If you get an email that resembles this, don’t put your information in. It’s a scam. I started filling things out and Firefox stopped me and told me it was a reported web forgery, which means this is a reported phishing scam.
Several years back I began to receive the scam emails from Nigeria. I’m sure you are familiar with these so I won’t go into a great explanation. Normally, I can just ignore them, but these were coming to an email pertaining to a domain that I owned for my computer repair business.
It started with a few, and then grew to about 20 per day - every single day. It was irritating to get an email notification only to find out that it was one of these BS emails.
I thought…what to do, what to do…then I had an idea. I went to Angelfire and created a free website with nothing more than a counter on it.
I shelled out to a command prompt and wrote a batch file that when executed erased boot.ini, nrldr, ntdetect.com then launched a browser which loaded the website I had created (I put a pause in it, silently recursing the windows directory just to make sure their PC made it to the website) then it would shut down the PC.
For those of you not in the ‘know’, this will prevent a computer from booting, stopping at a black screen displaying an error message. A good tech could have it back up and going with not much issue, but I was betting against that - after all, this is Nigeria.
I packaged the file into a password protected zip file and emailed it back to a few scammers stating that 'This was given to me by the bank, and contains my banking and credit card information. It is set to give a false virus warning to stop scammers, the password for the first file is <password>. Please do not steal my information, I trust you’.
Within 2 days, the counter on my website had went from 3 (where I tested it) to over 140.
I have YET to receive another email from scammers at this email address. From what I understand, they hack each others email in hopes of stealing 'victims’ from each other. I hope that the down-time I forced upon them was enough to allow for at least a few people to be educated about this scam.
SCAMMER ALERT! ATTENTION SHOP OWNERS AND POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF DORKYMERMAIDS, THERE HAS BEEN A YOUNG GIRL UNDER DIFFERENT ALIASES/INSTAGRAM NAMES GOING AROUND AND SCAMMING SMALL SHOPS LIKE PEACHYKITTEN AND CUTIEPIEAPPAREL.
SOME OF HER IG NAMES INCLUDE: @DIXIE.PRINCESS , @ KAWAIINESSO , AND @ LOSER.KAWAII . SUSPECTED ACCOUNTS ARE: @ CUTIEPXNK , @ _________666___________ , AND @ PURRFXTION . DORKY MERMAIDS IS A STORE OWNED BY EITHER HER OR HER SIBLING. DORKYMERMAIDS’s CONTACT EMAIL WAS THE EMAIL USED IN HER ORDERS WHERE SHE SCAMMED PEOPLE. IF YOU RECEIVE ORDERS FROM THIS PERSON, CANCEL THEM AND/OR BLOCK THEM.
THE PHOTOS OF HER ABOVE SHOWS THAT SHE DID, IN FACT, RECEIVE THE ITEMS SHE BOUGHT AND IS WEARING ONE OF THE ITEMS IN HER PICTURES, AFTER CLAIMING SHE DID NOT RECEIVE ANY OF THE ITEMS SHE BOUGHT OR THAT SHE NEVER BOUGHT THOSE ITEMS.
Okay, between me threatening action to get my money back here I opened up a paypal dispute. HOW CONVENIENT that Kenny only got back in contact at that point. Being stupid and trusting, I closed the dispute.
Hanfir = the friend I was getting this joint commission with. Apparently Kenny contacted my friend and offered to either refund our money or give us 10 pieces of art in return. We chose the money and Kenny never contacted either of us again. We’ve been waiting since October last year, paid $50 between us, and never even got a sketch. She also hasn’t replied to either of us posting publicly on her art galleries, and a few other people report not getting their art.
I also posted a comment on her DA but it was shortly deleted and a friend turned up to defend her.
In short, don’t commission this artist. They’ll string you along for months with countless excuses and never produce work or a refund.
Once this medicine-man show has got you interested, that’s when they throw out the largest number they think you’ll agree to. If you wanna find out how badly you’re being ripped off, just look over the salesman’s shoulder when you hand over your debit card.
