Category: Warning

The Clear Smart Fake TV Sales Scam

Clear-Smart advertise bargain price TVs on the Internet at

When you try to buy one – the card payment fails. Any card payment fails and they offer a further discount if you pay by bank transfer.

If you agree and pay – then your money is gone.

Meanwhile they fob you off with stories about the TV having been lost or damaged in transit or out of stock. They say anything to put you off for a while.

If you persist, then in time they turn nasty as they don’t like too many calls asking where the product is.

Then it’s obvious that it’s all just a scam – there are no TVs and having paid by bank transfer – the money is gone. Also, as they have your card details – your account may be at risk.

The moral is clear – always check carefully who you are buying from and NEVER pay by bank transfer or money payment agent as the money may be gone irretrievably

Clear Smart is a trading name for CS Online Retail Limited with registered owners – Charlotte Catherine Hicks and Nigel Peter Davis.

If you know anything about Clear Smart or CS Online Retail Limited then do let me know by email.

The Trading Options Scam

There are thousands of professionals who trade stock market options for a living and many do very well in this complex and risky world of finance.

Scammers like products such as Trading Options as there are cases in the news of people working from home making a fortune trading options, legitimately.

The scam is simple – entice people with tales of huge successes, the jet set lifestyle and leaving their troubles behind them.  Tell people they will make fast profits in a few hours a day, be able to give up their jobs and almost instantly achieve riches beyond their dreams. Then sell them rubbish.

For many people there is also an element of fear attached to the idea of trading on the stock market so to remove that fear the scammers may promise money back guarantees or the first few trades at no risk or a pot of money already in your account.

For example, a recent email states “Your account is ready and loaded with 5 Non-Risk Trades + 150% bonus!”

Followed by

No Risk No Reward? Not True!

But they know full well that although a lot of people can be enticed into trying trading but the vast majority lose money and give up.

There are perfectly legitimate companies offering stock market trading but the reputable firms do not cold call or send spam emails and they make people very much aware of the risks involved.

A recent piece of research showed that home investors who trade options made on average only 20% of the profits of those investors who steered clear of options.  So it’s better to avoid trading options unless you are an expert.

If you want to try trading then do find a reputable company and learn before risking your own money.

Warning: Online Advertising Networks

An online advertising network or ad network buys advertising space on any websites and sells that as package deals to advertisers . The key function of an ad network is aggregation of ad space supply from publishers and matching it with advertiser demand.

The advertising network market is a large and growing market, with Internet advertising revenues expected to grow to $240bn in 2019.

Online advertising may be on websites on desktop computers and mobile devices, in RSS feeds, on blogs, in instant messaging applications, mobile apps, e-mails, and on other media.

Large publishers often sell their remaining advertising space through ad networks.

Online advertising networks typically use these three approaches:-

  1. Vertical Networks: The network works with a group of publishers in an industry sector e.g. travel and any advertisers will be able to see where their adverts will be positioned.
  2. Blind Networks: These companies offer good pricing to direct marketers in exchange for those marketers not knowing control over where their ads will run. Blind networks achieve their low pricing through bulk buying of advertising space and mopping up last minute spaces available.
  3. Targeted Networks: these focus on specific targeting technologies such as behavioural targeting and contextual targeting.

The Issue With Ad Networks

Location: Most ad networks do not disclose where the ads will be placed for how many impressions.  So advertisers are in the dark to some degree and may end up with their ads appearing on sites they would not want to be associated with e.g. gambling sites carry a lot of ad network adverts.

Pricing: An advertiser may buy a package of advertising space that includes some sites they like. However the ad network may place very little on those sites as they are probably more expensive and instead place most of the ads on lower quality websites which will be cheaper.

This way the ad network can make larger profits at the expense of quality.

Relevance: Ad networks may place ads anywhere they can get bargains and this is likely to be sites that are irrelevant for the advertiser. This leads to poor results and failure to communicate with the chosen market.

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The Central Register of Companies

A letter arrived for Fightback from The Central Register of Companies and Businesses.

The letter looks official but is not addressed to a person or a job role, just to the company.

It starts off by specifying the company start date and address then comes the deceitful part.

Go to and pay for the publication of your company.

Lack of payment will result in lack of entry in the Central Register of Companies and Businesses.

