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I crave a feeling of addiction as there is literally nothing going on in my life for me

I took a walk today and towards the end I started to think about why I feel so down and depressed and how i felt better while being addicted to something. I just crave that feeling of looking forward to something when I wake up and when I come back home.
I have been addicted to different minor things incuding different sorts of video games, making tiktok in hope of them going viral, trading cards to get a rare card (online and offline) and getting sales on ebay, social apps.
All of these things got me exited to wake up in the morning and go about my daily tasks, - Checking my phone to see if I went viral, or a message form a cute girl, or a cool videogame notification. Now I feel like shit most of the time. I can usually be distracted and happy around people and girls which happens really rarely but Iv never had good friends or a girlfriend.
Does anyone else experience these problems regardless of how their life is going? I feel like my brain has been wired to only get pleasure from addictions due to my prolonged lack of friends or a gf but i feel socializing around people I want to be around could help it. Does anyone have a realistic solution for this. Perhaps there are high dopamine triggers that are good for me. Maybe some to aid my in development affiliate marketing website
It is up to me to get out of my comfort zone and meet some real people, However I would appreciate advice on how to my addictive tendencies to my own benifit, maybe a game that i can look forward to but after max 1 hour, i get bored but excited for tommorow and doesnt harm my well being
I am 16 btw
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CASE STUDY: Transitioning my niche site to ecommerce using Shopify

Disclaimer: My site is very small and I don't purport this to be a gamechanger for, well, anyone. I just wanted to share something that is seeming to work well for me.
I started my niche site in 2018 -- it is focused around a particular type of vehicle that has a hobbyist following. Initially the site was monetized through a combination of Google Adsense and the Amazon Associates program. At some point, I started trying to diversify the income as much as possible. For me, this meant adding the eBay Partner Network for some items and applying for Ezoic as soon as I met the requirements.
I also experimented with some small affiliate programs but didn't have much success -- I had to get very creative to find them as most of the stores I really wanted to refer sales for did not offer an affiliate program. I reached out to them multiple times seeing if there was something we could arrange. I even offered to just sell display ads to them, but no dice. The result was signing up for a couple small affiliate programs with low commissions and low sales volume proructs. This frustration was the start of my desire to curate my own store of products I genuinely want to sell.

Shopify and subdomaining
I use Shopify to host my online store. I am a software engineer by profession so I generally don't consider ease-of-use and setup to be the most important factors when choosing software -- I just want whatever is the most effective. There are other options like WooCommerce that I have heard great things about.
However, for me, Shopify is almost magically easy to use and offers everything I have needed or wanted so far. Following Warren Buffet's advice to "buy what you like" I actually bought as much stock in the company as I could after using it for a month. Everything just works exactly how I expect it to. I have never struggled to find any answers or documentation about anything. The support is phenomenal.
It's just a great product -- to me I think they could be a bigger company then Amazon in a few years because it allows anyone to create to sell online and maintain a lot of control, something retailers lose with Amazon. I signed up for the Shopify affiliate program because I want to refer people to it, not to refer people to it. I helped my cousin set one up for his beef jerky business and it took 20 minutes before he was online and it has been a gamechanger. The small independent grocery store across the street from me is surviving (probably thriving) through COVID-19 because they allow online orders through Shopify and window pickup. But most importantly, it's great to get the little notification when you make a sale, especially when the margins are so much higher than affiliate, but I'll get to that later.
For me, I used a shop.mydomain.com subdomain for my Shopify site. It's great because there are no conflicts with your Wordpress site and it's a very clean looking link. Shopify has some documentation on this if you would like to try it.

Profit Margins
Selling items yourself is great mainly because you get to choose and experiment with your profit margins. Want to experiment with razor-thin margins because you know your visitors will shop around a lot? Try it. Want to raise the price so any one sale is $80 in profit but you don't have to pack and ship as much? Might work, try it! Between Google Analytics and Shopify's analytics stats, you can measure anything you need to.
Here's a concrete example of one item from my site. I sell a particular type of spark plug that is used on a vehicle that my site is partly focused on. This is an item I have sold/referred in one way or another since the beginning of my site in 2018:
This is a small item that is extremely easy to buy in bulk and pack/ship quickly.
I actually averaged more clicks to this item when the destination was Amazon, so my conversion rate actually went up when I moved away from Amazon. I charge a few dollars more than Amazon and many other online retailers for this item. I could probably do some experimenting to find the optimal price/sales ratio, but I think those numbers speak for themselves.
One of my early fears was that the trust people have for Amazon and their affinity towards Prime is hard to challenge, but my opinion is that the trust you gain by writing well-researched, meaningful articles and being an active participant in the niche you serve makes people want to support you.