“The way it used to be is that prices were totally made up, but there is a logic behind it,” David explains. “They have minimum prices. … The POS system that we use is designed for that kind of haggling. In the corner, in small gray letters, is how much above the minimum you are.”
WARNING!!! SCAMMER!!! I came back from a bonfire about 20 minutes ago to find someone IN THE MIDDLE of hacking my account. There were about 50 NC items in my inventory when I logged in and as I reported I watched them disappear. The person was fast about deleting the gift acceptance emails but I managed to screenshot 2. So far over 2000$ of stuff has been taken. None of my NP, pets, or preferences have been messed with yet, but I don’t think they know I’m online right now. Protect yourself from this person. I don’t know how they got my info, since I haven’t given it out or used any fake logins. I’m a total paranoiac about my account, and I have A LOT of real life money invested in this site, so I’m literally crushed right now. Please look out for this person (probably a shell, but you never know) and protect your accounts!
I personally find it hilarious how Fawny keeps having to delete her store advertisements on instagram because her scamming is so well known, and if she doesn’t police the comments 24/7 deleting all the ones people are posting about her scams then no one will buy her shit. I also find it funny how even her fans are catching on, asking her why she keep changing stores so often. Poor Fel, who’s going to fund her alcoholism and narcissism now?
In all honesty here..if Fine Bros didn’t lose over 300k subs within a few hours, they wouldn’t have made any apology. Let’s be real.
They have a track record dating back to 2012 on having people’s react videos deleted and shaming other people doing react videos as well as Ellen Degeneres with her having kids on her show reacting to old technology. They treated their channel as of it’ll be remembered in 100 years. They wanted to trademark a word just because they’re popular in what they’re doing. The fact that they’ve been known to shame and call out other people doing react videos since 2012 shows they have had this idea for a long time. They aren’t sorry. That track record shows they’ve been wanting to do this and that they planned it in advanced.
Sure, some people are going overboard with hate, but Fine Bros still needs a punishment.
It is hard to over-estimate the influence of early training in the direction of superstition. You first teach your children that a certain book is true, that it was written by God himself, that to question its truth is a sin, that to deny it is a crime, and that should they die without believing that book they will be forever damned without benefit of clergy. The consequence is, that long before they read that book, they believe it to be true. When they do read it, their minds are wholly unfitted to investigate its claims.
So, I found this thing today. My friend #sgtericwilliams has been dead since 23 July 2012, but somehow on 1 February 2013 he made an appearance on Facebook.
All levity aside, Eric is dead. I went to his funeral, I saw his ashes go into San Diego Bay, Eric is dead.
This is what I suspect to be a #scam going on through the Internet. People using the names and images of Soldiers, dead and alive, and using them for their personal gain. This is a problem, and something needs to be done about it. I don’t know how, but it seems that this sort of Internet, valor stealing, fraud, and identity theft should be traceable.
#military #fraud #scam #scammers #scamming #kia #afghanistan #deployment #army #identitytheft #imposter
Okay, I just need to put this out there… How stupid do you have to be? No really, how dumb? Let me explain:
I am an independent author. Which means that I write stories/novels and publish them on eBook format. It’s not like the best way to make money, but it is a really good way of launching a writing career. Anyways, I publish under a pseudonym for personal reasons we don’t need to get into on here. Needless to say, I do my own marketing and public relations. I use Facebook and twitter for those. (Facebook, Twitter) Both accounts are set up under my pseudonym, using limited/tweaked information. Basically I’m lying about who I am in order to write and publish my books. Nothing like illegal, but having a separate identity from my normal one is part of being an author. Many of us are basic frauds and actors just trying to get heard because we have something to say.
Now here is what I don’t understand: Why would you insist on continuing a chat with someone who explains to you that they are lying from the get go? I mean seriously! I know there are idiots out there. I just had no idea that I would attract them. It seriously boggles my mind.
