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Updates on the Jamaican Lottery Scam
April 30, 2017
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If you don’t know about the Jamaican Lottery Scam, these are the basics.

Part One

A phone call is received by someone in the United States.   The caller says, (basically)  “Is this Mrs. [Name]?”

“Yes…”

“Of [Address]”

“Yes…?”

“Congratulations!   You’ve won the Jamaican Lottery!”

The conversation then proceeds one of a number of patterns, but they all lead to the fact that Mrs [Name] has won the Lottery of $Xyz and needs to pay something like Five Thousand Dollars tax on the winnings and they will be sent to her.

She is told to send the money to [Name] at Western Union in [Name of Jamaican City, originally Montego Bay but now other cities].

Mrs. [Name] sends the money.

End of Part One of the Scam.

Part Two

Depending on how stupid the person in America is there can be follow ups, and more money sent.   There can be calls from ‘Police’ talking about a ‘sting’ and more money is sent.   The variations on the theme are myriad.

However, the victim will be sending money to get nothing; for there is no Lottery.

The only kind of Lottery is a ‘Lotto’ where you have to buy a ticket, and pay for it, and pick numbers, and if your numbers win, you will get dribs and drabs of your winnings.   But you Buy a Ticket.

And no one Ever Calls you to tell you that you won.   If you don’t check the numbers you won’t know if you won because there is no Name given when you buy the ticket.  So I can find a ticket in the street and cash it, (if it wins) no matter who bought it.

Now what made this scam seem so ‘legitimate’ is that the caller knew the person’s name and address.

How?

Background

There is a call centre in Montego Bay.  It does Billing for Reader’s Digest.   This is a nice little magazine which has readers in the over seventy age group.   It is very right wing, very anti- everything modern people are for, and is not very popular among those under forty.

The billing for Reader’s Digest is done in Jamaica.

Beginning in the late 1990s the scam ran like this;

A page of customers is sold for $X to the Scammer.   The Scammer hires five women and gives each five numbers to call on a disposable cell phone.  The calls are made, and the money is to arrive at Western Union.   There was a connection in Western Union who dealt with the person who picked up the cash.  This was either the Scammer himself or his deputy.

Millions of dollars was obtained through this Scam.

When it first began, the attitude of the Jamaican Government was; ‘So?’

It was felt that ‘a fool and his/her money is soon parted’ and how anyone can call someone in America from Jamaica and say they won a lottery that the American never entered is simply stupid.  And there is no law against stupid.

Vybz Kartel did a song called ‘Reparations’ claiming the money received from the persons scammed should be seen as reparation for slavery.

The United States Government was very annoyed and decided that since Jamaica was doing nothing about the Scam they would do something about Jamaica.

Visas were canceled for major people.  Not some little nobody but big business men and people associated with the Government.

A lot of benefits were withheld, and the pressure was so great that in 2013 a law was passed which enabled easier arrest of persons suspected of Lottery Scamming.

The Americans kept up the pressure and in 2017 a number of persons were arrested and extradited to the United States.   A member of the American Embassy was pretty clear about going after the Scammers and Attorneys!

If the Attorney defending the person, and no more… that is one thing… but!  If the Attorney has anything more to do with it?

This has caused some major dislocation.  However, so far no arrests of Attorneys has been made.

The Lottery Scam has caused an upsurge in violence in that various gangs, associated with one Scammer or another war over turf.

One would think that by 2014 everyone would have been aware of the Scam and known how to react.  However, the aged, some suffering from dementia, some living isolated lives, seem unaware of it.

It has become such a major scam that it has caused Jamaica to be ranked with Nigeria in Frauds.

 

 

Please Do Not Fall For Electronic Scams Online!
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If a product online especially from a third party seller looks and sounds too good to be true (price wise) – do not fall for it. It is a scam and in the end you will be wasting your time. I do not understand how people trust so easily.

Yesterday – I had a person reach out wanting to buy a phone I had for sale. I listed the phone for $335 and they asked if I would take $250 which I rejected and told them I will meet them in the middle at $275. However, immediately after responding, I checked their profile and their reviews seems so fishy – I told them never mind because their account is fishy and I do not want to be scammed. The reviews they received were from a seller that has all fake electronics like headphones, earbuds….

