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Marketing Lessons From a Scammer

The radio station has been receiving emails about a cure for Tinnitus for months.

Lots and lots of these emails and interestingly they are not just copies from the same email address but show Marketing skills.

So, one day there were four such messages – all clearly from the same scammer.

But named as being from Krystal, Amanda Alexander, Jan Morris and Cliff Robertson.

Scammers don’t bother doing things one at a time so she will have software that generates random names, probably pairing up randomly from a list of first names and surnames.

Next day another four emails and this time from Emilia, Stanley Mayes, Gilbert and Nancy Clarke.

Third day from Sean Lewis, Orville Beck, Donald Hughes , Sylvia and Brooke.

And so on each day.

The email addresses these are actually from follows a pattern as a syllable then a hyphen then a syllable then .date as the suffix. E.g. curst-fay.date,  alice-sib.date. This changes each day to make it harder for people to block the sender.

How about the actual contents of the messages?

These are well written i.e. no grammatical or spelling mistakes and neatly laid out on the page using colour, bold, underline and different fonts to present an attractive easily read message.

There are two basic messages

  1. MAKE THE RINGING IN YOUR EARS STOP

Doctors usually said it was impossible, however once her ears were silenced and the ringing was gone they were stunned.

All she did was drink this and it went away fast.

  1. For decades doctors believed tinnitus was an ear problem.

They were wrong.

Studies performed at leading universities around the world revealed that tinnitus is actually a brain problem that destroys the auditory cortex.

For all the effort this scammer puts into his messages, it’s a pity she cannot find a better way to earn a living than sending out dumb messages about tinnitus.

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Sara Confronts a Local Business Scammer

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Sara ordered nearly a thousand pounds worth of window shutters  and six months later she says

“To date I have not received my shutters and I’m still trying to get my money back”

The business wouldn’t return her calls or respond to her emails.

She says “the only time I get through to him is calling him from telephone numbers which he doesn’t recognise. Since I placed my order he has changed his website and is trading under a new company name. He is still taking orders – and presumably money! – from customers. “

The Fightback Ninja heard what had happened and contacted Sara with an offer to publicise the story on his blog Fightback Ninja Blog and on his radio spot on Brooklands Radio.

Sara didn’t reply straightaway but instead forwarded the Ninja’s message to the company.

And suddenly they wanted to talk with her.

That’s the power of Radio. 

Cheats want to stay hidden from the glare of publicity.

Sara says “I finally got a reply from Mr X after I forwarded Fightback Ninja’s offer to do a case study on radio and the www. After learning of his circumstances, I didn’t want to add to his problems.The good news is the credit card company have upheld my claim so I’m not out of pocket which makes me more inclined to draw a line under the matter”.

Well done Sara (with a little help from the Fightback Ninja)

If you are scammed, don’t just accept it. Do whatever you can to get the money back and stop the scammer if possible. Also you should report the scam to Action Fraud.

The Car Park Kitchenware Scammer

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Jay says  – My elderly neighbour was scammed in the car park at Painshill park.

He was approached by a Swiss sounding man selling upmarket kitchen sets. He said he was on his way to Europe and had to sell after a trade fair. The plates on his car were Swiss.

My neighbour is an ex lawyer – that shows how convincing these guys can be. He was so convinced he spent £1,270 – only to find out they were fake.

I think the brand is called Swiss Jura .

There’s a warning up on streetlife.com about this man as apparently he has been operating in this area of Surrey for a while.

The Police do know about this man

Surrey Police are warning people to not fall into the same trap, after two women were duped out of hundreds of pounds.

The man reportedly told the two women different stories about who he was and why he had the knives.

The first sale took place in a golf club car park in Weybridge.

He told the woman he was from Switzerland and his father ran a Swiss Cuisine company. He persuaded the woman to buy two sets of what she thought was St Moritz knives for €450.

As usual, if it looks too good to be true – it probably is.