Saturdays from 12pm – 5pm Eastern Time) to contact customer service.
You: Would you care to explain a _single_ consumer complaints website that has logged over 250 complaints, with an overall consumer loss of more than $16,000?
Kelsey Says: This is the best offer available. But it’s for a limited time only. Please don’t wait! CLICK HERE to take advantage of this amazing offer!
You: Why do I get the feeling that you have failed the Turing Test?
Kelsey Says: Get a RISK-FREE TRIAL of ProbioSlim for FREE!! All you need is to pay a shipping and handling fee $4.99. CLICK HERE to get started!
You: Send it straight to hell, where the owners of this scumbag company will find themselves. Does that work for you?
Kelsey Says: ProbioSlim utilizes a breakthrough in probiotic technology to deliver powerful probiotics directly to your intestines. Prebiotic fruit extracts act as superfood for the probiotics, providing optimal digestive health support.
You: Ooookayyyy…
Kelsey Says: Okay great. CLICK HERE and let us know where to send your free sample!

Don’t you just love conversing with a bot?

Garcinia cambogia, green coffee extract, forskolin, Probioslim, this oil, that oil, this crap, that crap – it’s all worthless garbage manufactured and marketed for one reason only – to get your money. None of it works or has any real benefit. Stay far away from “offers” like this.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Samsung, Android, Whoever – Please Just Stop

Ever since the latest Android update, I’ve been getting endless popups for various apps, as well as deceptive, slimy, sleazy, dishonest, unethical (you get the idea) “surveys and promotions” scams, as well as hqiz like the two below:

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Of course, installing and running “trusted Android cleaner application” will install its own malware or otherwise damage my device or compromise my information.

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Another request for me to download more malware. Thanks, I’ll pass.

I complained bitterly at an Android forum, and while I wasn’t happy with the reality, a developer there had this to say:

Sorry to differ, but our source code is open source. If there was something punting ads in Stock Android, the world would definitely know that for sure. Samsung and Verizon’s software – on the other hand – is closed source and much harder for anyone to point a finger. I’m afraid Verizon support doesn’t know what they are talking about – most likely it is one of their own apps (for example: only this week it has been identified that Samsung devices are showing ads from an inbuilt Samsung app and HTC devices show ads from an in-built HTC app – please Google for the news stories as proof).

Malwarebytes showed nothing. I have installed no apps recently. I can’t figure out what’s going on here, but I just want it to stop. Other users on AndroidCentral are reporting very similar problems going back before my latest system update.

I just want this garbage to go away. May whoever is responsible for this nonsense be roped to a sawhorse and violated by an amorous camel for eternity.

Yarg snarl snap yarg.

Android’s recent update: Reams of popups and smarmy ads.

Not a happy camper today. Ever since the latest update on my Android, I’ve been getting endless popups and ads on my phone. I don’t know whose fault it is, and I can’t stop it.

Edit: After speaking with a Verizon tech rep, it appears that this is a known problem with the latest update, and all I can do is wait for Android to get around to making it available to Samsung. I sincerely hope some heads roll at Android; the amount of aggravation and inconvenience foisted upon countless users must be staggering.

Lyft

I’ve seen this one about six times now. Open letter to Lyft:

“I’d rather jump naked into a swimming pool full of double-edged razor blades than ever download your app.”

(With thanks to Weird Al for the thought.)

Here’s the next one, even more insidious:

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Right. Not interested. Back button.

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Still not interested. Back Button.

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… aaand I’ve been clickjacked. No matter how many times I hit “back,” the same three screens repeat forever. The only way out that I found was to kill Chrome altogether and restart it.

But what happens if I’m fool enough to fall down that rabbit hole?

Let’s take a look.

Playstation

Ooh! Ooh! Yes please, I want a PS4!

But let’s look at the fine print, shall we?

