The King is Dead, Long Live the King!
I’m not taking this up as actually, I want $944 per day!
The original Google Treasure Chest was wound up some time ago, and it’s owners are now on multiple charges filed by the US’s FTC. Fortunately, I took the “opportunity” to sign up for “money-making schemes”, whose snake-like charms have now provided me with a wealth of spam.
Marx said, “give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves”. In this case, this sort of pyramid/MLM/affiliate scheme has two methods of transmission. Without transmission, it’s not a business.
- They spam to get their message across.
- They use adwords to get their message across
Both methods lure people into their fold with promises of untold riches, health, slimness etc. The real money that is made, of course, is not in the product, it’s in selling the same thing onto someone else – ergo, a pyramid scheme.
Of course, by spamming, they expose their methods. Information, in this case, is going both ways, and this is how they hang themselves. It’s a huge slug’s trail for anyone that cares to follow it! And for Government agencies, should they care to follow the trail, under the new rules for ISPs etc, all data transmissions must be kept for a long time….
Here’s today’s spam:
Title: Be your own boss. Work from home with Google!
From: Quick Google Cash [[email protected]]
Be your own boss. Work from home with Google!
Start Getting Checks in Days.
If you prefer to not receive email from us in the future, please visit here
3549 North University Provo, Utah 84604
If you do not wish to receive future promotional emails, visit here http://INbcciigdjmgcUU.graperepel.com/another.asp?a=r&m=88659324&s=2920&e=12288639 to change your subscription settings
5776-D Lindero Canyon Rd #179, Westlake Village, CA 91362
As CoastalDominionMedia, the owner, say in their blurb,
CoastalDominionMedia is a leading provider of direct marketing and database management solutions which enable marketers to maximize the value of their permission-based lists. Companies have the ability to increase revenues from their newsletter subscribers, customer data and prospect databases.
CoastalDominionMedia only sends email to individuals who have agreed on the Websites to receive email from CoastalDominionMedia or to individuals who have agreed on Third Party websites to receive email from Third Parties. As such, CoastalDominionMedia does not send unsolicited email messages.
The thing is, that I’ve unsubscribed from several “third party websites” as I’ve explained in previous postings. However, I never contacted CoastalDominionMedia and yet mysteriously they now have my email address, many weeks after my cancellations…
So. GrapeRepel.com, also a CoastalDominionMedia domain, (where do they dream up the names?) redirects to…
An old friend, like a bent penny, it just keeps coming round and round. Check out my original Google Treasure Chest posting. At that time, the registrar was hidden. Now a Whois puts them right at the heart of the action, Orem, Utah! Obviously, since the Feds have been knocking, they feel the need for anonymity is somewhat superfluous!
- This is a strategically redesigned page, similar to the previous offering in style, but without the 100% guarantee rubbish and other things.
- The Google Logo is stripped out, although wording has been added to show “Google” prominently.
- The countdown timer has gone
- There is no contact page although details are in one of the above…
What is really striking, bearing in mind the hammering that Eborn et al have had from the FTC, is the threatening care with which the Terms & Conditions are now written.
They are trying sooo hard to ensure that anyone disagreeing with them obviously MUST have agreed to anything they do IN THESE TERMS. Here’s some samples below. By the time you reach here, the company has morphed into “Quad Group”. But watch that…(you’ll see what I mean) See what you think:
1.1 You unconditionally and expressly agree and accept the Conditions set forth herein as a binding contract…
(the word expressly appears a lot. They’ve obviously had the Thesaurus out on this one!)
3.3 You explicitly agree to the following statement: “I UNDERSTAND THAT I MAY BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT OF FUTURE GOODS AND SERVICES UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT IF I FAIL TO NOTIFY THE SUPPLIER NOT TO SUPPLY THE GOODS OR SERVICES DESCRIBED.”
(it’s explicitly this time…)
4.1 You agree that any disputed fee will not be charged back to Your credit card issuer. You expressly agree to submit in writing any objection regarding fees to 230 West 400 South, Suite 100 S.L.C. UT. 84101 or call Customer Care at 1-866-511-2427
This means that they are shit scared of the chargebacks! This is obviously their Achilles Heel, as Chris Malta makes plain in his video. Notice the expressly again? !!
4.2 Go Web Biz, in its sole discretion, shall determine the validity of Your objection and notify You of its decision. Should You disagree with Go Web Biz’s decision, You agree to mediate the dispute before litigation.
Oh hang on. It’s Go Web Biz now, is it? And they are judge and jury for any disagreement…. Hmm. What happened to United States law? Oh yes. It’s Utah. They don’t count that…
4.3 You agree to indemnify Quad Group for any financial harm or any losses caused by Your objections to fees that does not comply with this Agreement. You will be held responsible for the reimbursement of any fees and losses incurred as a result of Your failure to comply with any provision in this Agreement.
Er… Now it’s Quad Group. So it starts as Startup Biz Kit, and when the nitty-gritty comes round we have Quad Group – or is it Go Web Biz? And I’m supposed to pay them for any damages if I object to their crap “rules”….???
Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.
I don’t think so. I doubt you do either. The whole T&C is exactly like this. What they are trying to get you to agree to, is to throw away all your rights under common law, tort law, consumer law – you name it.
In essence, you become their cash slave.