As you can see from the links provided, I don’t even have a good profile picture. You can’t tell any facial features or body type or even if I am female or male. All of that has to be taken on good faith with my honesty as to the profile. So why would you continue a discussion with someone straight up telling you, “this is not my actual profile”? *Facepalm*
Okay here is the situation: In order to boost my network, I have been friending everyone that is four friends or higher in common with my author account. It’s a public account, so anyone can read my tweets or friend me on Facebook. Well in the process of friending people, some guy messaged me. I played nice, but I kept telling him that it was author account. Eventually, I had to tell the dude that I wasn’t looking for anything and am just trying to boost my network. He unfriended me. I laughed. It was funny at first. I mean seriously, I told the guy that it was a marketing page from the beginning.
It happened AGAIN! Not the same guy. (Thank God or this would be the longest shaming blog ever.) I was up front and honest again. This guy did not unfriend me. But insisted on chatting until ‘I am ready to have a relationship with him’. *Rolls eyes* Are you kidding me?! This guy knows nothing about me. Hasn’t anyone ever heard of catfishing or scamming or probing? I have basically told them I’m in a better position than they are to do these things. Obviously, I wasn’t going to do them being that I told them upfront it is an author page.
I haven’t chatted with the second guy again. But I can’t help wondering how desperate and dumb you have to be to (1) not take the obvious hint and (2) to want a relationship with someone you have been told DOES NOT EXIST! Please, please respect yourselves more than these idiots. Believe those that tell you they are not real. And don’t settle for fakes. BECAUSE YOU WILL GET SCAMMED AND HEARTBROKEN.
This has been a public internet service announcement. Thank you.
Alright, as an artist who has used their services before for things such as calendars and–sadly, i’ve been waiting over a month for some address labels that simply vanished. Twice–I feel like I should give you folks out there a small warning.
As you can see here, there have been numerous accounts of people ordering an item, waiting for said item, and never receiving it. Many have been told their order was ‘canceled’, one: without telling the customer, and two: without returning their money. This continues, even after people report the issue to Vistaprint, and in the end, a large number of people never receive their orders. Many people have also ‘rented’ domain names and website designs through them with a monthly fee. Quite a few of them have been charged months after they canceled their service with Vistaprint. Not to mention the people who have found random ‘fees’ charged to their banks many months after they order something.
There’s also this:
This here: ‘IN NO EVENT SHALL VISTAPRINT OR ITS LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR VENDORS, THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT VISTAPRINT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE OR OF FAILURE TO PROVIDE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT YOU ORDER FROM VISTAPRINT OR ITS AFFILIATES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES ARISING FROM MISTAKE, OMISSION, VIRUS, DELAY, OR INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE.’
Means that they are not responsible for any issues you have due to corrupt data from the web services they provide, or for sending you bad products, or not sending you any products that you’ve ordered at all. Which means they don’t owe you anything for, basically, not providing the services they claim to provide.
There’s also this part where their company supposedly abides by laws of different countries, depending on the issue:
Where ‘All issues related to the protection, infringement, or misuse of copyrighted materials shall be governed by the copyright laws of the United States of America’
Any other issues, like the ones the reviewers up there might be facing:
‘Any legal action or proceeding relating to or arising from your access to or use of this Site shall be instituted in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of courts sitting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and agree that venue in these courts is proper in any such legal action or proceeding.’
So, for things related to your experience with their site, you will have to take legal action against them in the Netherlands.
But, as several of the complaints have stated, many of their transactions have gone ‘missing’, which is why, supposedly, Vistaprint is unable to refund them. They also offer their refunds in ‘paper check’ from, that is supposed to arrive in the mail within 30 days. [Note: No one has received this mysterious check, as of yet. ]
This goes directly against several aspects of the The Bermuda Standard for Electronic Transactions, not to mention the fact that that these transactions are more often than not processed through Paypal. There is no reason they can’t refund through Paypal, which would leave not only a proper record of the full transaction and refund, but abide by the same set of standards they supposedly follow.
All in all, if you order from Vistaprint, you are:
1: Most likely to never receive your order, or a refund for said missing order.
2: Probably going to receive something of poor quality. [ I can vouch for that, personally. ]
3: You will be treated to generic, impolite responses from the customer service teams.
4: Nothing will ever be resolved and you will probably never see your money again.