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  • Mood: Disgust
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Scam threads!
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Dling age of empires
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Ice-Tea
I got a mail about... two days ago that looked exactly like this:

"A while back, rockerkidcassie asked you a question and is waiting for your answer. Please view the question and answer it.
It will take just a few seconds, and you can simply answer Yes or No.
This email was sent by rockerkidcassie while using the Question It application by Curiosity Solutions. Go here to learn more or stop receiving emails from friends using Question It. 255 G Street #723, San Diego, CA 92101, USA"

I paid a visit to this site, something I should never have done. It seemed ok at first, so I registered and all. This was supposedly an internet desktop with online harddisk compatibilities. I liked this site at first and decided to look through it. I still can't quite grasp how stupid I was to give away my email password to them. It seemed so ok! The site had so many cool functions and such. Anyway I searched the net for information about them, and then all these threads about fanbox being scam and spam and phishing and whatnot came up which elevated my suspicions. In one thread there was someone saying that whichever community you're in, put fanbox in your blog to make this name known. Let everyone know fanbox is scam. And for goodness' sake, DON'T give them your PHONE number. They WILL send you messages and they WILL send you a 200$ bill!

"Comment by Sun on 13 August 2008:

I was spammed by sms.ac because my cell phone number was recycled. Within a month, I had a $200 bill in text messages.

When I tried to get my money back from sms.ac they were very helpful initially. More recently, they have become FanBox and all of their phone numbers are disconnected and when I e-mail them I get an automated response back. The 10 week waiting period for the reimbursement is over, but my money is still nowhere to be found."

Here's how to avoid them:

"Do not respond to any mail comming from Fanbox. This is a spam. Delete it right away.
Delete if you see in Subject:

Name-so-and_so wants to be your loyal fan
Name-so_and_so has asked you a question on FanBox
Your Fanbox Account Information

Use address blocking feature in your email to block the following email addresses. In Yahoo mail, go to –>Option –> Block Addresses–> Add Block

fans@fanboxmail.com
member@fanbox.com
question_it@smsacfriends.com

Even if you see link to unsubcribe, don’t click on it — by clicking the unsubcribe link would trigger Fanbox that your email is active. The next thing you know, you’ll get more spam.

I hope this helps."

If you're already caught in their vortex of doom then delete your account immediately after changing your registered password and email within fanbox, then change your NORMAL email password. That way, they can't go into your email and spam your friends. That's what they do. I'm lucky I searched so soon. And don't visit their site. Somehow, they'll register you in their database even if you don't sign up. Anyway, if you see this, you should at least put up a link to this journal to get their name known. No, don't do that, I want natural exposure. Rather link to this thread: gadgetpanel.com/2008/03/19/fan… .

You can do this too BTW:
"Comment by Joe on 9 August 2008:

Here is how to stop phishing/spamming sites like Fanbox.

Do what I did,

start a new Email, (google, yahoo, etc),

add FanBox own contact email address’s (see below) to your address book in the new email account

then join Fanbox and let them spam themselves
Below are 7 of their own contact emails……

sysadmins@corp.fanbox.com
partnerships@corp.fanbox.co
support@corp.fanbox.com
fanboxhc@corp.fanbox.com
partnerships@corp.fanbox.com
investors@corp.fanbox.com
media@corp.fanbox.com"

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DavidJCobb Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
<< [everything] >>
...Whoa. Well... dang. I don't think I've ever heard of an e-mail scam like this. I know they're out there, but this is the first specific one I've heard about.

<< then join Fanbox and let them spam themselves >>
They probably have systems in place to prevent the exploitation of such a glitch.
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kanefan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Well, now you know about it, so you'll most likely not fall into their viscious trap.

Most of this journal is just copy/paste from a forum, and I thought that "spam themselves" comment was kind of fun, so I decided to put it in. It felt GOOD to do such a thing. Just make that account and SPAM the hell out of them! :D God, they're the worst scum. Anyway, I hope you don't get the wrong first-impression of me. I'm normally not this SM-oriented.
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DavidJCobb Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
<< Anyway, I hope you don't get the wrong first-impression of me. >>
Unless an Internet first impression is overly negative, I don't usually judge it.
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:iconkanefan:
kanefan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Hehe, cool! ^^ Thanks for the watch BTW!
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:icondavidjcobb:
DavidJCobb Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
You're welcome :D
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