Monthly Archives: January 2007 Check Fraud Scam

Scam alert.

$600-1,200 for 2.5-3.5 hours per week ?

Read and repeat: If it comes from the internet and it sounds to good to be true, it always is.

I admit, I read it through twice and almost replied, the idea of getting up a half-hour earlier each day and getting some “fun money” is pretty seductive. Fortunately, my front-brain regained control of things and a quick Google search revealed it to be yet another variation on check fraud scams. This time preying on job-hunters for added despicability. I reported the email to Monster. Here’s the full text, hopefully this gets some pagerank and keeps the truth (more truth) about these fraudsters easily accessible:

Dear (Full Name)!

We have found your resume at

And We would like to suggest a position at our company to you . The position is “Transfer Manager“.
The task of the Transfer Manager is processing payments between our
clients and our company via bank accounts or checks. The job is related to remote
Internet operations.Every payment order will be accompanied with detailed instructions.
It’s a commission based position. You will get about 8% of each processed payment.

The general requirements are:

  • The ability to create good administrative reporting;
  • Any expirience in customer service sphere is approved. But it’s not necessary.
  • Willingness to work from home, take responsibility set up and achieve goals;
  • Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
  • Effective interaction with customers;
  • You should be familiar with working on-line and have Internet and e-mail skills;

Salary: $600-$1200 per week

This job will allow to you:

  • to work efficiently from home;
  • to increase available personal time;
  • to get financial independence for less time than it’s usually required;
  • to develop high self-respect and esteem;The working hours are not flexible. It means that you can perform the work at anytime. Working hours you
    choose yourself. The main requirement is you should spend half an hour every day for the work.
    You just have to check your e-mail daily to see if there is any work for you.

Current Vacancies: 4

(Full Name), If you are interested in this position, please reply to:

Ilona Matise,
Financial Manager,
Summer-Exchange Inc.

The More Things Change…

Computer Key

Does anyone remember how a smart, innovative, “revolutionary” PC company released a ground-breaking OS/computer, but made it hard for developers (aka “hackers”) to get at the goods with a deeply recessed, non-standard case screw? While in comparison, the “other company” let “a hundred flowers bloom,” encouraging a modular, easy-access hardware environment and sharing their OS with developers from which to learn, adopt, and/or borg-ify innovative products?

Next, can anyone remember how the “other company” marched across the business and consumer landscape throughout the 80s and 90s, continuing to innovate on the OS front, and swallowing up useful proto-competitors in software, while the “revolutionary company” suffered from an inability to grow business market share outside of graphics design, and witnessed contracting consumer adoption due to a LACK OF APPLICATIONS?

Anyone remember how this “revolutionary company” stood (almost) at death’s door, til the founder returned with a slightly more open OS? And does anyone further remember how this OS lead directly to an uptick in activity within the developer community, adding valuable products such as iTunes to the core software suite?

So has anyone taken a gander at these iPhone OS quotes from said founder/savior?

Coda: does anyone remember what an American-educated Spaniard, who’s best friend from college married a Rockefeller, said about history? Something about learning from it, or being doomed to repeat it?

Yeah, me too.

UGC = User Generated Code?



In spring 2007, Apple will release the newest version of its Mac OS X operating system, codenamed “Leopard,” which will let users build widgets from scratch and share them with others, even if they’ve never written a line of code.

How long will the consumer computing demigods put dixie cups of this kool-aid on the table and ask us to drink up? My prediction: the number of popular Leopard widgets (10,000+ downloads) created by non-coders in 2007? Nil. Nada. Zilch. Zero. The Big Goose Egg. etc…

Alex Papadimoulis has a nice summary of why this marketingspeak will never be much more than a press release or two. There’s a reason stonemasons, carpenters and ironworkers are still finding work, even though Home Depot and a metric ton or two of DIY books let anyone who can read build a house from the ground up. Complicated tasks with a high risk of total failure for the uninitiated will always require specialists to generate meaningful returns over time.

Seen first at Splashcast.