If you see a brand new pair of Beats by Dre that usually retail for $300 for just $150 and the seller is not selling just one pair but over one hundred pairs. Please stop and think to yourself on “why” does this seller have so many pairs? Can all these pairs be legitimate? Well chances are it is fake and some may not know, but who in the world owns and has over one hundred pairs? Plus stop and read the reviews, many reported they are fake so why do people support such product? Wait until the product goes on sale and get the real thing. Spending $150 on a fake pair of headphones is not reasonable. My fiancé and I have the same brand headphones and though they are expensive, we sure did not spend retail but we know we got them legitimate because we bought them in the stores.  I do not get people wanting to support fake, knock off brands.

When The Scam Overrides the Purpose
April 21, 2017
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There is an episode in Rosewood in which the woman he has been seeing cleans out his bank accounts and runs. This nearly destroys him.

He’s got all the best features.  Not only good looking on the outside, but good on the inside, with a supportive family, a great job, friends, everything.

But the woman who is a scammer of long standing, scams him just as she would an ugly mean horrible guy who treats her like dirt.

This is because the scam had taken over the person to the extent that it is all that exists.

Even when the scam doesn’t need to be run, when what one would get by dropping is greater than keeping it, the scammer keeps going, because that is what they are.

Often, when a scammer is caught, what they lose is far more than what they would have gained by being straight.  Often, there’s a point they could stop, reorganise, and go on without much loss.    But once they start the scam, that is who they are, all that they are.   There is nothing else.

And when the scam is gone, so is their identity.

Tiger Woods, for example, liked to fool people into thinking he was a decent conservative guy.  Fooling the public was the kick he got and playing golf fueled his scam style.   The day his scam was exposed and we learned he was just a typical ‘ho daddy’, his golf game died.

The two things should be unconnected.  But they aren’t.   The person who plays the scam becomes the scam and can only continue.  The day the scam is exposed, no matter who or what else they were or could have been, is swallowed by the scam.

I’ve seen people who have cheated and if they hadn’t, would have gotten what they wanted.   People who lied, and not aware that the lie was exposed, put themselves into great embarrassment.

People who run scams are not the average person ‘trying a thing’.   People who run scams have a twisted mind set and see the world much as psychopaths do.   They don’t see anything beyond the scam so miss a lot of what could legitimize them.

A scammer doesn’t just get the money, a scammer gets the kick of tricking people.  That’s the real get.  The money isn’t important, proving they are ‘smarter’ than their victim is the get.

A guy like Tiger Woods was not inspired by being the ‘best’ golfer, he was inspired knowing that the world looked at him in a particular way, a way he wasn’t.

It was not that he cheated on his wife, it was that he loved to play the guy with his gang of gals, gals who were available to anyone at not a very high price.   What tickled Tiger Woods was not that he was sneaking into some dirty corner to roll on soiled sheets with women who had done it thousands of times before, but that the world looked up to him as some icon of decency.

Once that scam blew, so did everything else.

That is the fact of scammers.   They can never stop.

Talking About Those Scam Emails
March 27, 2017
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Although it has been mentioned on this site, these scam emails are on other sites as well.

Just the other day I received one from “Rose Smith.”

You probably got one here as well, although she is/was very busy on another site. As she/ he/ it is born stupid, didn’t bother to check to whom she/ he/ it was writing to and where that person is.   This sets off the fact that this  is a scam  highlighted, set off in quotes, boldfaced and in italics…. (this is to over play how obvious the fact she/he/it is running a scam).

Let me be a bit bold.

If I lived in America or England maybe… maybe… the scam might have some value.  Maybe somehow I’d be so stupid as to fall for it… that is if I were in the habit of responding to people I don’t know.

One of the things you learn in Cyberspace (if you didn’t learn it at home)  is that you don’t talk to strangers.  You don’t know who they are, what they want.

Being on a writing site where you read this member’s work, this member reads your work, you comment on their work, they comment on yours. Maybe you send private messages.  Nothing screams ‘Scam’ as loud as a person you never saw before, who never posted or made a comment on a writing site, wanting to talk to you.

Why?

Further, as the email is one of those forms, which is sent to everyone without any deviation, the fool told me that she/he/it had ‘read my profile’.

What profile?

I do not share much information about myself.  Why?  I know the dangers.

There was a situation on a site some years ago, in which a woman had mentioned she attended a particular school.   Someone came on pretending to have attended that school.  I say ‘pretending’ because over time, the fact it was a scam was fully exposed.

