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  1. #1
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    Is this illegal?

    I saw it on a film, I think it was Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells.

    Anyway, before I get onto that, it would be good if we had a section on here that was for generic scams, as I often do not know where to place a post, since it fits into none of the categories.

    Perhaps something for the mods to think about, just a suggestion obviously.

    Anyway, here is how it goes.

    Person takes out a large ad in a newspaper.

    Ad reads - "Erection problems? Buy our new penis enhancer, great results, only $30", or something of that nature.

    Man sends off his $30.

    Two weeks later, he gets a letter back,

    It reads

    Dear Customer,

    Due to a let down with suppliers, we are unable to fullfill your order.

    Deepest apolgies.

    Please find enclosed a cheque for $30 as refund.



    Yours faithfully

    (Whoever)


    Only this is what happens.

    The cheque has, in LARGE red ink, the words, "PENIS DEVELOPER REFUND" stamped across the front of the cheque!

    This works on the basis that the man, for a mere $30, would be to ashamed to go into the bank to deposit the cheque!

    Thoughts!

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    Not a problem because you don't have to see a teller to deposit a check, just put it in the bank's ATM machine. Besides, if anyone smirked about it, you could just say, "that's a good joke check, isn't it?!"

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrogSkins
    Not a problem because you don't have to see a teller to deposit a check, just put it in the bank's ATM machine.
    Well that is true, however, you were not always able to do that FS. You used to have to pay them in manually.

    What about if it were a Postal Order then?

    Do you get those in the US?

    Maybe they are not the same....
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    I loved Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells, almost as much as Snatch!

    but wasn't the product an anal intruder of some sort? :eek:

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by jigglepete
    I loved Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells, almost as much as Snatch!

    but wasn't the product an anal intruder of some sort? :eek:

    Snatch was pretty cool as well.

    As for the anal intruder, I can't quite recall, however, it's the same principle!
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    yes indeed!

    Actually the scam seems VERY plausable, I'm surprised I havent seen it out there yet...but of course, I haven't checked my junk mail file...

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    I never check mine... just hit that little button that says "empty bulk mail." Praise God for that invention!

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    Yes, but this was an advert in a newspaper, guys!
    "Ethics" is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and
    orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism,
    through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and
    new technologies.
    There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history,
    it is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

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    Re: Is this illegal?

    Enlightenment, You are correct that the companies who sell such products count on the embarrassment factor to discourage people from requesting refunds, but a common ploy is to tell the customer they must call in to cancel their order. They know that very few people will have the nerve to call and tell a real person that the product didn't work for them. And on top of that, their "money back guarantee" may have a time limitation on it, say 30 days. It could take 2-3 weeks for the customer to see if the product does what they claim, so it's unlikely that they'll cancel their order in time - especially if they put it off because they're embarrassed about it.

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