Since almost becoming a victim of one, I’ve gotten very interested in web scammers. These are people who put up websites whose secondary purpose is plugging dubious products, and whose main purpose is fraud and theft.
I started posting about web scams in my regular blog; the topic became so engrossing (to me, anyway) that it was a distraction from what I usually write about. So I’m shifting web scamming to its own blog, and this is it!
Entertainment: The earnest fantasies that web scammers spin are hilarious. And their devious machinations show lots of talent and effort, making me wonder why they don’t just get jobs. Laughing at them throws sunlight on them, drying up their slimy schemes.
Someone has to do it: The Better Business Bureau is mired in the 20th century. Credit card issuers eat reversed charges, having learned the futility of pursuing nomadic and offshore operations. The feds have bigger fish to fry. And Amazon has lulled consumers into supposing that all web stores are honest, reliable businesses. A few bloggers are doing what they can to warn people. And that may be the most we can realistically accomplish.
I hope you’ll enjoy and benefit from this blog. Please reply with your experiences, corrections and ideas.
Call to action
- If you have a blog or a web page, it would be a public service if you would include links to posts I’ve made. Together we can “google-bomb” the scammers by positioning honest information higher in Google search results than their fake reviews.
- Send me a link to your blog about scamming, and I’ll include it here.
- If you bought something from a scammer and you don’t want it, give that purchase some purpose. Send it to me! I’ll review it (but I’m not promising to test stuff that’s too sketchy or scary) and write about it to warn others.
8/31/16 Update: When I set up this blog, I copied over my posts about the LUX HD450 phone lens scam and removed the links to the scam site. And I wrote additional posts without scam site links. Since then I’ve noticed that the same posts with scam site links get 40 times the readership as posts without links. I’m guessing that this reflects something Google is doing to prioritize search results. To reach and warn more people, I’m going to add links to scam sites. I’ll color them red; click at your peril!