Dropshipping
Dropshipping has negative connotations because of the bastardized "buy cheap small items from overseas and make 4000% profit while the user doesn't know that the item wont arrive for 2 months" format that is shown by YouTube influencers and the like. However, dropshipping is simply collecting a sale yourself while having an underlying price agreement with a supplier who will pack and ship the item for you. The first item I sold through my Shopify store I actually sold on a dropshipping basis.
This was a line of products within the $200-300 price range, and I also sold these through the Amazon Associates program before. It was nice to make $10-17 for one sale, but I felt like I should be making more. I called the company that produces this item and asked to buy 3 or 4 to sell myself, but he suggested dropshipping instead which I was interested in as these items are rather large. I agreed to buy the items for around $160-200 and now I profit around $60 per sale -- the only effort required on my end is sending an email (gave them a card to have on file) and adding the tracking number to Shopify when it is available. The credit card points are nice too!
One other thing about this that I think is important -- It's really nice to have personal relationships that this kind of business offers. The guy that answered the phone was the owner of the small business and he's the nicest guy, great to deal with and it feels good to get him some sales, especially during a crisis like this. I actually met up with him at an industry event and we talked for a long time. He's an older guy and at some point I want to get him setup with a better online presence especially as he sells a lot of other products over the phone that I can't necessarily refer in my niche, but could definitely benefit from a real online store and web presence. I am building similar relationships with other suppliers and personally I love it.

Item Selection
If you go the route of stocking and shipping items yourself, the scope of products you can monetize through your site broadens drastically. For me, there was always a certain type of item that I wanted to sell, but I could never find a good version of this item on Amazon or anywhere that offered an affiliate program. This was actually one of the retailers I reached out to asking for an affiliate program to no avail. Then I asked for a dropshipping agreement -- the answer was still no. However, it's a lot easier when you ask to buy 50x of one item. They processed my distributor account in a day and had my items to me by the end of the week. It is now my best selling item!

Shipping Logistics and Tools
One of the things that I think could be a dealbreaker for people is something I personally really enjoy -- stocking, packing, and shipping items. My inventory is small enough to fit in a walk-in closet in my apartment. I love the process of getting the Shopfiy "ca-ching" notification, packing the order, and dropping it off at the mailbox. Here are some tools I have used to make this process more efficient:
Here is part of my dedicated "ship-station" where I manage my store and print labels/packing slips.
https://i.imgur.com/TdRfvEK.jpg
I would probably wait to receive the items you're selling before selecting the packaging you're going to use. That way you can take exact measurements and consider alternative sizes/types of packages. One of my items is a collection of smaller items. I throw away the box that my supplier ships it in, and put it in a bag that goes inside my small mailer box. I use a particular size of bubble wrap which was also specifically chosen to protect the item, while also taking up all of the surrounding space. It's much easier to make all of these choices when you have the item in front of you.
Here's the previously mentioned item (spark plugs) in the box I chose (bubble wrap not shown!) There is no wasted space when it is packed.
https://i.imgur.com/IXgTxm0.jpg
For me, I use USPS for nearly all of my orders. It's usually the cheapest option and very fast for the size of item I have. I live in an apartment complex and I can just drop my packages in the mailroom and they get picked up daily. Shopify will show you all of the available shipping options with speed and price. For international orders, it's only a few dollars more, and I think it goes from USPS and gets picked up by DHL.

Item Presentation
Another benefit of this approach is that you have infinitely more opportunity to make a good impression on your customers which is huge if your items are the kind that might be reordered, or if the customer may be interested in other items you sell. For me, item presentation is also important because as I said, I am operating out of a spare closet in my apartment, so I want to look as professional as possible.
Here are some ways you can do this:

Advertising
I have not yet started experimenting with any form of ads. All of my sales thus far have been the result of organic traffic from the content on my website funneled through to my store. This month I am going to experiment with Facebook and Google Ads. Obviously this may not work but if there is a decent enough margin after the increased customer acquisition cost I will continue. I will report these results later!

