Posts tagged with 'scam'


The Mortgage Protection sleaze

Back in August 2015, I wrote a blog post about the sleazy auto-warranty companies mailing me trying to get me to sign up after I’d bought out the lease on my wife’s car. It’s turned into one of the more popular posts on this site, so, without further ado: it’s time for another sleaze! A couple of weeks ago, I closed on a new house for us: bigger plot and house, with a garage for a third car (hello, 64SAINT !), and air conditioning. We’re certainly happy about it and are going to be moving in a couple...

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Scam HTTP_REFERER problem

My wife has a small blog for her hobby. I am, for my sins, her IT guy for it. She posts to it about once a week, maybe twice, and of course, after every post there’s a small uptick in views. All nice and normal. About a couple of months ago, I began to notice something weird happening. There was one post in particular that was getting 50-75% of all the views per day. There was nothing too striking about the post itself, but we laughed it off, imagining that it was obviously remarkable enough that...

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The Auto Warranty sleaze

A month ago, we purchased my wife’s Acura off the lease. She’d done less than 30,000 miles in the three years she’d had it, there was nothing wrong with it, and there wasn’t anything available for the models she liked, in the colors and with the luxury level she was keen on. So rather than worry too much about that elusive new car, we just bought the current one off the lease. Maybe in a couple of years there’ll be something she likes and we’ll consider what to do then. Anyway, this is not about...

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Fake magazine renewal notice

As a household, we subscribe to a few magazines. Hence we get renewal notices for those magazines regularly, and, the magazine subscription industry being what it is, we usually get two or three renewal notices per magazine subscription. On average maybe a couple per month. All well and good, no problem. In today’s mail I got this renewal notice for The Economist : The only issue is I do not actually subscribe to The Economist . I did, a few years ago, and liked it, but I never really found time...

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Internet Corporation Listing Service, icls.net

They're baaaaack! Back last December I got an invoice — er, sorry, a solicitation for services , cunningly disguised as an invoice — from this company for another domain I administer. I wrote it up as a blog post , shredding the invoice, oops, solicitation afterwards. Well, they just sent me one for boyet.com, this here domain what you connected to for these pearls of wisdom from yours truly. And the price has gone up to $65! And still they'll accept checks only (because it's too easy for you to...

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It's scammy letter day!

It must be my birthday or something for, in opening up all the mail that came while I was away in the office in California (my wife doesn't open junk mail or bills), I came across two letters that are deceitful to the n th degree and borderline scams in my opinion. Ooh, let's see! The first is from Internet Corporation Listing Service, ICLS. Man, this is a doozy: it looks like a bill, and just like a bill, it has a tear-off portion at the bottom so you can mail in your check (no ability to use credit...

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