Suckers lists. Compilations of personal details relating to people who are easy to scam. You might think that this type of information is a very closed shop, with scam organisations keeping the data closely guarded among their ranks and charging a vast amount of money even to pass it on to fellow blag artists. But the combination of human ignorance and social media’s ‘sleepwalk’ privacy arrangements means that actually, if you want to compile your own suckers list, you can do it on Twitter, in moments, for free. Continue reading The Twitter Suckers List
Protecting a Twitter account can seem like a fairly easy decision – particularly if you’ve had problems of one sort or another, and don’t want certain people bothering you or reporting on what you’ve said. But in most circumstances, protecting a Twitter account isn’t a good idea. Continue reading Protected Twitter: Futile and Dumb?
Every day, millions of people post their own content to the Internet. For most, it’s just a casual bit of sharing, of material which has typically taken no more than a few moments to create. A photo, captured on a smartphone and sent directly to a Facebook feed, or a simple thought, no more than a sentence long, typed instantly into Twitter. There’s no real ‘archival’ element to the content. It’s there for the moment – easy come, easy go. Continue reading Why Twitter is Bad for Creatives
Online dating sites range from the cynical, subscription-based projects run by the likes of Global Personals and Cupid, to free, ad-monetised facilities like PlentyofFish. But whichever you choose, the stark reality is that it’s almost inevitably not going to work. Continue reading Why Online Dating Doesn’t Work
Sadly, it’s endemic on Twitter. Not only content theft, but also the much less commonly recognised scourge of Klout Theft. You’ll probably be aware that your Klout is your Twitter influence. It’s not purely about how many followers you have – it’s about how many people really notice you, care about what you say, and respond to you. Klout has high value on Twitter. In fact, Klout has become such a valuable commodity that people are stealing it. You do the work, they get your Klout. Continue reading Twitter Crimes: 1 – Klout Theft
You’ve probably seen this ad around on the Internet. It’s been in circulation for a long time. If you’re anything like me you’ll have a policy of steering well clear when something you find online looks too good to be true. But these ads aren’t exactly an ‘underground’ phenomenon. They’re not restricted to aggressive ‘adult’ sites and the peer to peer networks. They appear on huge, supposedly reputable, mainstream sites, which have millions of users. That in itself lends them significant credibility. So where do the ads actually lead?…
Well, they lead to what’s known as an Advertorial site. In plain terms, a scam site.
The page is set up to look like an independent review, on a news site, which appears to have been endorsed by big and reputable news organisations. Here in the UK, that includes Sky News and the BBC. In America it includes CNN, NBC, ABC and FOX.
But the entire site is the work of a scam organisation. In fact, despite the way the site looks, it’s really just a single page. The links to other stories and sections don’t lead anywhere except to the con artist’s signup form, and the comments after the ‘article’ are all fake. It’s a con. Pure and simple. But the con artists are getting away with these ruses. Why? Because THEY ACTUALLY TELL YOU IT’S A CON. In very small print, at the bottom of the page, you’ll find the following information. I’ve used my own large, red, bold text to emphasise the important stuff. Needless to say the scam artists don’t do the same. This is the reality of “I make £437 every Day". Part 1…
And Part 2…
Or, in a sentence, it’s complete and utter bullshit. Not only that, but if you read the ‘advertorial’ you can see it’s clearly aimed at people who are in vulnerable situations. People who’ve lost their jobs and are in dire need of an income. Classic, morally bankrupt, scammers’ tactics. This setup seeks to con vulnerable people into throwing away what little means they do have on totally valueless offerings. Why are these cons allowed to persist? There has to be something wrong.
If you’re a musician who uses the VST environment on a PC, this piece of gear represents one of the best ways to get classic 1970s-style synth sounds without spending a penny. The Mutiny Polysynth from Planet Botch is a FREEWARE virtual analogue synthesizer for the VST environment. It’s already had many thousands of downloads, but why has it been such a popular choice? Continue reading A Free Retro Analog VST Synth