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Qazzoo Reviews Muckrakers and Scumbaggers

Muckrakers were huge in their time and we now have a similar type of reporting on the topics of our days. The topic is the internet itself and the lack of trust that comes with people working in a virtual world with little true interaction.

mantiteo“Catfishing” the term given to making false profiles to entice hopeful people into online relationships has been brought into the light with the scandal the befell Manti Te’o while in his senior year of college at Notre Dame. As the story goes the girlfriend that he shared his most personal thoughts as well as his heart was in fact a fake. She did not exist.

Imagine the feeling of love and the feeling of being dumped. The highs and the lows are brutal and should not be visited upon my worst enemy. Now imagine falling in love and being dumped because the focus of your affection was a band of pranksters that thought it funny to cause others pain and embarrassment.

This is what we have today. It may not happen to you but it will happen to someone you know. Being lied to or tricked by false people with fake identities feels bad. It brings with it shame and humiliation.

My story is not as bad as most but it is still embarrassing.

I put my car on Craigslist in the hopes of selling it. Low and behold I received an email offering full price. A week later I received a cashier’s check for Thirty five thousand dollars with the rest to follow. I was ecstatic and shared my brilliance with my wife so that she could appreciate my very high IQ.

The buyer started calling me with a fairly thick accent. Now what was a strong African accent doing coming from a buyer named Michael in Portland. Well I didn’t really care as long as I had his check…thirty-five thousand dollar check to be exact. Well the end of the story is that Michael (which happens to be my name) was actually in Nigeria and his cashier’s check wasn’t worth any more than his promises that if I paid the moving expenses up front that he would send the final payment, another thirty-five thousand dollars.

But the bank never looked twice at the check. They never said anything to me about the check being a fraud and they never said that they see this particular scam every other day.

That would have been helpful, but instead I just felt like an ass. I wound up selling the car to a friend and not getting nearly as much for it. His funds were real (all cash) and I will never fall for that scam again…but there may be others that I fall for.

mantiteo2The problem that this story is supposed to illustrate is that we are human and we are open to new ways of getting screwed over so we are also skeptical. “I will research it online” what the heck does that mean?

It means “I am going to do nothing and act like I did” or it means “I will read whatever dibble there is online until I find something that justifies my skepticism”

What it doesn’t mean is “I am going to do extensive research from reputable unbiased sources”

For that we would want to go to the BBB or some other source but the BBB generally has less search engine juice than sites that employ the fake dead ex girl friend of Manti Te’o in order to spew enough negative crap to make themselves relevant.

Michael Urbanski Michael Urbanski (1356 Posts)

Michael Urbanski is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience online as the CEO/founder of Heavy Hammer since its inception in 1998. Heavy Hammer has several profitable online platforms for local advertising. Michael also owns several patents for geographic advertising online and has numerous other patents in process. Before launching Heavy Hammer in 1999 Michael was the top salesman for foreclosure homes in the state of Maryland. Among his accomplishments Mr. Urbanski has been a decorated Air Traffic Controller in the Air Force, a successful restaurateur and has written and produced several award winning feature films and top tier video games. Leveraging the success of his previous ventures and experiences, Michael self‑financed and launched Heavy Hammer which has been profitable every year of the 12 years it has been in operation.

  1. Much like anything else it seems that people will research until they find the one thing that illustrates their suspicions and then stop. The truth is that we have to have a little faith in human beings and then watch them very carefully.

  2. Very, very good point. The internet is truly the wild, wild west and one must be careful where one does their “research”.

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