Legality and Relationship to Affiliate Marketing
Keeping in mind that we in this business typically operate as affiliates, the golden rule is to make sure you are recommending the absolute best products to your site visitors. Thinking back to the Casper mattress affiliate drama, there should be research and thought behind your recommendations. Selling the items yourself does complicate this. I have used all of the items I sell on my store. When I moved my links over from Amazon, I kept the notes indicating that I have used the item, but I also added a link to an explanation of my store.
I think it ends up being an extra vote of confidence when I explain to users: I have tried the items I sell and think they are the best in their category. I used to sell these items as an affiliate and would receive a commission, but I believe in them strongly enough that I now stock and sell them myself. I am not the only one who sells them and you can certainly buy from others if you find a better price/shipping speed.
I'll restate what I said before because I think it is extremely illuminating: My conversion rates went up when I moved items from Amazon to my own store!
The bottom line is that you need to be explicit about these things to be safe and honest. I think my niche works particularly well for this as people are looking for a.) What exact version of the item do I need? and b.) How do I use it? I know many niche sites are focused around "Top 10 X" type content and this may become a lot more difficult within the honesty/legality context. Something to think about.
As a final note, I still operate this as a sole proprietorship. Eventually I want to get an LLC for it. I have been upfront about this with all of my suppliers and none of them have required this for a distributor agreement.

My Stats
Here are my income sources over time. I apologize for the colors used in the line charts of individual sources, I could not figure out how to configure those.
https://i.imgur.com/bkeK6PJ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/8ES9cG5.jpg
As you can see, my site is very small. However, the relationship between the decline these past few months in display advertising revenue (Ezoic literally sent an email saying to expect lower rates) and the Amazon Associates rate cut charted against my growing Shopify revenue really opened my eyes to the benefit I gained from diversifying towards ecommerce/Shopify. I still keep the older sources of revenue, but I actually think I will consider eliminating them in the future, especially display ads. Diversification is necessary when the revenue source lacks control -- Amazon Associates can slash rates willy-nilly, eBay Partner Network can apparently just decide to not pay me for a large sale I made, who even knows what these display ad networks are actually getting paid for our clicks or if every click is considered, etc.
Selling the items yourself gives you a lot more responsibility, but a lot more control. One of the primary reasons I'm so excited about this is that my inventory is still VERY small. I am working to add new items and it's wonderful because even if I only sell a few, the profit margins make it so much easier to spend the time to create the content and stock/ship the item -- a luxury I never had with Amazon.
Please feel free to ask any questions! I'd love to help if I can.
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Amazon just slashed affiliate commissions by more than one-half (from 8% to 3%) for many categories. Just a friendly reminder that basing your business completely around a third party site like Ebay or Amazon can lead to a quick change in circumstances.

For those who don't know what affiliate sales are - Basically Amazon will pay a bounty for each person you send there who buys something. This is why when you search "best swimsuit 2020" you get a website that will provide a nice list, maybe some reviews, and a link to where you can buy it.
Many commissions were around 8% and have now dropped to 3% with no warning. Literally overnight many sites had their earning potential cut by almost two-thirds.
What does that have to do with flipping? It shows that Ebay or Amazon could completely pull the rug out from under you by changing a fee structure, payout rate, whatever. The takeaway is that you'll never really know what's around the corner when you rely on a third party for your income.
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/r/Scams Common Scam Master Post

Hello visitors and subscribers of scams! Here you will find a master list of common (and uncommon) scams that you may encounter online or in real life. Thank you to the many contributors who helped create this thread!

If you know of a scam that is not covered here, write a comment and it will be added to the next edition.

Previous threads: https://old.reddit.com/Scams/search?q=common+scams+master+post&restrict_sr=on
Blackmail email scam thread: https://old.reddit.com/Scams/comments/g8jqnthe_blackmail_email_scam_part_5//
Some of these articles are from small, local publications and refer to the scam happening in a specific area. Do not think that this means that the scam won't happen in your area.

Spoofing

Caller ID spoofing
It is very easy for anyone to make a phone call while having any number show up on the caller ID of the person receiving the phone call. Receiving a phone call from a certain number does not mean that the person/company who owns that number has actually called you.
Email spoofing
The "from" field of an email can be set by the sender, meaning that you can receive scam emails that look like they are from legitimate addresses. It's important to never click links in emails unless absolutely necessary, for example a password reset link you requested or an account activation link for an account you created.
SMS spoofing
SMS messages can be spoofed, so be wary of messages that seem to be from your friends or other trusted people.

