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April 04, 2005

Weblog Spam, Blog Spammers

Bad news for non-email spammers: Now you face arrest.

Apparently, according to CNet, a young man of 18 years of age by the name of "Anthony Greco" has been arrested after having sent one and a half million messages advertising porn and mortgages to members of MySpace.com, an online networking service. It seems, also, that young Mr. Greco had other plans as well:

In a further twist upon the scam, Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if MySpace.com didn't sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service.

Greco believed he was flying to Los Angeles to cement that agreement with MySpace President Tom Anderson.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Hoffstadt confirmed the arrest was the first criminal case brought against an individual sending spam over IM. But he warned there may well be more to come. [My emphasis.]

So, if you're operating a weblog out there, and you're constantly having to deal with message board spammers, keep your logs, and expect things to change soon.

Posted by Jeff at April 4, 2005 10:03 PM


I answered an online ad on Craig's List (now deleted by them) which promised me big money for returning calls with no selling required. Well, I immediately emailed them to find out what it was. It is called the Power of People Network and someone named Jon Parr called me at home. He explained the system to me. Basically you send him $3,500.00 and then he'll send you leads of others who answered his ad so that you can try to get them to send in $3,500 to you. Of course as in any ponzi or pyramid scheme, once you stop working it then it all falls apart.

This group thinks they are operating under the radar, but even with all their carefully worded phrases, they are an illegal gifting program. Think about it, why would the government allow these people in this group to collect thousand or even hundreds of thousands of dollars TAX FREE?

They are very crafty in the way they word their sentences. On their site you can find "guidelines" for which terms to use:

"In communicating with others, it is VERY IMPORTANT that we use the appropriate terminology. Participants DO NOT use the following terminology in the activity:

Investment, Paid Earnings, Make Profits, Dividends, Player, Down-line, Up-line, Return, Net, Play the board, Play the house, Took In, Paid off, Paid out, Sponsor, Sign-up, Purchase, Guarantee, Assured Buy, Sure bet, Earn, Multiply your money, Pay, Getting Paid, Recruit, Buy-in, Payout

Participants DO use the following terminology in the activity:

Gift, Give, Receive, I have gifted, I have received, Participation, Golden Rule, Invited by, Constitutional Rights, Sharing, Gifter, Helping others, Right to give, Giving, Nice people, Register your gift, Associates, Fellow man, Kindness, Caring, I gave, Participant, Giving, Free association, Activity, Family, Community, Invitation"

Before you join this sham group, please google "Power of People Network" and read what you find very carefully. DO NOT GET SCAMMED by this group!

Posted by: Paulette at March 19, 2006 11:30 AM

"Do not get scammed by this group."

That statement separates the "scammers" from the "scammees", but the truth is that they're one in the same. Everyone (except the person at the top) who is "scamming" people was scammed into the program.

Frankly, I don't mind people being "scammed" into this thing. When they do, they lose their money. Good. That's less power in the hands of stupid people.

Now if we could just get them to stay home on election day....

Posted by: Jeff at March 19, 2006 04:57 PM

Well, despite your small minded view of scams, many innocent people are victimized. Most people who got involved with POPN were unaware that it is illegal. The organizers, Mr. Jon Parr & Mr. Elbert West, told people repeatedly that the program was MORALLY, LEGALLY & ETHICALLY based. Sure, there is an argument that people should do their homework, but if that was the case then no one would ever be scammed.

Now, on to a more positive note: If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, please tune in to NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES on May 9th at 10 pm. The award winning investigative journalist, BRETT SHIPP, will expose this scam and it's founder.

Posted by: STOPthePOPN at May 1, 2006 04:40 PM

The first of many in the works:

The Investigators: Woman Says 'Gifting Program' Took Last Dime
Power Of The People Network Asked Woman To Give Them $3,500

POSTED: 9:40 pm EDT May 8, 2006
UPDATED: 11:06 pm EDT May 9, 2006


Posted by: STOPthePOPN at May 9, 2006 11:21 PM

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