Free doesn’t mean worthless.

One thing that troubles me is the fact people take for granted things that are free.  In particular I’m discussing the support we offer.  We do this for free for a very good reason.  How can you ask for money from people when they’ve just lost everything they have to a scammer.  With the media, we have never taken a payment other than expenses or a meal as we discuss options with them.  After all, the purpose of media appearances is to get the word out that there is a place that people can come to for free help.  A number of times lately we’ve had that thrown back in our faces.  People demanding more and more from us and yet not even willing to give us the details of their scammer.  Let’s not forget that they found us because someone DID share the details.  There has to be give and take.  Also with the media, we can spend hours with them and not even get a mention of the site they had the information from.  Hardly seems acceptable, does it?  Well enough is enough.  What we have is the culmination of years of working with scammers.  Yes, we offer that for free to help people, but if respect isn’t given back then we’ll have to offer less and less.  I’ve already had to stop people calling me as they were quite happy to wake me up at 3am with no regard for me.  Free is free, not worthless.  Let’s not forget that.

Where are the scammers REALLY from?

Here’s a question.  How many of the scammers that have been listed as being in the USA are actually in other countries, but using email accounts that show then in the USA?  For example, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo mail will show the person as being in the USA if you check the IP address.  However, the address is a red herring, as that only leads to the location of the email server and not their actual location.  I read many reports that claim a large percentage of scam emails come from the USA, but are those really accurate?

Who wouldn’t love 10.5 million dollars, right?

This is one of those weird things we see when it comes to scam emails.  A large percentage of them offer the same amount, namely 10.5 million dollars.  Why that figure?  I have no idea.  It’s not as if the money actually exists, so they could throw out any amount.  Yet for some strange reason, that number keeps on popping up.

Well, so much for that. What a wasted opportunity.

The Kyle Files has finally been shown.  Despite promises that our site would be named, it didn’t get mentioned once.  Neither did the fact we work as volunteers to help people who have been scammed.  The whole point of agreeing to be on the show was to get out the fact there’s a place people can find help if they’re being scammed.  Now I have to ask myself if it’s worth bothering with the media stuff anymore when this is what happens.

Just a small media update today.

I had a call at around 9am today asking if I’d be willing to speak as part of a phone in on scams for Radio Wales.  The whole thing was short and sweet, but it did get the site’s name out there.  Tomorrow will be the interesting one.  How much of the interview I did for the Kyle Files will feature on the show?  Right now, your guess is as good as mine.

No, no, no and no!

We had a request today from a company with an offer to put ads on our site.  The issue is that the ads would be for adult sites.  We keep our site as work safe as we possibly can.  Photos are cropped to remove any nudity, bad words are filtered and we do not in any way tolerate any form of abuse.   So the answer is a resounding no.  We will not be placing these ads on our site, no matter what the monetary gains would have been.  Yes, we mention a lot of adult model names, but only because their photos are abused by the scammers.