Friday, 14 January 2011

Disgusting and Vile: Preying on the Gullible

Unknowingly, I managed to subscribe to a website which offered me a service geared up to help me live my life. I say unknowingly, because I didn't realise I had actually subscribed and I honestly don't remember doing. So many websites only need you to click onto their site and you are automatically included in their overwhelming distribution of emails containing information that means absolutely nothing to you as an individual. For a few weeks now, I've been receiving emails from someone known as Tara. Because of my beliefs in the paranormal, I let it go that these emails were landing not only in my "junk" folder, but one or two appeared in my "inbox". I ignored them, having better things to do than read about how a total stranger can change my life for the better. But this week, after receiving several emails in the same day, I decided to have a quick read and made the error of clicking on to their website.

One of the emails started off saying, "You are at a crossroads, Kathryn!" So, I thought, they know my name. Perhaps I did subscribe after all and hadn't realised. It went on, "Do you want to continue your dismal life that you have been leading, with your money problems, difficult relationships with people and much disappointment?" My next thought was, how dare they. Who do they think they are to tell me I lead a dismal life, have money problems, difficult relationships and experience disappointment. They don't know me. "All you have to do to achieve great happiness is click here." I nodded my head. The word, con, came to mind. But another email told me I'd got a "serious problem" and announced that "Tara" had done something for me and in order to find out what it was I needed to "click here".

So I did. I would never normally click on an icon unless I knew what I was clicking on, but this angered me so much that I decided to give it a go, see what Tara was hoping to do to improve my incredibly dismal, disappointing, Billy-no-mates lifestyle that she obviously wanted me to believe I had.  The click led me to her website. She gave me an extremely long message consisting of utter bullshit about how amazing she was and how much I needed her help; that if I didn't agree to her helping me then I would be doomed forever and bad things were sure to happen to me. My family would suffer, as would my lifestyle. And at the bottom of all this complete crap was an option on how I should pay for her services, credit card, debit card, whichever. But unless I paid I would surely feel the wrath of bad fortune for the rest of my life.

As some of you know, my beliefs in the paranormal and spirit world are very strong, my current book is about a medium and I have done endless research over the past three years. I have good friends who are mediums and know a lot of people who claim to be psychic. But emails like this make a mockery of the good work my medium friends do. I am outraged that people like Tara, whoever the hell she is, finds it an easy task to send innocent people such rubbish and expects them to be gullible enough to pay to be told that they will live happily ever after. Where this website slipped up is by telling me that I am in desperate need of help. I suggest they look in the mirror and realise it is they who need help. In bucket fulls.

48 comments:

  1. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to Tara and all like her.

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  2. Sounds like that website should be shut down.

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  3. I HATE things like that. Most people are sensible enough to see the complete con, however a few vulnerable members of society get sucked into these things and lose lots of money.

    There is no real way of policing the Internet enough to stop it so it's so frustrating it continues.

    These types of things do give legit causes bad reputations. Sounds like you had some horrible messages.

    Vile folk.

    Take care

    Xxx

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  4. ugh i hate spammers and people that build viruses and all the internet predators...

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  5. I would have been worried that I'd been given a virus or worse and that I'd turned my computer over to someone else by clicking on the icon.
    Psychologically........ it is a vile practice. I am careful not to click onto things that I don't know. I hope that you will think twice about doing this.
    There is always someone out there trying to trick you.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  6. Should be a law against it!

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  7. Email hoaxes and spammers make me SO mad! The thing is, some people fall for them.

    I can usually spot a hoax/spam a mile off but occasionally if I'm unsure this is a good site to use:

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/

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  8. I get these kinds of e-mails too...learned awhile ago to just delete them as they come..but it is deceiving because their e-mails are made to look like you know this person...I wonder how many real e-mails I've deleted in my effort to avoid spammers? Happy weekend.

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  9. I am utterly appalled, but not surprised as I see and hear of these types every day. I have met many of them and they get very angry when you expose them. They hate me because of my site and what I talk about.
    Wait till they read my books!

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  10. Paranormal activity: so interesting, yet scary. I had a friend who shared a home with a couple of ghosts. Interesting stories!

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  11. Tara sent me emails for a while - I ignored her and she went away. Not nice tactics though.

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  12. I'm sure there are places online where you can report this type of web site. As your title suggests, they prey on the gullible and they only need a few to pay up before they're in profit. They need to closed down as quickly as they spring up.

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  13. I've alos had the Tara emails and know that I haven't subscibed to anything leatly except a knitting website! It sounds like some site you visited sold your details.

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  14. There are some very unscrupulous people out there and there has to be a law against such tactics...

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  15. Good grief. People will go to any lengths to take advantage of others. I pity the poor souls who believe in what Tara has to say. And to Tara I would say, karma dude. LOL

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  16. What a nasty creature. I hope her site is shut down asap. XXX

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  17. Best thing to do is report the site for spam, it might take a while for it to be actioned but that kind of behaviour just isn't on. Just as well you have confidence in yourself and your lovely life, imagine some poor creature in a bad way getting something like that!! Jen

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  18. Tara certainly is living a dismal life, trying to grasp at other peoples hearts. Right?

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  19. It's sad that there are so many of these disreputable companies out there. You're smart to have not fallen prey to them!

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my blog :) I'm now following yours as well!

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  20. Away from paranormal stuff, I work in banking and I have so many customers who have been conned with these hoax emails claiming to be from the bank and asking them to confirm all their information. It's appalling the things that get circulated around the internet, making people vulnerable!

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  21. Tara seems a bit too odd to me. Not paranormal- just odd! Take care and following now.