If you don’t admit what city you come from, or one can’t be sure of your age or sex it is pretty hard to scam you by saying; “Didn’t you attend Alpha Academy?”

 

So Many Scams! Be Careful
March 22, 2017
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I just read an item about a scam that was right here on Literacybase.   Seems a ‘user’ sent an email to a member saying it was urgent.

I have been in Cyberspace before Jamaica got Commercial Internet Connection in 1995.  America and 1st World nations were connected in 1990.   For those five years (1990-1995) we were on BBS, Bulletin Board Servers, one of which had a kind of connection to the Web.

There were scammers on BBS, and we learned how to find them, and arrive at their door.    We learned about passwords.   For example, Banker used to use Bank as his password.  This wasn’t a problem until someone hacked his account.

We learned to use ‘characters’ instead of letters.   So Banker changed his password to B&nk or used something unconnected; like [email protected]

We knew how to capture passwords, ‘social engineering‘ so that when the Internet became commercially available and we were all allowed one free hour a day, we got the password of the guy in charge of the provider, and used that to give us extra time.

We were alert to malware, and many of us used Linux instead of Windows so that we were unhackable.

We knew we didn’t ‘Win’ any contest we hadn’t entered, we knew no one left us money, we weren’t going to help loot the Nigerian treasury,  and because we used non-determinate nick names, no one knew if we were a man or a woman.   And certainly not that we were in Jamaica.

In short, we early hackers knew how to hack, and would warn various agencies.

One day a fourteen year old called us.   He’d gone into a bank and created an account, “Mickey Mouse”.   He took 1c from every single account for Mickey Mouse, then after we all saw it, sent back the 1c to every account, and deleted Mickey Mouse.

The next day I passed by the bank as I sort of knew one of the ‘I.T.’ guys there.

Let me stick a pin.   The majority of I.T. (Internet Technicians)  knew nothing in those days.  They are better adapt at the Windows ‘Help’ key then most people.

So I asked him about the system and he smugly told me that everything was fine.  No problems.

Suffice it to say that Bank no longer exists.

One of the things we know, and pass on, is to Never use your Real name or address.   Never to believe anything you get in an email.   If you receive one from a ‘friend’ (someone you can have coffee with) which doesn’t sound right, you don’t respond by email.   If you can’t phone them, wait.   If it is real they will get in touch with you again and you can test if they are real, as many people will hack an email account,  read the names of contacts and write them.   If you never put anything too personal or descriptive… in other ways;

My friends know the kind of motorcycle I ride because they know me, they’ve seen me.   If Scammer learns I have a motorcycle and writes something, (even using my friend’s account) because it doesn’t sound right, I’ll lie about the brand.   Scammer won’t know, so will continue. My friends will, hence I know the account was hacked and can ring up my friend.

If you get some kind of email which seems ‘important’ from some government, don’t open it.   Sure, if you wrote to the government and this is in response, fine.  If you didn’t, then this is likely to be a scam.  You don’t open the mail, and see what happens.   In 99.99999% of the cases, nothing.  The letter was a scam.

If you’ve been on a site and communicating with someone, you send them a PM, (private message) why ask them to email you?  Why email them?   This is a scam.

If someone leaves a comment at the end of your item which begs you to contact them, alert the Mods.  This is a scam.

Assume everything is a scam until proven wrong.

 

Scams and how I avoid them
March 16, 2017
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The internet is a great place to perform services from retrieving and sending information to making payments from home and while many companies and websites offer these services legitimately there are individuals and/or groups that offer these services with no intention of providing them.I personally don’t consider a scam as something that only attempts to take a person’s money but something that steals something much more valuable than that which is time. I consider PTC websites as a sort of scam since none are honest enough to tell eager users that simply clicking ads as an attempt to make some kind of profit is a waste of time and definitely not worth the rewards once the expenses have been added up. After all, are all PTC websites claiming that everyone who surfs has an article or website they can use to generate income from referrals?While scam websites generally have to look legitimate in order to work, there are many signs to identify even the most well designed websites.