At first glance, maybe that sounds bad and I’d better pay up quickly. But of course it’s just a  sales pitch wrapped up to sound like it’s an official requirement.

The letter continues saying the same things in different official sounding words.

In accordance with the current register rules (8 of internal rules), publication of an entry in the Central Register of Companies and Businesses requires payment of an optional registration fee of £200.

The letter does not class as a scam because the wording is careful to avoid actual lies. However, it is designed to fool people who don’t read it carefully and I suspect many businesses have signed up for what is essentially just an entry In a business directory without realising that’s all it is.

If you want to pay for an entry in a directory – that’s fine, but don’t pay for such things without reading the offer carefully.

Don’t be fooled.

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Warning: Antibiotics For Sale Online

An email from titled ‘Excite your communications thirst”

In fact the email is trying to sell antibiotics and is nothing to do with communications.

The main selling point is “Good antibiotics made with love and care

And it says

  • Shipping to anywhere worldwide
  • Lowest price
  • No prescription required

The statement about the drugs being good and made with love and care is worrying. No professional pharmaceutical company would state anything like that. As customers you want to know that a product is made according to the set standards not with love and care as if they are talking about cakes. You don’t want to know that it is ‘good’ but that it is verified to be at the required standard.

The seller appears to have no company name – just shortened urls advertising products.

I would not buy any kind of medicine from an online store such as this one. I would not feel confident that any products they supply have the correct active ingredients  and haven’t been cut with talcum powder, rat poison or whatever was to hand in the garage or slum where they were likely produced, to keep the price down.

This applies to any drug, but the world is increasingly facing antibiotic resistant bacteria and all antibiotics MUST be prescribed by a doctor and taken according to the instructions.

Allowing people to buy antibiotics online without prescription can only make the problem worse at a faster rate.

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Online Paid Surveys Can Be Questionable

There are huge numbers of people who would love to work from home, working when they choose.

And there are endless adverts on the Internet for these jobs, but sadly 59 out of every 60 such adverts are scams.

However, there are some real work at home jobs and filling in online surveys is one of them. Lots of sites offer these surveys and you get paid for filling them in.

Many of them have a poor reputation – tedious questions, not paying up, survey freezing near the end so you don’t get paid etc.

One such site that used to have a good reputation is the Australian group My Opinions at This is a well organised setup with lots of surveys and people have been paid and done well out of filling in the surveys.

Recently the website was taken over by a new company and some people feel the quality has dropped. is nothing to do with the Police – it’s just a website about surveys and people have added their views of and there is a lot of bad feeling about the company now.

It seems that some people have a good experience and are paid appropriately but others find that surveys free3ze at the end so they don’t count and some have been evicted from the survey site without reason and their payments not made.

Be careful if you start online surveys for money – make sure to pick a reputable company that always pays.

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Warning – Surrey Roadside Scam

Some friends of Sarah’s were nearly caught out by this roadside scam.

Sarah’s friends were driving down the slip road onto the A3 near Esher and saw by the roadside that something had happened. A person was lying by the road and a stopped car. A man flagged them down.

He claimed he was a company director and had run out of fuel. He offered to give them his ring in return for money for petrol.

Sarah’s friends had been scammed before and knew to take no chances so they drove off.

If you are stopped and asked for money or even asked to get out and help – think carefully and examine the situation.

Why haven’t they got a phone?

Is there something not quite right about the scene?

If you are worried – DO NOT STOP.  You can find a place to park a safe distance away and ring the police, tell them what has happened and they can and go and see if there is really anything wrong.

A similar roadside scam to this has been reported recently in Copsem Lane near Esher.

Being a Good Samaritan is natural to many of us but be careful as things may not be what they seem.

Do not get caught out.

Warning: e-Dinar Cyber Currency

E-Dinar is a cyber currency and it’s also described as an Internet community of people who use the e-Dinar   currency.

It is also an investment which people choose because of the promise that they will get 20% growth per month.

Is e-Dinar a ‘real’ cyber currency?

That is difficult to answer as there isn’t an agreed definition for a cyber currency. However, as with all cyber currencies there is a set limit to the number of coins available. In this case it was 22 million e-Dinars initially then last year after some changes to the currency, including an exchange to rename the currency as EDR, the value of people’s holdings dropped dramatically and the business now say the new limit is 22 billion e-Dinar  coins.