The most common scams

The fake check scam (Credit to nimble2 for this part)
The fake check scam arises from many different situations (for instance, you applied for a job, or you are selling something on a place like Craigslist, or someone wants to purchase goods or services from your business, or you were offered a job as a mystery shopper, you were asked to wrap your car with an advertisement, or you received a check in the mail for no reason), but the bottom line is always something like this:
General fraudulent funds scams If somebody is asking you to accept and send out money as a favour or as part of a job, it is a fraudulent funds scam. It does not matter how they pay you, any payment on any service can be fraudulent and will be reversed when it is discovered to be fraudulent.
Phone verification code scams Someone will ask you to receive a verification text and then tell you to give them the code. Usually the code will come from Google Voice, or from Craigslist. In the Google version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Google Voice account that the scammer will use to scam people with. In the Craigslist version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Craigslist posting that the scammer will use to scam people. There is also an account takeover version of this scam that will involve the scammer sending a password reset token to your phone number and asking you for it.
Bitcoin job scams
Bitcoin job scams involve some sort of fraudulent funds transfer, usually a fake check although a fraudulent bank transfer can be used as well. The scammer will send you the fraudulent money and ask you to purchase bitcoins. This is a scam, and you will have zero recourse after you send the scammer bitcoins.
Email flooding
If you suddenly receive hundreds or thousands of spam emails, usually subscription confirmations, it's very likely that one of your online accounts has been taken over and is being used fraudulently. You should check any of your accounts that has a credit card linked to it, preferably from a computer other than the one you normally use. You should change all of your passwords to unique passwords and you should start using two factor authentication everywhere.
Boss/CEO scam A scammer will impersonate your boss or someone who works at your company and will ask you to run an errand for them, which will usually be purchasing gift cards and sending them the code. Once the scammer has the code, you have no recourse.
Employment certification scams
You will receive a job offer that is dependent on you completing a course or receiving a certification from a company the scammer tells you about. The scammer operates both websites and the job does not exist.
Craigslist fake payment scams
Scammers will ask you about your item that you have listed for sale on a site like Craigslist, and will ask to pay you via Paypal. They are scamming you, and the payment in most cases does not actually exist, the email you received was sent by the scammers. In cases where you have received a payment, the scammer can dispute the payment or the payment may be entirely fraudulent. The scammer will then either try to get you to send money to them using the fake funds that they did not send to you, or will ask you to ship the item, usually to a re-shipping facility or a parcel mule.
General fraudulent funds scams The fake check scam is not the only scam that involves accepting fraudulent/fake funds and purchasing items for scammers. If your job or opportunity involves accepting money and then using that money, it is almost certainly a frauduent funds scam. Even if the payment is through a bank transfer, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Interac e-Transfer, etc, it does not matter.
Credit card debt scam
Fraudsters will offer to pay off your bills, and will do so with fraudulent funds. Sometimes it will be your credit card bill, but it can be any bill that can be paid online. Once they pay it off, they will ask you to send them money or purchase items for them. The fraudulent transaction will be reversed in the future and you will never be able to keep the money. This scam happens on sites like Craigslist, Twitter, Instagram, and also some dating sites, including SeekingArrangement.
The parcel mule scam
A scammer will contact you with a job opportunity that involves accepting and reshipping packages. The packages are either stolen or fraudulently obtained items, and you will not be paid by the scammer. Here is a news article about a scam victim who fell for this scam and reshipped over 20 packages containing fraudulently acquired goods.
The Skype sex scam
You're on Facebook and you get a friend request from a cute girl you've never met. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. She'll ask you to send pictures or videos or get on webcam where she can see you naked with your face in the picture. The scam: There's no girl. You've sent nudes to a guy pretending to be a girl. As soon as he has the pictures he'll demand money and threaten to send the pictures to your friends and family. Sometimes the scammer will upload the video to a porn site or Youtube to show that they are serious.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: You cannot buy silence, you can only rent it. Paying the blackmailer will show them that the information they have is valuable and they will come after you for more money. Let your friends and family know that you were scammed and tell them to ignore friend requests or messages from people they don't know. Also, make sure your privacy settings are locked down and consider deactivating your account.
The underage girl scam
You're on a dating site or app and you get contacted by a cute girl. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. Eventually she stops communicating and you get a call from a pissed off guy claiming to be the girl's father, or a police officer, or a private investigator, or something else along those lines. Turns out the girl you were sexting is underage, and her parents want some money for various reasons, such as to pay for a new phone, to pay for therapy, etc. There is, of course, no girl. You were communicating with a scammer.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: Stop picking up the phone when the scammers call. Do not pay them, or they will be after you for more money.
Phishing
Phishing is when a scammer tries to trick you into giving information to them, such as your password or private financial information. Phishing messages will usually look very similar to official messages, and sometimes they are identical. If you are ever required to login to a different account in order to use a service, you should be incredibly cautious.
