Also here’s a pro-tip. If you’re searching for something and a bunch of Youtube videos says “Is XYZ a scam??”, the answer is “absolutely yes”. Those videos pretend to be honest reviews that wind up finding out that “surprisingly, it’s not a scam and looks pretty good”, but it’s all a lie.
Other scams, usually by virtue of providing a 100% incentive based compensation structure:
- Selling mattresses
- Real Estate sales or seminars of any kind to someone inexperienced
- MLM or Pyramid Schemes
- Typically anything that advocates obscene amounts of positive psychology and a scientology like version of a Christianity
- Insurance sales
- Selling internet services for a company like CBeyond
- Any college of any-kind that makes a profit short of coding boot camps (and they’ll probably turn into a scam within a few years which is sad)
You definitely lost me there - while there are scam schools and the cost of reputable private colleges has ballooned from expensive through unacceptable into stratospheric, higher education remains one of the best investments a person can make in themselves.
Also I have no problems with coding bootcamps. But the schools I mentioned above, whose avarice I feel like knows no limits, will eventually discover “coding bootcamps” and make them into a brutal profit extraction machine with laughable education value. But again, that in no way has happened yet.
I don't know anything about how Kaplan's ownership affected it though, either positively or negatively.
Apollo Education (which owns the University of Phoenix) acquired The Iron Yard bootcamp in 2015, and it is shutting down as now as well.
So in these cases at least, some of the large for-profit education providers don't seem to have found dev bootcamps (in their current form, anyway) to be very lucrative.
The company I currently work for is spearheading a program like this- you go through a six month bootcamp and get placed in a the 2 year long rotational program for out-of-college hires. The distinction here is that they're also trying to pipe in college hires for the bootcamp, just those who discovered they liked CS too late or majored in the wrong thing.
Insurance and mattresses salesman did not get to that position by signing up to some online "course" where they were promised "unlimited returns"
Walking up to your local mattress shop and handing your CV has a much higher chance of you getting an actual job doing that
- much foreign exchange trading (FOREX).
(Huge racket. In many cases, you're not really buying options; you're betting against the house, which is a bucket shop. The house cheats, and won't pay up if they lose. 40% of Israel's financial sector is this stuff.)
I am confused and, I confess, Google is not exactly helpful - like you suggested.
I don't think I've ever been scammed when buying a mattress? I don't think anyone has even tried to scam me while buying a mattress. Then again, those two traits would make for a good scam.
Each mattress is a different version because they use different color thread. Everything else is exactly the same as the competition.
And there is stuff like no 2 stores having the same mattress, so you can't comparison shop.
Is the stock market a scam?
And the first hit is a youtube video of someone explaining that it's not a scam. If we agree that the stock market isn't a scam, that's at least a false positive for your test..
Some of them are pretty close, if not there already -- not always intentionally though.
Don't want to use his real name, probably for his safety considering it mentions death threats, but half a page later there's a super clear picture of him?!?
Anyway, I tried what you suggested. It was well worth it: https://imgur.com/a/dCFnx
In reality I know he isn't doing any of that but the design unfortunately signals he might be.
Would be awfully nice for a UK based developer to offer them their services for free and add some robustness against DDoS.
I would especially want to see some security audit done on their forum, looks as if a security vulnerability could quite literally be life threatening.
in a similar vein, what could use somebody's web skills is a ICO fraud site that looks as impressive and overengineered as ICO marketing sites (case in point: IOTA https://iota.org/. not commenting on the merits of the project, just the site). although these sites probably already exist.
That site is insane, I wonder how many people don't even make it past the home page because of loading times or some fancy feature breaks. I loathe websites removing basic functionality like scroll bars.
The victim may well be a poor innocent (possibly elderly or kids) not-the-sharpiest-knife-in-the drawer, as it happens (example) for those scam calls promising they will fix your computer that has a virus or similar, or solicitng for an unpaid (non-existing) invoice but a large part of the scams are based on the victim having some form of "greed" or "lust" or however the will to do something that would not be entirely legal or morally acceptable.
So, I personally find difficult to call "victims" someone that thought they could get a zillion dollars "helping" a poor Nigerian Prince (or his widow) to collect the fortune he accumulated offshore or those that are blackmailed because they showed nude (or worse) on a webcam believing that on the other side there was a nice looking girl.
This said, the data in the "form" for sextortion/blackmail "victims" here:
is IMHO something that noone, including and especially a "victim" of an online scam should even think of filling and sending to anyone (if not - if it is the case - Law enforcement officials).
"Wayne May" is asking for exactly the same data that would make a scammer/blackmailer happy:
2) Date of birth
4) E-mail address
5) Link to (eventually uploaded) compromising video
Most probably "Wayne May" and his helping volunteers are in good faith and have the best of the intentions, and this data will never leak, but it is a huge, huge risk.
I called my phone company and blocked inbound international calls: problem solved and no more scam calls.
Feel free to submit your scam emails to the website... the more in the database, the better chance of hopefully protecting people from getting scammed.