Purchase Requirements. Earn 100 points and claim your incentive. Earn 10 points for solving the puzzle, 20 points for providing survey responses, 30 points for viewing optional offers and the final 40 points for completing the requisite number of Silver, Gold and Platinum offers which are split into two tiers based on the incentive’s value. For Tier 1 incentives with a value of $100 or less, complete 2 Silver, 2 Gold and 1 Platinum offer. For Tier 2 incentives with a value of more than $100, complete 2 Silver, 2 Gold, and 6 Platinum offers. You must complete all offers within 30 days from when you complete your first offer. Completion of offers usually requires a purchase or entering into a paid subscription program for goods or services. The following link illustrates a Representative Sample of current offers by group along with the initial commitment to complete the offer and ongoing obligations. U.S. residents 18 years or older only. Limit of one incentive issued by RewardZone USA, LLC per household per calendar year. For promotional items not currently available, item will be delivered upon completion of purchase requirements described above and when item is available. Failure to submit accurate registration information, complete the survey questions or comply with claim verification process will result in loss of eligibility. SOLVING A PUZZLE, COMPLETING A SURVEY OR VIEWING OPTIONAL OFFERS WITHOUT COMPLETING THE NUMBER OF REQUIRED OFFERS SPECIFIED ABOVE DOES NOT QUALIFY YOU FOR AN INCENTIVE.

By participating, you agree to the Terms & Conditions which includes mandatory arbitration and Privacy Policy which includes your consent to our sharing your personally identifiable information with our Marketing Partners for which we may be compensated.

RewardZone administers this website and does not claim to represent or own any of the trademarks, tradenames or rights associated with any of the incentives which are the property of their respective owners who do not own, endorse, or promote RewardZone or this promotion.

Well, there was no puzzle, and no “following link,” but I guess I’ll just go ahead. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

After asking me how old I am, how often I visit facebook per week, and my email address, I’m told that “I qualify.” Goody! Now all I have to do is enter Name, Address, Phone Number, and Date of Birth, and by giving away all that information, I’ve earned 30 points! Now I can earn 20 more, by answering a few simple survey questions:

  • 85% of Americans have a car. Do you?
  • 68% of Americans own their home. Are you a homeowner?
  • Are you interested in reducing your electric bill by up to 70% by going solar?
  • 86% of Americans go on a vacation every year. Do you plan to travel on vacation this year?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you have a pet?
  • Do you have an active checking account?
  • Which of the following best describes your racial or ethnic background?
  • \What is your political affiliation?
  • Do you support gun control?
  • 52% of Americans have more than $10,000 in debt. Do you?
  • Do you currently have federal student loans in excess of $10,000?
  • What was your total household income during the past 12 months?
  • What is your current employment status?
  • Would you like emails from SweepstakesAlerts.com on how to win $5,000?
  • Would you like to take online surveys and earn rewards?
  • Would you like to receive great savings from major online retailers?
  • Are you interested in continuing your education?
  • Would you like great deals on Bestselling Ebooks?
  • 73% of Americans have health insurance. Do you?
  • How would you best describe the provider of your Health Insurance coverage program?
  • Do you ever pay out of pocket for prescription drugs?
  • Do you or someone in your household suffer from Diabetes? Select from the list of drugs.
  • Do you or someone in your household suffer from Back pain? Select from the list of drugs.
  • Do you or someone in your household suffer from Joint Pain? Select from the list of drugs.
  • Do you or someone in your household suffer from Sleep apnea? Select from the list of drugs.
  • Do you or somebody you know suffer from depression or anxiety? Select from the list of drugs.
  • Do you or somebody you know take any of the following medications for High Cholesterol? Select from the list of
  • drugs.
  • Do you or somebody you know suffer from recurring pain? Select from the list of drugs.

By the holy skull of Mogg’s grandfather, forget HIPAA; I might as well just hand these people the keys to my entire life. But now I get to give them permission to spam me:

Confirm

Look at that text:

By checking the box below I consent to receive phone sales calls and text messages – Msg and data rates may apply – from

  • Sweepstakes Entry Center
  • DegreeMatch
  • e-college-degree.com
  • Education Ahead
  • collegefinder.us
  • collegedegreefinder.org
  • USDegreeSearch.com
  • Degree Path
  • Education Opportunity
  • Education First
  • Midwest Periodicals
  • JMS Mktg
  • Viking Magazine Service
  • American Publishers
  • New Age Media
  • United Readers Service
  • North American Direct Services
  • Marketing Unlimited
  • Atlantic Media Source
  • Direct Service of America
  • Readers Network Reward’s Choice
  • Reality Media Inc.
  • HomeOwnerSavings.com
  • Solar America
  • Academic Advisor
  • AllAboutTheBaby
  • EducationDirect
  • Great American
  • SweepsCraze.com
  • Sweepstakes Entry Center
  • Global Readers Club
  • Diabetic Discount Club
  • Diabetic Total Care
  • Instinctive Edge
  • Health Body News
  • Am-Med Diabetic Supplies
  • Global Connections
  • Intellectual Inc
  • Diabetic Specialists
  • Your Diabetic Source and Discount Club
  • National Disability
  • Beyond Medical
  • Glades Drugs
  • ETourandTravel, Inc
  • 24/7 College Matching Center
  • The Student Loan Help Center
  • Med-Care Diabetic and Medical Supplies Inc.
  • Debt.com

on the landline or mobile number I provided even if I am on a federal or State do not call registry. I understand these calls may be generated using an autodialer and may contain pre-recorded messages and that consenting is not required to participate in the offers promoted.

