The Stimulus Package Appears To Be Stimulating Scammers...

from the they-wanted-job-creation... dept

This probably isn't much of a surprise for most folks, but scammers have wasted no time at all in using news about the massive government stimulus plan to try to trick suckers into various scams. Many of these are scams trying to get people to sign up to pay a "fee" to find out how they can get their "stimulus check" even though the stimulus program isn't sending out checks to individuals. Expect to see plenty more similar scams as well.
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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:14pm

    Madoff ?
    Is that you ?

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    Jeff Whitley, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:19pm

    Correction

    That would be the "porkulous" package

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    Occasionally Hip, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:27pm

    Got a quite 'federal' looking thing in the mail the other day, Time Sensitive! Stimulus Check Information! Gubmint Return Address! Open Immediately!

    Trying to sell me a frickin' time share.

    Guess the fed doesn't hold any trademarks? I think they'd've had a case.

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    Josh, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:29pm

    Check.

    What you didn't get your check? I did by simply following this link: Luckiest Chums (Please have your freedom and hope for a future ready to forfeit)

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:31pm

    It's their second job

    Must be those poor CEOs trying to scrape together a living on just $500K per year.

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      Anonymous Coward, 5 Mar 2009 @ 4:23am

      Re: It's their second job

      Must be those poor CEOs trying to scrape together a living on just $5MM per year.

      There, fixed that for you

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    Rizwan, 4 Mar 2009 @ 11:02pm

    I really gotta get into the scamming business, these guys are making a killing! How's that whole 'identity theft' thing work? Someone want to point me in the right direction?

    thanks.

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    Weird Harold, 5 Mar 2009 @ 4:09am

    Spam is spam. Email spam changes with the season, the holiday, the events. The stimulus packge is just a term to use to get you to commit the ultimate sin (reading their spam and clicking on their links), nothing more and nothing less.

    They have done the same for everything from plane crashes to Celebrity nudes. Nothing new here, nothing to see.

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  • identicon
    Gene Cavanaugh, 5 Mar 2009 @ 11:07am

    Stimulus scams

    Right on.

    I am of two minds on this, though.

    1. I hate to see people taken advantage of, but
    2. beyond a certain point, wouldn't it be better to take the money away from the brain-dead? I am not entirely kidding, here! Money in the hands of the truly naive can be dangerous!

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Mar 2010 @ 6:29am

    got money to lay workers

    cardinal glass got 7.7mil. to lay off 40 people stimulus really works

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