The blackmail email scam The exact wording of the emails varies, but there are generally four main parts. They claim to have placed software/malware on a porn/adult video site, they claim to have a video of you masturbating or watching porn, they threaten to release the video to your friends/family/loved ones/boss/dog, and they demand that you pay them in order for them to delete the video. Rest assured that this is a very common spam campaign and there is no truth behind the email or the threats. Here are some news articles about this scam.
The blackmail mail scam
This is very similar to the blackmail email scam, but you will receive a letter in the mail.
Rental scams Usually on local sites like Craigslist, scammers will steal photos from legitimate real estate listings and will list them for rent at or below market rate. They will generally be hesitant to tell you the address of the property for "safety reasons" and you will not be able to see the unit. They will then ask you to pay them a deposit and they claim they will ship you the keys. In reality, your money is gone and you will have no recourse.
Craigslist vehicle scams A scammer will list a vehicle on Craigslist and will offer to ship you the car. In many cases they will also falsely claim to sell you the car through eBay or Amazon. If you are looking for a car on Craigslist and the seller says anything about shipping the car, having an agent, gives you a long story about why they are selling the car, or the listing price is far too low, you are talking to a scammer and you should ignore and move on.
Advance-fee scam, also known as the 419 scam, or the Nigerian prince scam. You will receive a communication from someone who claims that you are entitled to a large sum of money, or you can help them obtain a large sum of money. However, they will need money from you before you receive the large sum.
Man in the middle scams
Man in the middle scams are very common and very hard to detect. The scammer will impersonate a company or person you are legitimately doing business with, and they will ask you to send the money to one of their own bank accounts or one controlled by a money mule. They have gained access to the legitimate persons email address, so there will be nothing suspicious about the email. To prevent this, make contact in a different way that lets you verify that the person you are talking to is the person you think you are talking to.
Cam girl voting/viewer scam
You will encounter a "cam girl" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to go to their site and sign up with your credit card. They may offer a free show, or ask you to vote for them, or any number of other fake stories.
Amateur porn recruitment scam
You will encounter a "pornstar" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to create an adult film with hehim, but first you need to do something. The story here is usually something to do with verifying your age, or you needing to take an STD test that involves sending money to a site operated by the scammer.
Hot girl SMS spam
You receive a text from a random number with a message along the lines of "Hey babe I'm here in town again if you wanted to meet up this time, are you around?" accompanied by a NSFW picture of a hot girl. It's spam, and they'll direct you to their scam website that requires a credit card.
Identity verification scam
You will encounter someone on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask that you verify your identity as they are worried about catfishing. The scammer operates the site, and you are not talking to whoever you think you are talking to.
This type of scam teases you with something, then tries to make you sign up for something else that costs money. The company involved is often innocent, but they turn a blind eye to the practice as it helps their bottom line, even if they have to occasionally issue refunds. A common variation takes place on dating sites/dating apps, where you will match with someone who claims to be a camgirl who wants you to sign up for a site and vote for her. Another variation takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where the scammers setup fake rental scams and demand that you go through a specific service for a credit check. Once you go through with it, the scammer will stop talking to you. Another variation also takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where scammers will contact you while you are selling a car and will ask you to purchase a Carfax-like report from a specific website.
Multi Level Marketing or Affiliate Marketing
You apply for a vague job listing for 'sales' on craigslist. Or maybe an old friend from high school adds you on Facebook and says they have an amazing business opportunity for you. Or maybe the well dressed guy who's always interviewing people in the Starbucks that you work at asks if you really want to be slinging coffee the rest of your life. The scam: MLMs are little more than pyramid schemes. They involve buying some sort of product (usually snake oil health products like body wraps or supplements) and shilling them to your friends and family. They claim that the really money is recruiting people underneath you who give you a slice of whatever they sell. And if those people underneath you recruit more people, you get a piece of their sales. Ideally if you big enough pyramid underneath you the money will roll in without any work on your part. Failure to see any profit will be your fault for not "wanting it enough." The companies will claim that you need to buy their extra training modules or webinars to really start selling. But in reality, the vast majority of people who buy into a MLM won't see a cent. At the end of the day all you'll be doing is annoying your friends and family with your constant recruitment efforts. What to look out for: Recruiters love to be vague. They won't tell you the name of the company or what exactly the job will entail. They'll pump you up with promises of "self-generating income", "being your own boss", and "owning your own company." They might ask you to read books about success and entrepreneurs. They're hoping you buy into the dream first. If you get approached via social media, check their timelines. MLMs will often instruct their victims to pretend that they've already made it. They'll constantly post about how they're hustling and making the big bucks and linking to youtube videos about success. Again, all very vague about what their job actually entails. If you think you're being recruited: Ask them what exactly the job is. If they can't answer its probably a MLM. Just walk away.