OK, 48 companies can spam me forever and sell my information to any marketer who has tuppence to rub together. Do I get my reward now?

No, there’s more!

Alliance

“Only 5 left.” If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you, cheap.

PCS

What would a good scam be without Publisher’s Clearinghouse in there somewhere? But we’re not done yet.

surveys

Let’s shovel a few more offers at the sucker:

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But it looks like we may be nearing the end of the tunnel:

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Wow! I qualify again! Now all I have to do is fulfill the following offers:

Silver 1  Silver

Here’s an example of the kinds of “offers” you get to choose from:

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Remember Book of the Month Club and BMG, now both defunct? Their model was to hook you in with cheap up-front offers, and then follow up with a guaranteed purchase of a certain number of very expensive books/movies each year, along with very expensive shipping. Apparently Seuss (above) and Disney (below) still think that’s a viable model.

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Let’s look at Disney’s Terms and Conditons:

As a Disney Movie Club member, all you need to do is buy 5 movies at regular Club prices in the next 24 months (starting at $19.95 per DVD and $29.95 per Blu-ray for a member who joins under a DVD enrollment offer or starting at $29.95 per DVD and $29.95 per Blu-ray for a member who joins under a Blu-ray enrollment offer), plus shipping and processing of $3.95 for the first title in each order, and $1.49 for each additional title in that same order. You may cancel your membership at any time after purchasing the 5 movies.

By agreeing to purchase at least 5 regular-priced movies in the next 24 months, you qualify to receive 3 Disney movies of your choice from the list of titles currently available from the Disney Movie Club for $1.99 each. Shipping and processing is free. Please allow 2-4 weeks to receive your first shipment.

YOU MAY ALSO TAKE A 4TH MOVIE NOW AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF JUST $14.95, PLUS YOU PAY NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING AND PROCESSING CHARGE. This Bonus Movie will even count towards your purchase commitment, so you’ll only need to purchase 4 more movies in the next 24 months instead of 5.
PLUS YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE by selecting a 5TH MOVIE NOW FOR the special price of JUST $9.95 AND STILL PAY NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING AND PROCESSING CHARGE.

About every 4 weeks (up to 13 times a year) you will receive a mailing indicating the “Featured Title.” Plus you may also receive up to 2 more seasonal Featured Title mailings a year. That’s up to 15 buying opportunities a year! You can choose to receive the Featured Title, an alternate, or no movie at all. If you do not inform us of your choice within 10 days or by the date specified on the card (either by returning the card, visiting the website, or by calling the 800 number on the card), the Featured Title will be automatically shipped to you.
When you join the Disney Movie Club, you may provide us with your credit card information (website accepts credit card orders only). You will be charged only for the movies that you order (including Featured Title shipments) plus shipping and processing. We will not charge your credit card until the date of shipment. Sorry, we do not accept debit cards or check cards at this time.

You agree to fulfill your purchase commitment within 24 months of sign-up. If you are unable to meet your commitment within your commitment period, your credit card may be charged for the value of the 3 reduced-priced titles you have received. This amount is dependent upon your initial sign up offer and the format of your introductory movies.

Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed! If you are not completely satisfied with your introductory titles, simply return them within 10 days of receipt along with written notice informing us that you want to cancel your membership. We will refund any money you might have sent, including shipping and processing costs, as part of our no-risk guarantee.

This offer is limited to customers residing in the contiguous United States and may be withdrawn at any time. Disney Movie Club cannot ship to APOs or FPOs. Limit: one membership per household. Must be 18 years of age or older to join. Applicable sales tax will be added to orders shipped to California and Wisconsin.

This offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer, including coupons and rebates.

