Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Hope you got our earlier letter !!!"

Date: January 22, 2010 5:08:15 PM PST

Barristers' Chambers:
Andreaw Fraser & Associate
Tel: + 44 203 549 4105
Fax: + 44 203 004 2365
Address: 33 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4JH, England

Wow! Why all the different e-mail addresses in different countries? You must be quite a traveler, eh? I guess being a barrister has its perks?

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Juriaan Kugger. I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter were returned undelivered.

This is good news! No, not the part about the Late Freddy Krugger, or whatever his name is... Thanks for letting me know I am not receiving all your other letter. My mom has been writing to me and all her letter were returned, too. Personally, I think it has to do with her use of plurals. But never mind that.

I wish to notify you that late Engr. Juriaan Kugger made you a beneficiary to his WILL.

Okay, I don't mean to offend you or anything, but I am suspicious (a little) about all this, because you keep referring to Jurrian as a 'Late Engineer.' Every engineer I ever met was totally early to everything. I mean these guys are punctuality freaks. Once an engineer friend showed up a day early for a party at our house. Sure, they look at their shoes when they talk to you, but they are never late.

He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$30,100.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL.

Holy crap, that's a lot of money. I feel bad. I didn't get you anything.

This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but no doubt it is a life reality and true.

Your cunning use of the term 'life reality' clinches it for me. I know you are legit.

Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you well and good.

Oh no... you don't understand. Krugger and I were like this. We sat behind each other in Great Issues in Jr. high, studied Chemistry together (I invented Cialis), were drinking buddies until the age of 9, and shared the driving across the USA on a unicycle. I am the right person.

Engr.Juriaan Kugger until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. Please if I reach you as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. You are advice to contact me with my personal Email:
Await your prompt response.

Well, here I am. Send me the money. I suppose all I have to do is divulge everything personal about myself? By the way I have $25,000 hidden between my matresses, and I am never home between 8am and 5pm every day.

Yours in Service,

PRINCIPAL PARTNERS: Barrister Aidan Walsh.Esq Markus
Wolfgang, Mr. John Marvey Esq., Mr. Jerry Smith Esq.

Be sure to say hi to Marvey for me.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PCS Notice: There is a Gift Waiting For You

In this author's opinion this is not a scam, but it is an unethical practice. You are trading your rights for a fruit basket. There is a law that is known as the "3-day cooling down period" law. You know, the 3-days rule to get out of a contract.

Under California law, a consumer can cancel a contract within three days if they change their mind, but... this law — this right — applies only to people who are 'induced to sign a contract by a salesperson canvassing a neighborhood,' and does not apply if the consumer made an appointment or invited the salesperson to make a sales pitch, or if you have signed the contract at their place of business. The law is quite limited. So, for the promise of a fruit basket of unknown value (or suitability for human consumption), the unsuspecting consumer makes an appointment to be pitched by an experienced salesperson, thereby giving up their Cooling-Off Period rights.

This is not illegal. It is done in various forms all the time. But I, personally, do not like this practice at all.

In my case, this notice arrived on my own front porch Feb. 10, 2010 in Encinitas, in the San Diego area. My notice was pink, but others have been reported with green paper. At its heart, it is actually an advertising ploy involving deception, which is why I list it on my scams blog — though I have no reason to believe, at this point, that it is a traditional scam designed to rip you off. It is deception, nevertheless. The deception comes in the form of the pictured pink (or blue) notice dropped on your doorstep.

In my case, I work at home, and I always hear a knock or the doorbell since my desk is in very close proximity to the front door. So, I always know when someone claims to have made an attempt when I have been home.

Second deception, the notice is designed to look like a real package attempted-delivery notice, and third, they use a pre-printed, 2-color printout using a "handwriting font" which is meant to deceive you into believing it was handwritten by the person who attempted the delivery. In reality, no one came to your door with a fruit basket. Only the notice.

And they did the same thing to every neighbor on your block.

How the scam works:
The reference number is a database code. When you call the number on the form, the operator (phone-pool monkey) answers and asks you for the reference number, which he/she enters into their computer, which brings up information from the particular advertiser that is paying them to get them new customers.

The phone monkey tells you you are to receive a free [in my case] 'fruit basket' from a [fill in the blank service] to introduce their services to people in your neighborhood.

This scam is meant to circumvent laws related to the No-Call List. They get you to call them, instead. This also, as noted, circumvents the 3-day cooling off laws, since, technically, upon making an appointment you have invited them to come to your home to make the sales pitch.

While I sympathize with companies who have a harder time getting new customers due to No-Call List Laws, and I sympathize with people who need a job so badly that they will take a job deceiving people all day on the phone, I think they should choose work that has more integrity. I personally do not use the services of any company that employs deception to gain my trust.

Here is the text of the notice for Google Searching purposes:
There is a Gift Waiting For You
We will call again
Your delivery was left at
You may call between
9 am - 7 pm
Monday thru Friday
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
We attempted delivery
of 1 Package(s)
PCS Reference # 01040 or 44539 or A1 / Al
This as our:
First Attempt
_ Second Attempt
_ Final Attempt
Delivery Confirmation:
PCS Distribution Center
San Diego, CA

These are being spotted in the San Diego area, Scripps Ranch, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Miramar, Tierrasanta, Jamacha, Spring Valley, Rolando Village, Leucadia, La Mesa, Rolando, Mt. Helix, Imperial Beach, Point Loma, Pt. Loma and lower Orange County. If you received such a notice in an area not included, please post your city in the comments so I can add it here. One commenter has added the phone number 805-680-1537 -- Thanks for all the help --David

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