  • Support- Before I get to the ways to check, if you have already signed up and invested in a website after which point you feel that you were cheated then don’t hesitate to contact the support team first before you tell the internet how bad a company is you must consider that it might be a temporary technical issue and the support team might have a solution or reasonable explanation. Also keep in mind that some support teams don’t exists, it might just be an email address stuck behind the servers domain name. If you don’t receive a response within at least 24 hours then you should not even consider sending a follow up message because it means one of two things, either that the support team is receiving more messages than it can manage which means that the website has more problems than it could possibly hope to solve since it clearly can’t even hire enough people to respond to its customers/users.
  • Comments – There are several websites that solely exist to allow users to comment on websites. How they work is that a user visits a website and makes use of its services, they might make an online deposit or put long periods of time into it. After the user has done the work, its time for the website and its team to keep their word and give back the rewards. If the website fails to do this, the user usually sends a message to the support team and if that fails then the user turns to the online community and this is where the website will lose most of its potential customers as many people find these forums while doing research before visiting the website and making any commitments. On these forums a person usually doesn’t have to post their problems as another user or others have already had issues with the website and after a few bad posts someone will occasionally say “scam alert” and this is a clear sign that you should not be using the website. On one occasion my opinion changed because an employee from a certain foreign exchange broker responded on a forum and asked the user to contact support again, while this is not a sign of being legitimate it certainly shows that the team is somewhat dedicated and this is definitely something to look for as not all website owners understand the power of a single bad review simply because the it allows other users to comment.
  • Reviews- Right next to comments from users are reviews from people that actually use the internet to sort the trusted websites from the majority of websites which are scams. All one has to do is type the website name with the word review behind it and some web critics should appear also with comments from users.
  • FAQ- This is a very important part of any website that offers services as there are many things that users need to know which cannot always be put on main pages for design purposes or other reasons. These should always have questions that relate to yours and if not then they were probably created by the team or individual to avoid receiving messages with technical issues. Remember that just because a website has a FAQ section doesn’t mean that the answers are legitimate, the best scam websites make efforts to make users feel comfortable using them, they may even pay their first few users in order to avoid bad reviews from the start, these websites are well funded by people who fund scams in order to make them look the part, I fell for this twice distracted by their impressive designs high pay rates. Here are examples of their selling sentences: The “highest paying PTC website” and “The cheapest web hosting service”, although there may be legitimate websites that may have the same lines on their home pages, these were the lines I saw while I was wasting my time believing that anyone could offer anything for so little money or by offering so much for so little work, keep in mind that this particular PTC website was offering at least twice what the others were and I knew there was a problem when I reached my 100 clicks( stated as a reasonable minimum requirement before withdrawal) only to find out that I also needed 10 referrals to get my money. Once this happened I decided to have look on the internet for ways to get referrals and came across referral exchanges where I could ask individuals to sign up with my link on condition that I do the same with theirs, as I posted my request I got a reply saying “Its a scam, sorry to tell you”, slightly in denial and having being new to online forums and not knowing about website reviews I decided to search the website with the word”review” at the end. I got results with comments on the website and felt the need to burn my computer after discovering I had wasted weeks and large amounts of data viewing websites for nothing and that if I had not received a reply then I would have led 10 innocent people to waste their lives on a pointless website, well I suppose its not pointless since its designed to provoke users into depositing money to get traffic to their websites.

I consider these the best methods of finding out about a website although there are other ways like viewing the terms of use. These terms should always be available to anyone who is registering on a website with a link so that the person can read or save them. Websites that offer payment for services or the other way around should always have this section and if not then I don’t understand how it could be considered to be legit since there are no transactions made without terms as no one involved is safe from being robbed especially on the internet where users have nothing to protect them from heartless programmers, there are authorities on the internet where websites can go to prove legitimacy but these would require an article of their own . Knowing that these websites are trusted helps when you do things like register with your email address as you wouldn’t like it being sent to someone as a mailing list to be used for spam, I find it annoying as I get the occasional email that I don’t care about which seems to be advertising some service that earns me tons of money or at least an amount that will provoke me to click on the link which for all I know is enough to get the mail owner some money for the visit. Email addresses and passwords don’t just fall out of the sky, its very likely that someone would use the same passwords for several things.

Web Sites You Should Know About — Scamadviser
March 1, 2017
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Although there is no 100% tool available today which can tell you everything you need to know about a website, Scamadviser comes a bit closer than the others in its phylum.

You enter the name of a site in the box and see what you learn.

