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Spam I Almost Bit

This morning I received a fax from “Arthur Moore” on behalf of “Communication Advisors LLC” telling me that I’ve “been recommended to participate as a member of the advisory Board for a telphone company, which will be fully licensed and oeprating in the U.S.A.” For just 2-3 hours per month of telephone consulting I will be compensated with a “potential income in excess of $100,000.00″

Good one! An appeal to my vanity. An offer of potential riches. But the line at the bottom gave it away: “If you would like to be removed from our database, please call toll free 1-866-446-1905.”

16 Responses to “Spam I Almost Bit”

  1. That one almost got Emmanuel Goldstein, too. He reproduces the fax in the latest issue of 2600. Any clue what the scam might be?

  2. I don’t know what the scam was. Care to respond and find out? :)

  3. I just got this same fax this morning. In doing a keyword search for the company – no site, of course – I found this site and your comments.

    I called them and was told Mr. Moore was not yet in the office but Eddie, who answered the phone, could help me.

    I asked Eddie what it cost to be an Advisory Board member. He said he could certainly give me info that would ‘lead up’ to that point. I told him, no, I didn’t need the info I just needed to know how much it cost.

    This Eddie, clearly not a very clever or articulate con man, said “they don’t usually like me to give that information over the phone.” I said “Im sure they don’t. I am on a web site where people are discussing this scam. I will let them know that indeed it is a scam.”

    And I hung up.

  4. Actually, I rather enjoy getting toll-free numbers on junk faxes like this. I tend to call them up and ask for their fax number, which they NEVER want to give out. I called them today, and they refused to offer any number so I just started hitting re-dial over and over and over again.

    Try that sometime to a business. It drives them NUTS and tends to bring a few giggles to my otherwise normal day.

    By the way, Glen at extension 105 finally gave me the number 305-899-0678. Don’t know if it is valid, but what the hell.

  5. The Better Business Bureau in Spokane, WA (http://www.spokane.bbb.org/alerts/alerts.html?newsid=132&newstype=2) posted that it costs $20,000 to buy into the partnership. This fax comes from many different companies, signed by different people. The BBB doesn’t specifically say it is a scam, but it does advise to be extremely careful about responding. I threw the fax away.

  6. Just $20K? Why, with potential income in excess of $100K, it’ll pay for itself in weeks! What a bargain!

  7. I got the fax this morning, googled the LLC name and got this site. I assumed it was a scam but it’s always good to find out what’s what. Maybe I’ll program my fax machine to call the toll free number.

  8. Wait a minute all of you naysayers!! These are good people, they let me pay my $20,000 over a period of 6 months interest free. They were kind enough to bill my different credit cards each month.

    Once, I have this paid off they will let me know how to start earning BIG $$$$. Who’ll will be laughing then??

    Seriously, this is a good BB to get info about scams. I too, searched for this company and found this website. Good Job.

  9. Wait a minute all of you naysayers!! These are good people, they let me pay my $20,000 over a period of 6 months interest free. They were kind enough to bill my different credit cards each month.

    Once, I have this paid off they will let me know how to start earning BIG $$$$. Who’ll will be laughing then??

    Seriously, this is a good BB to get info about scams. I too, searched for this company and found this website. Good Job.

  10. Wednesday, 5 February, 2003

    This is the second time I’ve received this fax. I threw the other one away immediately, but receiving it a second time, I was inspired to look around on the web, and found only this site and one which purports to be a copy of minutes of a meeting.

    I guess it was Sharon who actually called and got the run-around, but clearly, they want money up front and are not willing to give details.

    Thanks for the input of all of you.

    Fannie

  11. Would really like to know how they got our names in the first place and would also like to know if they really found some victims to pay for running all those faxes.

  12. Here’s another clue that this is a scam: The perpetrators can’t even spell the name of the company consistently. At one point in the fax, the name is “Communication Advisors L.L.C.” but later in the document “communication” has become pluralized — “Communications Advisors L.L.C.” Talk about careless.

    By the way, these guys are also calling themselves “The Infomercial Group” and running the same scam. They changed a few words, and played around with the formatting a bit, but it’s obviously the same deal. Different phone number and “removal” number, though.

  13. Just got my fax this morning- they’ve added a confidentiality notice at the top. I did the search, found this page and called. The man who answered spoke with a broken English accent. I kept telling him I want to be rich over and over again in a THICK foreign accent. Frustrated, he finally hung up. Guess he doesn’t want my money! Ha ha.

  14. Found this site after getting my fax last week. Noticed that the fax is time stamped as EST – Eastern Standard Time. Their fax number (if it is true) comes from an area code in Miami, FL. There are two Arthur Moore listings in Miami – one without an address. No listing for CA, LLC. Have fun with Arthur’s home number in the White Pages.

  15. I got the fax today. Like the others I did a google search and found this site. I expected this was a scam.

  16. Just when I was sure that my visionary and leadership skills had finally been noticed, I find out it’s a scam!

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