All applications to join the Disney Movie Club are subject to review. We reserve the right to request additional information, to reject any application, or to cancel any membership. We reserve the right to alter or end this offer at any time.
All titles are subject to availability.

But don’t forget the Gold Offers:

Gold

And then the Platinum Offers:

Platinum

Clicking on and following through with the requisite ten offers will very likely cost me five times the price of a PS4 purchased elsewhere, but I now have a chance for that reward. But only if the fates are with me, the stars are aligned, and I  haven’t missed a single step. And if I don’t follow through (see rule 4), there’s a good chance my reward will just “fall through the cracks.”

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Executive summary: Follow every step carefully, give up my information to every website in great detail, and wait patiently until I’m contacted by the company or companies involved. It may take a long time. A very long time. And if I missed a step somewhere, I can just be disqualified, just like that.

And here are the full Terms and Conditions of Rewardzone:

REWARDZONEUSA, LLC WEBSITES – TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Last Modified May 1, 2014

We (RewardZone USA, LLC) operate RewardZoneUSA.com, NationalConsumerCenter.com and other websites (Websites) where you can qualify to earn incentives – merchandise or gift cards (Incentives) – by completing certain offers (Promotions).

How the Promotions Work. To qualify for an Incentive you must (a) be at least 18 years old and a U.S.  resident; (b) register with a valid email address; (b) submit accurate contact and demographic information including a mailing address; (c) meet the applicable promotion requirements set forth below within a thirty day period measured from the first completed offer; and (d) provide a properly completed claim form and supporting documentation (see below).

Incentive Silver Offers Gold Offers Platinum Offers
Tier 1 – Value of $100 or less[1] 2 2 1
Tier 2 – Value greater than $100 [2] 2 2 6

The Silver, Gold and Platinum offers appear AFTER the registration forms, surveys and optional offers which do not count towards qualifying for an Incentive.  You will be credited with completing an offer only if you access it by clicking on a link provided on a Website.  If you don’t complete all of the requisite offers in one session, go to Incentive Status and log in and use the provided link that will enable you to resume signing up for offers or contact Customer Support who will provide you with a re-entry link. You cannot sign up for the same offer more than once to get credit for an Incentive.

For a financial offer such as a credit card, the card must be activated by making a purchase, balance transfer or cash advance for the offer to be considered “completed”, and the user must remain a card holder for at least 60 days. For a subscription or purchase offer, the advertiser must be able to successfully bill your credit card at least once or for the number of times specified in the particular offer’s terms to receive credit. Additional terms and conditions may apply to participation in select marketing offers. You should read the terms of each offer provided by the advertiser for an explanation of these terms where they exist.  If you have questions about any offers, please contact the third party sponsor/advertiser.

To receive credit for any sponsor offers completed, your billing information must match exactly the information you used when you registered with us. You should retain any confirmation emails or other documentation received

Incentive Status. You can check on your progress at any time by logging in with your email address on “Incentive Status.”

Claiming Your Incentive.  Start the claims process by logging onto the “Incentive Status” and selecting “Claim My Incentive.” Complete the required information: name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and Incentive Promotion.  We will review your claim and confirm whether you qualify.  If you do, we will contact any you via email and U.S. mail with a claim form.  Follow the instructions on the Claim Form.  If the Incentive has a value of $600 or more, you will also need to complete the provided IRS Form W-9. Once we have received a properly executed and notarized claim form, Photo ID and Form W-9, if required, we will send you your Incentive within two to four weeks.  You must claim your Incentive within 60 days of our sending you the claim form via email.   We reserve the right to substitute an Incentive of equal or greater value if the Incentive you earned is unavailable for any reason.

Publicity.  We may use your first name, last initial and City and State of residence (for example John S. Wichita, KS) on a Website.  We will also ask for a testimonial and/or a picture of you with your Incentive. If you submit either, you grant us a royalty-free license to display and use what you submit to us in any medium.

Limitations. Incentives are limited to one Incentive of any kind per household (persons living at the same address), within any twelve calendar month period.  You cannot complete offers using a bot or other automated means of signing up or otherwise tamper with our system or attempt to defraud us by using multiple email addresses or other means to circumvent the limitations described above.  If we reasonably believe you are attempting to do so, we may void all of your attempts to qualify for an Incentive.
Privacy, Security and Links:  Please review our Privacy Policy or more information concerning our collection and use of your information, the security of your information and how to have your information deleted from our database.  The Websites may contain links to other sites or services. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third party sites.