This is a copy of what I found on Scamadviser:

Website: tinycent.com
Title: Coming Soon

Domain Age: 1 Years, 352 Days
Website Speed: Very Fast

Organisation: R.G.K Group
Owner: Naveen Srinivas
Owner Address: c/o Chinnappa reddy , 10th Cross Tankbund Road, Chintamani,Chikkaballapur Distt
Owner City: Bangalore
Owner Postcode: 563125
Phone Number: +91.8971479199 
Phone Type: mobile :Karnataka Bharti Airtel Ltd
Email:  

Owner Country : India 
Website Location  : United States 

Now, when the Owner is in ‘X’ country and locates a Website in America or Great Britain, an alarm should go off.    Why do it that way?

Further, Scamadviser states:

Notes:-
Registered contact email address is a free one
Technical contact email address is a free one
Administrative contact email address is a free one
This website is 1 Years old
The website expected life (366 days) is relatively short.

Analysis Details:-
Although this website appears to be based in United States there are other countries involved and you should review this information carefully and decide if it is as you expect.Although being a new website, does not make it un-trustworthy, as with any new business you should be extra vigilant and do your own research before placing an order or making an investment.

Free email addresses have been used in the setup of this website. This is not necesarily worrying, depending on the site. For online shops, this can be a sign that the site has some risk

The website has been newly registered with a short life expectancy, which follows the pattern used by many fraudulent and fake selling websites. Please be vigilant and take extra care before providing any payment information.

As most of you know tinycents was being pimped on this very site.  People were cheering about it on and on.  I went to Scamadviser first.  I never joined.   Type tinycents.com into a browser and you’ll come to an empty space.

Why?

Because as Scamadviser, ‘advised’… it might be a fraud.   Which it proved to be.

So before you join a site, run it through scamadviser.com

Trying To Shine a Little Light into Darkness; Why Bother?
February 28, 2017
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There is a story about a famous man whose corruption was learned by a little nobody.   The Famous Man told the Little Nobody that he shouldn’t say anything.   The Little Nobody asked if the Famous Man would hurt him, and the man laughed; “No one will believe you, and you will hurt yourself.”

The Little Nobody tried to expose the corruption of the Famous Man, and everyone booed him and manhandled him, and he lost everything.

Years later, when the Famous Man died, all the corruption was exposed.   But the Little Nobody was still Nobody at even a lower level then he would have been had he kept his mouth shut.

About 20 years ago, in Jamaica, there was a woman running a Ponzi Scheme in Montego Bay.  A big radio talk show host tried to expose it, and she was so rudely and widely attacked she had to hide.

About six months later the woman was arrested, charged, convicted, and went to prison.  When she left, she went to Cayman Islands, where the millions of dollars of money she had stolen had been banked.

A few years later, another Scammer came up with ‘CashPlus’, which was a Ponzi scheme.  He was protected by his victims when the Police came to arrest him.   The loud mouthed supporters shouted; “This is a poor man thing!”  and tried to fight on the Scammer’s behalf.

However, the money disappeared and the Scammer was arrested.

At the same time, Olint, another scam was sucking in fools.   They supported him until he went to prison.

The point I am making, is that fools will always be fools.

You can explain to them, for example, why a writing site could never fulfill the promises.  You can give them proof.  They will attack you.  They will claim that because you are angry with the site, you are lying.

You can sit down with a calculator and explain why a company can not pay 25% interest.  It doesn’t matter.  They will invest anyway, and think you are just trying to keep them poor.

One of the things you learn about stupid people is that they hold their ideas closer than their children.  If they do not believe this investment scheme, this website, is a scam, nothing you say, nothing that happens will change them.

There are people walking around Jamaica today who actually believe that Cashplus and Olint didn’t pay them because the Government stopped them.   They actually believe that if the Owners of these two Ponzis had not been arrested, they would have been paid.

There are people, on this very site, who believe that Bubblews would have paid them if it hadn’t gone down.

So it goes

People Cling to Their Constructs more than their Children
December 27, 2016
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Years ago, a friend of mine made the statement that is the title; “People Cling to their Constructs more than their Children.”

At the time, I didn’t understand.   The words were heard, but floated somewhere above me.

As time passed and I encountered the phenomenon in real life, the statement became one of the most brilliant and insightful remarks I had ever heard.

As we all should know by now, what is on the Internet may/may not be true.   Many Web Pages which look legitimate are not, and there is a great number of hoaxes, scams, tricks, and ‘fake news’.

Yet…

No matter how many times one is hit by one of these untrue pages,  there are people who do not internalise this fact.   That will go to a Web Page and believe it.

My community was ‘hit’ by what I call a ‘Flatfoot New York Hustler’.

