Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mystery Shopper Scam…Verified

I am not a person that just does anything that a piece of mail says to do.  Recently we received a check for @$3200.  It was from a company named Universal Tech, Inc.  It was formal looking, and the check that they sent looked genuine.  The document had barcodes, and names, and numbers all over it.  They even referenced the BBB, which I checked.  They did have a F, but it wasn’t for this type of issue.  It was for other reasons.

I called HSBC, and tried to verify the check was good.  They couldn’t verify it.  I knew based on my outlook of situations that as long as I waited for any check to fully clear before doing anything that I wouldn’t be a loser in the end.  I had a feeling at this point that this was a scam.  If I was wrong, then I would have legitimate money.  I checked the internet, and found no noted scams about this company, so I decided I would attempt deposit.  I would not send any of the required money out until long after the money FULLY cleared my bank was my thinking.  When it comes to money I don’t take a back seat.  I verify everything before I act.

I had no contract with the company, nor did I solicit them for this type of work.  @$3200 just being mailed to me was the trigger.

We deposited the check.  The bank initially made the funds available.  The letter said that I was supposed to Western Union money out within 7 days.  I refused to do anything until I saw the check clear 100%.  Today I looked at my account, and noticed that the check was being reversed.  This was in fact a scam as I originally thought.

If you get anything that has a check with it, then be warned.  I have a name of John Como on all paperwork.  Everything is a scam.  They are banking on you depositing the check, seeing it initially clear, and you sending money out.  That would be fine if the banks didn’t take forever to clear things with the Federal Reserve.

This company has been inducted into my own “Hall of Dumbest Internet Scams.”

I have contacted the proper authorities, and will work with them hoping it will prevent others from being scammed.

Here is another article on the web that I just found after someone tried to scam me.  Click HERE.

The BBB report is HERE.

Here is the amazing part of the scammer.  I called him back to get his side of the story, and they denied ever having any sort of mail come to me.  He said that they don’t issue checks out like that.  Can you say DUMB MORON?  I have a letter from them, and a copy of a check they tried to pass.

What Vacations with You?

Have you ever gone away on vacation, and had to stop off at a hotel/motel to catch some sleep?  Even though it may look like the cleanest place, there is still the chance that there may be “bed bugs” creeping around.

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Bed Bugs are tiny insects that feed on humans, and other warm blooded creatures.  They are not strictly nocturnal, so you may see them during the day.

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I have never had the opportunity to see bed bugs, nor do I want to see them.  Above you will see what a bed bug looks like on a piece of paper.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review a product called the BugZip.  The BugZip bed bug encasement is a zipper bag made of vinyl material.

How does it work… Well, I didn’t have the occassion to actually see any bed bugs, but the principal behind the product is that when you go away you unpack the BugZip, and basically dump your suitcase into the bag.  Take care when zipping the zippers, as they need to be closed completely to be fully effective.

When you leave the location, you simply transfer everything into the suitcase, and dispose of the bag.  The bags are not meant for reuse.  At home you can reuse them within the same room, but not within many rooms.

I found the product very easy to use, and I would use it again if I were to go away.

PS3 GodFather 2 Game Review

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The Grand Theft Auto type game is continually emerging in the video games of today.  The common gene in each of them is the auto theft, shooting, and completing missions.

Godfather 2 has a decent story line to it.  The graphics are fair.  I have actually seen better graphics in a PS3 game.  The speech track doesn’t match the characters face movements.  The gameplay isn’t as realistic as it could be.  Some of the lighting is a bit dark in some places.  Some of the contract kills aren’t easy to accomplish, or have to be attempted several times.

I haven’t played the online part of the game yet, but I am pretty sure that it is fairly similar to Grand Theft.

In general Godfather 2 gets a 5 out of 10 from me.  I would not waste $55 on this.  To go one further I wouldn’t allow you to waste $55 on me if you were to offer purchasing it.  (Well… I would let you, I just wouldn’t open it.  I could at least sell it back, or return it somewhere.)