Category: Website Review


SpamArrest is an online service that claims to protect your mailbox from 100% of spam messages.

Their motto is “Take Control of Your Inbox!”

Key Features

  • Patented challenge/response technology blocks 100% of automated spam.
  • Get a new email address ([email protected]), as well as protect your existing mailboxes.
  • Access your email using POP3/IMAP-compatible program such as Outlook or Eudora, or from anywhere using the webmail system.

More Features:

  • SMTP is a standard protocol used for sending email and when you send email through the Spam Arrest SMTP server or webmail, the person you are sending email to is automatically added to your whitelist.
  • Protect and consolidate up to 5 of your existing email accounts into one spam-free mailbox.
  • 1GB mail storage
  • Whitelist options – You can authorize incoming messages based on sender email, sender domain, recipient email, mailing list email, and more.
  • Disposable email addresses available
  • Anti-virus protection
  • Anti-phishing protection
  • Customizable challenge email Add a custom message to the challenge email that is sent to unknown senders.
  • Mailbox forwarding Forward your Spam Arrest inbox to another email account or wireless device.
  • Confirmed email delivery Find out when people read the email that you sent to them.
  • Mail delivery rules Automatically perform various actions (discard, forward, copy/move to folder) upon the arrivals of new email, based on specified criteria.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Mis-Sold Car Finance

Have you been Mis Sold Car Finance?  It is estimated that over 10 Million people in the UK have been Mis Sold Car Finance!

That’s the sales pitch for the website and service called “Mis sold Car Finance”.

They say the main areas classed as mis-selling are:-

  • Customers not made aware of amount of commissions paid to dealer from finance company as a result of the sale of the vehicle.
  • Putting customers under pressure to accept the deal
  • Lack of Information on commissions and charges and who actually owns the car etc.
  • Not offered a comprehensive range of other financial products which may have worked out cheaper.
  • Low mileage used to estimate annual charges when the seller knows the customer will have to pay more
  • Mileage charges not relative to the impact on market value or residual value.
  • Customer is not in a position to make payments throughout the term of agreement.

They say they offer advice freely and do not charge at any time for their services.

They claim to have helped thousands of people to get some or all of their money back.

This does seem like a very useful service for people caught out in car mis selling.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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How Spammy Are Your Emails

Do your mail messages end up in the recipient’s spam folder or marked as spam by their email provider?

There could be various reasons for this e.g. you are a spammer or have a badly setup email provider.

But there is a web site you can send a message to and it will analyse the email routing etc. to see if there is anything that makes it look like spam.

The software engineers behind mail-tester say:

“We needed a cheap, simple and efficient way to quickly test the quality of our own newsletters.

We simply built on our own tool. Now we’re sharing it for free via our web-interface and enable you to include our tests in your own app and whitelist our service by creating an account”.

How does mail-tester work?

  1. Mail-tester generate a random email address each time you access their service.
  2. You send a message from your favourite Newsletter/email software to this email address.
  3. You click on the Check Your Score button and as soon as we receive your message, our snail graphic will stop to give you your spam score.
  4. Mail-tester will analyse your message, your mail server, your sending IP… and show you a detailed report of what’s configured properly and what’s not.
  5. Your result will be accessible for 7 days with our free version or 30 days if you created an account and used your own prefix.
  6. If you send a new message to the same testing address, your previous test will be immediately deleted to be replaced by the new one.

So, if your emails are disappearing into spam folders, then mail-tester may be able to help.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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Scamvoid Website Checker

“Use this service to check the online reputation of a website.

Scamvoid at is a free online security service born in September 2012 that lets users see if a website is known to be a scam site or is safe. So, it’s a simple way to check if a web site is safe before accessing it.

Sadly, there are ever more scam websites ready to steal your personal information, download malware to your device or con you into paying for something you will never get.

Scamvoid is a useful resource to help warn you about dodgy websites.

Scamvoid accesses various online services to check if they have registered the site as containing malware or otherwise to be dangerous. These services include:

  • Google safe browsing
  • Spamhaus
  • Threatlog and
  • Spam404

The site also offers other services to do with domain name checking, IP addresses, DNS records etc.

A good resource, but you still need to maintain your guard even if services such as Scamvoid say a website is not dangerous.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

How to Identify a Scam

If you come across a scam – a strange text message from someone you knew years ago or an email about a fortune waiting for you or an official letter you’re not sure about or you wonder if that holiday offer too good to be true – how do you identify whether it’s a scam or not.

If it is a scam, then how does that work and what you should you do if you’ve been scammed or someone tried to con you?

The website at has the answer for you.

It offers a list of descriptions of scams and you select the one that is the closest match to the one you’ve come across.

It then tells you about how the scam operates and what you should do and can offer further help if needed or a list of recommended experts and more.

Give it a try

If you have any experiences with scammers do let me know, by email.

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Spamnesty Sharon

Spamnesty at is a website for creating automated responses to scam and spam messages.

Below is a summary of one such thread of messages generated by spamnesty and the scammer’s replies.

The original scam message is a typical 419 scam – the sender offers the contents of a bank account belonging to someone known to the recipient and there is an odd story about why the recipient is the only who can get the money before the bank shuts down the account. That message is in German.

Spamnesty replies with a computer generated random response

I talked to my colleagues about this but they seemed to have some apprehensions; namely, they’re worried that the offer isn’t fleshed out enough. Would you be able to go into more detail about exactly how this would be structured?’

As that reply is in English, the scammer switches to English as well.


what is your age?

Where do U now?

I need to consummate talks

I am alone chief 31 y.o. Lady born in Russia’

A strange response by the scammer who seems to have moved onto a romance scam instead of the 419 scam.

Scamnesty replies

We need more details from you. My colleagues are worried that the offer isn’t fleshed out enough. Could you explain more about exactly how this would be structured?’

Next the scammer switches back to pages of details about the supposed fortune left in a bank account and offers to split the fortune 50:50.

Scamnesty sends a reply

‘Hi, Great, thanks. Could we have a short call to discuss the specifics? What are your contact details? Also, what is your pricing model like?’

The scammer seems to be confused again and sends another strange romance message with excerpts in French this time

‘Bonzur My:-) Let’s smooth small talk!
could we speak?
Where do You stay now?’

Another reply from Scamnesty and the scammer changes to German, then Russian and then Ukrainian and changes tack to offering website design services.

All very confusing, but it was Scamnesty that wasted the scammers time and the scammer got nothing from the exchanges.

Well done Spamnesty

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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