Tax Liability: You are responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes on any Incentive you receive.

Agreement; Choice of Law: You agree that the Full Terms constitute the agreement between us and that New York law controls.

Arbitration/Dispute Resolution:

If you have a dispute concerning any aspect of these Terms & Conditions, the Website, your participation in a Promotion, or entitlement to an Incentive, you should first contact customer support on our Website or by completing a customer support ticket. If Customer Support doesn’t resolve your dispute to your satisfaction, you can start a formal dispute proceeding by completing a Dispute Form. Completing a Dispute Form will elevate your dispute and we will attempt to resolve the matter to your satisfaction within thirty (30) days of our receipt of your Dispute Form. We may choose to provide you with a final written settlement offer during this process. If we provide you with a final written settlement offer and you don’t accept it, or we can’t otherwise satisfactorily resolve your dispute or you chose to skip this step, you can submit your dispute for resolution by arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in the county where you live by filing a separate Demand for Arbitration online by following the instructions at https://apps.adr.org/webfile/. You will need our mailing address to file online which is:

RewardZone USA, LLC

128 Court Street, 3rd Floor

White Plains, NY 10601

Fax: 646-349-3872

If we have a dispute, we will submit our dispute for resolution by arbitration before the AAA in New York, NY. If either party files for arbitration, it will be conducted in accordance with the then current AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules. The arbitrator will have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute including any claim that all or any part of the Terms & Conditions, including this provision, are unenforceable. If you proceed to arbitration, we will pay all AAA filing, administration and arbitrator fees unless the arbitrator determines that your claim is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)). For claims brought by you of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or less, you can choose whether the arbitration proceeds in person, by telephone or based only on submissions. The arbitrator may award any form of individual or equitable relief, including injunctive relief. Any award will be final and conclusive to the parties and may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If you initiate arbitration and the arbitrator awards you relief that is greater than our final written settlement offer made before an arbitrator was selected, then we will pay you a minimum recovery of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), plus we will reimburse any reasonable expenses incurred by your attorney, if any, including fees reasonably accrued for investigating, preparing and pursuing the claim in arbitration. Although under some laws we may have a right to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses if we prevail in arbitration, we agree that we will not seek such an award from you. You and your attorneys are not required to keep the results of the arbitration confidential. This provision shall not be construed to preclude any party from seeking injunctive relief to protect its rights pending an outcome in arbitration.

You agree to the entry of injunctive relief to stop such a lawsuit or to remove you as a participant in such a suit. The Terms & Conditions do not constitute a waiver of any of your rights and remedies to pursue a claim individually and not as a class action in binding arbitration as provided above. This provision preventing you from bringing, joining or participating in class action lawsuits is an independent agreement. You may opt-out of these Dispute Resolution Provisions by providing written notice of your decision within thirty (30) days of the date that you first register on our Website.

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[1] Gift cards with a face value of $100 or less and other merchandise with an average retail value of $100 or less.

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This whole operation which began with “Congratulations, You’ve Been Selected” is sleazy, dishonest, and deceptive marketing at its very worst. I would be very interested to know how many Americans actually fall for this, give up all their information, fulfill every offer, pay all that good money, and actually ever receive whatever “prize” is being dangled in front of them.

To use a common but inaccurate phrase, “I just can’t even.

can't even

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Work From Home Job! (Mail Forwarding Scam)

I’ve written about mail-forwarding scams before. The email I got yesterday was interesting for its attempt to bypass Bayesian filtering (which worked, by the way).

Here’s what I saw:

From: Irena Bojorquez <IrenabgmBojorquezxrq@outlook.com>
To: “ccdesan@comcast.net” <ccdesan@comcast.net>

Subject: Christopher c. desantis , Work from home job!

Good afternoon,

Technology driven Multinational Corporation is looking for individuals with a “team player” attitude, great communication skills, a great work ethic, with a flexible working schedule.

We offer part time home-based position of Assistant Manager, that is available in Canada and United States.

You’ll be helping us to maintain an exceptional quality of the services we provide. In particular, your job responsibilities would include:

  • receiving and checking the contents of the items, which will be forwarded to you;
  • sending those items to our customers using the shipping labels provided;
  • receiving the payments from our customers and processing them as instructed;
  • keeping the information of all the items and transfers you process using our online panel;- regularly communicating with assigned Supervisor.