That’s an enormous increase and potentially devalues the e-Dinar dramatically.

If you want to get e-Dinars, you can buy them on the trading exchanges.

Can the Promised Growth Rate of 20% Be True?

They say that e-Dinar is the currency with a growth rate of 20% per month. Therefore, buying e-Dinar for the first two years of its existence, you will earn with the same rate, but you have to rely on that promise.

E-Dinar had delivered 0.65% per day for 3 months on the EDR but they recently changed everything  to EDC which shows very little trading volume.

The E-Dinar Compensation Plan

People are paid commission on the 20% monthly return. If you recruit people into e-Dinar then you get a share of their benefits and if they recruit further member then you also get a share (a little smaller) of their benefits and so on for up to 7 levels.  This is typical multi-level Marketing.

Is e-Dinar a Pyramid or Ponzi scheme?

E-Dinar’s only business activity seems to be the recruiting of people into e-Dinar.

The only source of revenue for the members is affiliate investment, made on the promise of a 20% monthly return

The promise of 20% ROI for two years may keep people in the currency for that period, but after two years – they may drop out. If a lot of people do that, then that’s when life becomes difficult. Will the scheme  pay out or stop?

If you know anything about this currency and how it works, let me know by email.

Warning: Face Replen Free Samples Can Cost You

It looks quite straightforward – the advert says you pay just $5 for cosmetic samples that are supposedly worth a great deal more.

So, people order the samples and pay the $5 by credit card.

Then comes the bombshell – 2 weeks later your credit card  is charged for $161.35 and $154.23

Unknowingly, you’ve signed up to buy their products every month.

These figures are for Face Replen Image Revive anti-aging products, but this technique is used by other companies as well.

Lucy was caught out by this and was understandably angry as she hadn’t agreed to any such charges. On contacting the company about this – their reply stated that as she hadn’t returned the samples unused she must pay the real cost.

Lucy’s situation is difficult as the company does warn in very tiny letters that you are charged after 14 days.

To make matters worse, the company continues to take money each month until you cancel and it is basically impossible to get that money back.

Be very careful on any supposedly “free” offers that you take up. Once companies have got your credit card details – some are not concerned whether you intended to sign up to keep paying them every month.

If you check the Internet for information of whether Face Replen is a scam, the result is interesting as Face Replen has clearly created a number of posts on various sites asking that question but then simply putting their advertising material in as the post. This is to make it more difficult for people to find true  information about Face Replen and how they operate.

It appears that the company base for face Replen is called Digby Investments located in Ireland. Whether that’s just a shell company or the real thing is unknown.

This kind of trick is called the subscription trap and Chancellor Phillip Hammond has plans to stop this scam.

Be careful what you sign up for and always read the very small print.

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Warning: Binary Trading is Not for Amateurs

There are thousands of professionals who trade on the stock market and currency markets  (including binary trades)  for a living and many do very well. There are also thousands if not millions of people around the world who do this from home to try to make a living or some extra money.

Binary Trading appears simple but it isn’t. You essentially bet on whether a currency or stock will go up or down in price – It’s risky and needs a lot of skill to make money. Only a small percentage of those who try  make money – the rest do not.

But scammers don’t care about that – they try to push Binary Trading as if it were so easy you can’t fail to make money and they often use enticements such as guaranteed no loss trades to get people hooked.

The Securities and Exchange Commission investigated one such company EzTrader and found that only 3% of people trying binary betting from Eztrader made a profit.

Clearly it is possible for some people to make profits but in the end all but a tiny minority make losses and have to give up.

In gambling – the House always wins. Unless you have the requisite expert knowledge, you’re just gambling.

Binary Trading Robots or Auto Trade Software

There are companies offering automated binary trading but many are just scams.

A Binary Options Robot is automated trading software. You give the software access to your trading account and it does the buying and selling automatically for you.

You can see why scammers love this idea as once they can access your account they can try to empty it.

The theory is that the software makes trades on your account. is an automated signal service provider and binary options robot. This website is a service for binary traders that places trades automatically into their accounts. But it’s hard to tell the scammers from the real thing.

Usually, only the company offering the service makes any money.

Binary trading is best left for the experts.

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