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    Affiliate Manager DavidVanHook's Avatar
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    Tis' the season for Scams
    I received this e-mail:
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    APPLICATION:
    First Name: Mike
    Last Name: M[blanked]
    Company: None
    Payable To: [guess]
    Email: Note:Please contact me by phone only
    Address: [blanked]
    City: St louis
    State: MI
    Country: USA
    Zip: 95820
    Phone: 809-496-2700
    Website located at: http://will discuss over phone
    Note:I want to sign up as a affiliate person and make you a million dollars
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    Almost fell for it

    Two thing tip me off. 1st this "affiliate person" wanted to make sure that our only communication was by phone (which isn't strange at all) but, after seeing that it's a (809) number, it gave me pause.

    2nd I'm from Sacramento, Ca and the zipcode entered was also a sactown zip not from St. Louis

    Shame...Shame.... new twist on a old scam. AM be aware.

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    FYI, here's information on 809 scams:

    http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/809.asp
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    Affiliate Manager DavidVanHook's Avatar
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    Thanks for adding that link Michael

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    I knew that, but had completely forgotten. THANKS for the 809 = possible phone scam reminder!!!

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    Affiliate Manager DavidVanHook's Avatar
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    I can imagine an AM getting a request to join their program like this one. If this Scammer was on point and fine tuned his information, he could have gotten me to call, on an off day.

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    this "affiliate person" wanted to make sure that our only communication was by phone (which isn't strange at all)
    Not strange? I'd think it was *extremely* strange...
    When people go to great lengths to not leave any "paper trail," something is mighty fishy, even when it isn't a phone-charge scam.

    Maybe my anti-phone reputation preceeds me, because I've yet to get such a request, or anyone who didn't have at least one URL registered with SAS.
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    Affiliate Manager DavidVanHook's Avatar
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    The phone communication part isn't strange in itself because I have a few affiliates who like having access to me by phone and prefer that I call them, but paired with this fishy info, I agree this is "extremely strange". I was saying "Torro! Torro!" when I saw this.

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    Tip 3 that it's a scam - A person living in St. Louis would know its in Misssouri not Michigan.

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