    Clay

    http://tantrumstroublesandtreasures.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-do-i-know.html

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  22. This post is a reason I don't bother with emails from people I don't know. Sad thing, is there are people out there who are gullible enough to get scammed.

    Following now, via blog hop.

    Come visit, when you get a chance.

    http://jewelzfrontporch.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh my goodness, I thought I was the only one getting ridiculous emails from this woman!!! I clicked out of curiosity too- what a load of crap!!! I too have the same dismal life as you and I too am doomed, have been for a couple of years now. Did she tell you something about a special spell she has JUST FOR YOU???! Great post and a ridiculous woman.
    XxX

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  24. Frustrating, agreed! Thanks for the comment. I love love love your collies!!! They are the best, right?

    Best wishes!

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  25. I am absolutely stunned to find out that others have been getting emails from this stupid woman, too. I really appreciate your support on this. Thank you for your comments as always.

    CJ xx

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  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm following you back.
    Hope

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  27. Thank you for coming by my blog. When I looked through yours, I got all excited! Just finished writing my first children's book. How did you get your children's book published? Did you have an agent? What do you think about the ebooks, and not having to have an agent to publish? My email is:mskousen@comcast.net Look forward to hearing from you.

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  28. I hate spam mail like that, and it is sad people will actually fall for and lose money...

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  29. Anyone would misunderstood your messages you know. You have written about your whole life, caring for an autistic child and then you were sick of epilepsy. That alone made her worried and maybe wants to help but in today`s world there are too many cheaters and liars. I myself had been a victim of many fakers and fraud. I would like to broadcast also my problem with my autistic child but that might broaden so many issues and too many pranksters will come out of ying yang and victimize not only me... you know. By the way how Amy can adapt in school and can she talk or just mimic whatever it seems to me that her autistic behavior is different from my daughter. How old is she when she was diagnosedÉ

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  30. I agree - to hell with all of those - I get angry with those sites for the same reason you did (their presumption and their lack of scruples)

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  31. Anon - thank you for your comment. Do you have a name?

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  32. It is pretty sad that people feel the only way to make money is to essentially steal it. If you have paranormal beliefs, perhaps you believe in Karma as well. Or at least you reap what you sow. They'll be getting their's for sure. If not in this life, then in the next. ~ Blessings, Janet I found you via the Friday Blog Hops. You can find me at http://janetsjournal-inherpeace.blogspot.com and http://theskinnyonmini.blogspot.com Have a beautiful weekend. ~ Blessings, Janet

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  33. Hi! Crystal...
    Once again, I have to agree with your commenter...I think Tara, is a spammer. My advice is to try and get your name [email address] removed from her [e]mail list...immediately!
    [Postscript:Nice Header too!]
    DeeDee ;-D

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  34. WOAH! That is really disgusting. I get spammed all the time in my emails, I usually just roll my eyes and click delete. But the way that Tara chick has done her spamming is disgusting. Honestly, there should be a law. I think a lot of us out there who use computers can spot the spammer right away. But when you think of, say the elderly, for example who only uses it to communicate with family, could fall victim so easily to something like that.

    Really disgusting!!

    http://kittycatslittertray.wordpress.com/

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  35. I secon all of the above - also having fallen victim to a couple of computer viruses recently I feel prompted to say - DON'T CLICK ON ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T SOLICIT UNLESS YOU HAVE TRULY AWESOME FIREWALLS IN PLACE AND FREE IT SUPPORT!!!

    Caroline x

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  36. Also - sorry should have proofread that!!

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  37. I agree that those websites are a pile of crap but they will always exist - freedom of speech and all that. Not only that, but not only are there some vulnerable people who will fall for it, but there are also some perfectly sensible, sane people who actually believe it and would happily pay her.
    As far as someone selling on your details - I don't think it would have taken anything as underhand as that. You have a public blog which has metatags to do with the paranormal etc. In one of your most recent posts, you included your email address so that people could send you their paranormal experience emails. I imagine someone like Tara not only has lists of email addresses provided to her (or sold to her) but also has software that simply trawls the net looking for keywords such as "paranormal" etc and she can then target an email address herself.

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  38. Em - you're right, but it's such a shame that people can't give out their email address without being slammed by spammers. I guess I get a little too sensitive sometimes!

    Thank you for your comments.
    CJ xx

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  39. Thanks for following me! I'm following you back!
    novelbloggers.blogspot.com

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  40. sounds a lot like the guy who teaches a weekend workshop on enlightenment and then prints out a "certificate of enlightenment" at the end. Yeah, enlightenment occurs after a 12 workshop. What a dick.

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  41. That's just so unacceptable! You should lodge a complaint with her service provider - they do take this sort of stuff seriously.

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  42. I agree with Jen, it's a good idea to report her. It would be so easy for someone at a low ebb in their lives and vulnerable to be taken in by someone like that! And that's clearly something Tara is counting on.

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  43. She doesn't know you from Adam...it's a robospammer.
    NEVER EVER click on something you don't feel "right" about....
    If I were you, I'd go in and change my email password just to be on the safe side! Some of these are linked to spyware...
    hughugs

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  44. I hate those types of emails. I just totally ignore them. There should be some type of law against it.
    Thanks for following and being part of P.P.TW Fun Weekend Blog Hop. Im following back. I hope your week is filled with less emails from all types of Taras.

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  45. This is scary. It worries me for all the people who might click on it and believe the tripe.

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  46. Country Girl - That's what I thought, too. Believing in the paranormal like I do doesn't mean we are gullible and will believe in anything. I think these people who run these sites just prey on folk like me who have these beliefs. But if you were a true medium, you wouldn't need to take money from people for your services.

    CJ xx

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  47. Agh. They do exist - I came across one myself. Preying on people who they hope will be vulnerable enough to go for it.

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