Our benefits include:

  • Base Salary
  • Commission Plan
  • Flexible Schedule-
  • No Experience Necessary
  • No Hidden Charges

Please be advised that we require you to be at least 18 y.o. to be eligible for this position.If You’re interested and would like to find out more about our company and the position offered, please email me back. You’ll get a message with detailed information within 2 business days.Thank you and have a great day.

Here’s what I didn’t see (i.e. it was invisible as the font color was white, but there was this huge “empty space” at the end of the message, which was the obligatory red flag that there was something there:

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That is a phenomenal amount of random garbage to include in an email message, and its purpose is to fool spam filters into thinking that this is a legitimate message. For what it’s worth, the spam did manage to get through Comcast’s relatively robust filters and end up in my mailbox, but the visible part of the message was enough to be recognizable as the tired old “mail forwarding scam.”

If a company feels it necessary to take steps like this to make sure its spam is seen, that’s a huge red flag. Don’t walk, run the other way and have nothing to do with these criminals.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Stung by a deceptive popup

Sometimes I’m just tired, I guess. Normally I don’t pay attention to things I see on my Android since I don’t have ad-blocking software and I’m used to getting the occasional popup or redirect. The other day I saw this:

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and thought, what the heck. To my shame, I didn’t bother to look at the URL: 2015survey.com-visitor0vsj.link. Decidedly not from Comcast.

(It did bother me that they got my IPv4 address right – I wasn’t using a proxy at the time – and really, none of us has any privacy on the Internet, but that’s a subject for another day.)

Let us make my own folly into an object lesson for others.

After a few generic questions about my satisfaction with Comcast, I get this:

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Well, hqiz. As soon as I saw “Garcinia Cambogia,” I knew I’d been hornswoggled into looking at a whole raft of camel ejecta that I’d normally only see on clickbait ads.

So my “reward” is the privilege of looking at affiliate-marketing ads for crappy, worthless products. “Quantity remaining” and “valid for only 60 minutes” are shameless lies. Why anyone would do business with such blatant crooks is beyond me. Notice that the price for every “reward” is $0.00, but you pay for some shipping, and if you follow one of the “rewards,” you’ll get roped into a scummy deal in which you’ll lose both money and your personal information.

A relevant quote from an Atlantic article which I referred to elsewhere says a lot about this kind of trash:

The downside to affiliate marketing is its astonishing rate of fraud. Because affiliates put up their own money to pay for ads pushing these products, they have a strong incentive to dupe consumers, so they can recoup their investment. If you’ve ever clicked an ad or a “sponsored link” about, say, a spectacularly effective new weight-loss scheme, which then leads you to a fake news article (or “farticle,” in the industry parlance) filled with sketchy scientific findings and constant entreaties to buy a product “risk free,” then condolences are in order: you’ve likely stumbled into some affiliate’s trap. “Affiliates are the most creative bunch of people you’re ever going to find, because you’ve got 5,000 people promoting the same product, and they’re all trying to get an edge,” Jim Lillig, an Illinois-based affiliate-marketing strategist, told me. “So of course you’re going to have people pushing the envelope. Some will do anything and everything to promote a product they think they can make money with.”

Gah.

At the end of the list, I got this:

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“Comments” from “satisfied users” (meaning, paid shills or total nonsense written by the advertiser using stolen or stock images), and a chance to leave my own comment:

Sleazy. You don’t care about my answers, you just want me to buy sketchy, worthless junk that I’d normally see on clickbait ads (if I didn’t use add blockers, that is.)

Trouble is, these comments go directly to /dev/null, and no one will ever see them – except you.

When all was said and done, there was this, which makes it clear that I have fallen prey to an affiliate marketer:

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2008-2015 All Rights Reserved. This is an independent survey and marketing website which is not affiliated with or endorsed by Comcast Cable. This website does not claim to represent or own any of the trademarks, tradenames or rights associated with any of the offers which are the property of their respective owners who do not own, endorse, or promote this website. All images on this website are readily available in various places on the Internet and believed to be in public domain according to the U.S. Copyright Fair Use Act. Offer shipping and handling fees may apply. *See manufacturer’s site for details as terms may vary with offers. NOTE – This website receives compensation in exchange for promoting third party offers. See important terms and conditions regarding this survey, site, and advertisement here.

“Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Be smarter than I was the other day, and don’t click things like this.

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The Old Wolf has spoken.