This is a term for a person who portrays himself, without much accoutrement, as something he ‘could’ be or ‘had been’ but IS NOT.

These folks may be shills at a gambling table,  they may hold themselves out as Professors or Clerics or whatever the stipulations for a position are.   They will use bits and pieces of reality, stapled to fantasy, and make it seem that they were or did.

They may have attended Columbia University, but dropped out in their second year, or did not get a degree in a particular field.   They know how to get a bit of the Official Page and chip it into their own page so that unless one goes to the source, and puts in that extra effort, the lie will pervade.

This Hustler came to Jamaica and I saw through him as glass.   But I was sidelined while people tongue cleaned his toes, and sat back and watched the performance.

It took the ‘leadership’ two years to learn what I had said that very first day, that this man was not who he said he was, did not do what he said he had done, and was really qualified or capable.

I did get a kick out of the ‘I told you so’ but, of course, that was a pyrrhic victory.  He had already gotten all the monetary rewards available, and the directors were more willing to bankrupt themselves to get rid of him then let a Court rule.

Recently, one of the toe cleaners said something about him and I repeated everything I’d said before. But Marie, who knows everything cut me off.  She still believes him, and what is on his Web Page… despite the fact he states he was in Jamaica in 2016 performing particular tasks.

For a fact, known to her, he was not in Jamaica.  He did not perform that task.  Neither did he do it in 2015, for he was gone by that time.

The lie is blatant.  It is done to make the world think that he is employed in Jamaica and held in high regard when he was virtually sent out of town in ignominy.

Yet, she refuses to recognise that this lie, known to her, because she was present in 2015 and 2016, does not, in any way, shake her ‘certainty’ that what she read is ‘true’.

How is this possible?

Her construct of him as this Great Leader is so strong that the facts are boxed away.  She clings to her belief in his abilities and achievements.

She clings with such focus and defiance that one can not shake her belief.

As many people, once she ‘commits’ to a belief, to a construct, she will not release it.  And no amount of evidence, of raw proof will dislodge her illusion.

Don’t be Too Quick to Believe What You Read Online
December 27, 2016
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Some years ago, a company, (I’ll call it Mush,Ltd) hired a man (I’ll name C.G.)  whose achievements had been listed on a Website he had supplied to them as part of his resume.

Mush was impressed, and hired him.   His name was soon emblazoned on their web page.  C.G. was listed, his achievements copied and pasted from the previous Webpage,  and anyone who happened upon that page would be dazzled by such a highly qualified person.

After a time, Mush,Ltd had one of those violent upheavals, common in many businesses.  There was a huge shake-up in leadership and a redirection. People were discharged, positions were reworked.

C.G. was one of those persons who was discharged.

However, there was no tampering with the Webpage.     It had been created about ten years ago and only occasionally looked it.  It was ignored by the senior members.

There was no reference to the Web Page during the upheaval, so it continued to list particular persons, including C.G. as a senior officer of Mush, Ltd.

C.G., who had been found to have submitted false qualifications as the Webpage he had referenced was his own creation, and was asked to leave, still existed on that Web Page.

He knew it, but the others did nothing about it.

C.G. knew how people would read something online and accept it as true so  used Mush’s Web page as proof he still worked for Mush.  He used that Web Page on his own web site.  He made it seem that something he had done at Mush over four years ago had been done last month.

Using his own Web Page, (again) and Mush, Ltd’s Web Page,  he obtained another job.

The company to which he was now employed absolutely believed the veracity of the Web Page of Mush and tht of C.G. as they tied in so well there was no hint of fraud.

Although you may think that a Web Page isn’t proof of anything, there is a huge population which absolutely believes every single word it reads on a Web Page.

The fact an event happened in 2010 can be changed to 2016.  An event that occurred four years ago can be replaced  so that it seems it was last month.   Doing this is simple.   And common.

Yet, people will bet their lives on the veracity of a Web Page.   They will absolutely believe almost anything they read.

Whether one wants to look at the (in) famous Ulsterman Report, or the recent posts by Macedonians on Facebook, (which has caused quite a ruckus and obtained the sobriquet, ‘Fakebook’)  people believe what they see and do no further checks.

So a Scammer, who obtained a position with Mush, Ltd. based on a false set of ‘qualifications’ published on a Webpage was able to continue his trail by using Mush, Ltd and his own page to gain the next position.