BULL STREET - The art of the Con

Dot.com Business Opportunities that Aren’t

One of the really cool things about the net is that you can literally send millions of e-mails without costing you a penny. Imagine having a program that contains 30 million e-mail addresses and will send them out automatically. I would think that purely based on the law of averages if you attempted people to do anything, a certain number of them would respond positively. This same theory holds in several arena, security fraud, business opportunities and sexual sites.

However, in this case we will devote our conversation towards your getting rich. Shklowskiy had a software program, which contained not 30-million names but an almost unimaginable 50-million e-mail addresses. Now, the law states that in order to send an e-mail out soliciting something you must have been invited in some manner. People get around the invitation problem by giving you something free in exchange for the right to sell your name to others. One of the purveyors of this information is the New York Post, who in exchange for giving you news, will if you permit, will sell your name to anyone with the price.

However, they could never get up to 50-million no matter what they did. Thus, anyone with that kind of mailing list is sending out pure spam, hardly legal, but what if it was sent from Antigua, Moldova or Belarus. I can’t really see any of these folks carrying a lot as long as they are getting a piece of the action. So Shklowskiy sends out this piece “work-at-home piece offering people the opportunity to become literally rich while working at home. The only hang up is that you have to fork over $35 smackers to get into the game.

Well, the law of average worked one more time. There were 12,405 suckers that bit on his offer. The brings in about $500,000 to Shkilowskiy under our mathematics. And what did these folks get for their money. Well they got the opportunity of getting screwed as their mail went to a drop and from their into Shkilowskiy’s pocket. But that wasn’t the worst that happened. These folks were dupes and probably deserved what they got. However, Shkilowskiy had used the header of BigBeat.Net and when over 100,000 people complained, the complaints didn’t get to the perpetrator, they arrived en mass at BigBear, which as would be expected, crashed. BigBear had to increase their staff in order to handle the complaints. Eventually, the hackers were caught and Shkilowskiy got 27-months for his troubles plus a massive restitution.



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