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Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace - The Verge
"After hoverboards started exploding in 2016 and Amazon became more vigilant about safety claims, sellers started buying each other’s products, setting them on fire, and posting photos in the reviews."
internet  shopping  lies  scams 
4 weeks ago by kevan
Criminal penalties for attempting illegal bottle returns proposed in Michigan House | Politics | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
"Buy a soda or beer, and you pay an extra dime because of Michigan’s bottle law. But bring back a bottle or can that wasn’t purchased in Michigan and, most of the time, you still get a dime back for that container. As a result, Michigan is losing about $8 million a year in deposits paid out for cans and bottles purchased outside the state."
drinks  money  scams 
february 2013 by kevan
Nagoya University and Fujitsu Develop World's First Technology to Detect Overtrust Situations Based on Voice Pitch and Level : Fujitsu Global
"By combining this technology for detecting situations of overtrust from voices over the phone with the detection of characteristic keywords, Nagoya University and Fujitsu have also developed basic technology for detecting remittance-soliciting phone phishing scams."
phones  surveillance  scams  sound  language 
march 2012 by kevan
More Mixed Language Scams Making the Rounds on Facebook - Softpedia
"The first window has the purpose of training the user to click on 'Jaa' which means 'share' in Finnish, but also 'yes' in informal English. The second window is a real Facebook share dialog intentionally displayed in Finnish to confuse users about its true purpose."
language  scams  illusions 
december 2011 by kevan
The New York Times Explains How it Got Hacked: It Sold an Ad to a Hacker | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD
"The culprit masqueraded as a national advertiser and provided seemingly legitimate product advertising for a week. Over the weekend, the ad being served up was switched so that an intrusive message, claiming to be a virus warning from the reader’s computer, appeared."
advertising  viruses  scams 
september 2009 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Buzzers fail to halt mosquitoes, warns Which?
"There is no conclusive evidence to prove that the female mosquito can even hear." [...] "In all 18 products were tested six times, with an expert locked in a sealed room with 30 mosquitoes."
insects  sound  advertising  lies  technology  scams 
september 2005 by kevan
Times Online: Who would spend £24 on a bottle of air? Not the Welsh
"There could scarcely be anything more un-Welsh than being prepared to spend £24 on a bottle of air. This is, after all, the country [that] invented the Cardiff cappuccino - a cup of instant coffee with squirty cream and hundreds and thousands on top."
air  scams  business  drinks  wales 
september 2005 by kevan
How to Write and Publish your own eBook... in as little as 7 Days
Some sort of amusingly preposterous publishing scam. Discover how to "avoid the #1 mistake authors make that causes them to take months or years to write a book... so you can finish in just a few days."
scams  books  writing  via:leonard 
may 2005 by kevan
Vodafone VSPAM
Forward your Vodafone text-message spam to 87726, free of charge, and they'll go running to ICSTIS with it. (Does this still work? My Valentine's scam-spam is still pending, to them.)
phones  scams  spam  crime 
february 2005 by kevan
IOL: Businessman jailed for making up DNA results
"A British businessman was jailed on Friday for making up the results of more than 100 paternity tests after his lucrative DNA analysis business became swamped with work."
cheating  genetics  prison  scams 
september 2004 by kevan
KEO: Your message
Alien spammers: an apparent email-gathering exercise masquerading as "submit 6,000 words to be launched into space".
scams  space  spam 
september 2004 by kevan
Galaxy Wave Group - ADAM Technolgy Health Program
"The scientists and technicians of the Galaxy Wave Group developed a methodology wherein a computerized science can resolve your pain while you remain in the comfort of your home. All it takes is a few short telephone calls."
lunacy  medicine  phones  scams  technology 
may 2004 by kevan
BlogNomic - Dynasty 15 ends
Impressive scam - an "end the dynasty" riot proposal disguised as an innocent rule-change.
games  nomic  scams 
april 2004 by kevan

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