Phone scams

You should generally avoid answering or engaging with random phone calls. Picking up and engaging with a scam call tells the scammers that your phone number is active, and will usually lead to more calls.
Tax Call
You get a call from somebody claiming to be from your countries tax agency. They say you have unpaid taxes that need to be paid immediately, and you may be arrested or have other legal action taken against you if it is not paid. This scam has caused the American IRS, Canadian CRA, British HMRC, and Australian Tax Office to issue warnings. This scam happens in a wide variety of countries all over the world.
Warrant Call
Very similar to the tax call. You'll get a phone call from an "agent", "officer", "sheriff", or other law enforcement officer claiming that there is a warrant out for your arrest and you will be arrested very soon. They will then offer to settle everything for a fee, usually paid in giftcards.
[Legal Documents/Process Server Calls]
Very similar to the warrant call. You'll get a phone call from a scammer claiming that they are going to serve you legal documents, and they will threaten you with legal consequences if you refuse to comply. They may call themselves "investigators", and will sometimes give you a fake case number.
Student Loan Forgiveness Scam
Scammers will call you and tell you about a student loan forgiveness program, but they are interested in obtaining private information about you or demanding money in order to join the fake program.
Tech Support Call You receive a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming to be a technician Microsoft or your ISP. They inform you that your PC has a virus and your online banking and other accounts may be compromised if the virus is not removed. They'll have you type in commands and view diagnostics on your PC which shows proof of the virus. Then they'll have you install remote support software so the technician can work on your PC, remove the virus, and install security software. The cost of the labor and software can be hundreds of dollars. The scam: There's no virus. The technician isn't a technician and does not work for Microsoft or your ISP. Scammers (primarily out of India) use autodialers to cold-call everyone in the US. Any file they point out to you or command they have you run is completely benign. The software they sell you is either freeware or ineffective. What to do you if you're involved with this scam: If the scammers are remotely on your computer as you read this, turn off your PC or laptop via the power button immediately, and then if possible unplug your internet connection. Some of the more vindictive tech scammers have been known to create boot passwords on your computer if they think you've become wise to them and aren't going to pay up. Hang up on the scammers, block the number, and ignore any threats about payment. Performing a system restore on your PC is usually all that is required to remove the scammer's common remote access software. Reports of identity theft from fake tech calls are uncommon, but it would still be a good idea to change your passwords for online banking and monitor your accounts for any possible fraud. How to avoid: Ignore any calls claiming that your PC has a virus. Microsoft will never contact you. If you're unsure if a call claiming to be from your ISP is legit, hang up, and then dial the customer support number listed on a recent bill. If you have elderly relatives or family that isn't tech savvy, take the time to fill them in on this scam.
Chinese government scam
This scam is aimed at Chinese people living in Europe and North America, and involves a voicemail from someone claiming to be associated with the Chinese government, usually through the Chinese consulate/embassy, who is threatening legal action or making general threats.
Chinese shipping scam
This scam is similar to the Chinese government scam, but involves a seized/suspicious package, and the scammers will connect the victim to other scammers posing as Chinese government investigators.
Social security suspension scam
You will receive a call from someone claiming to work for the government regarding suspicious activity, fraud, or serious crimes connected to your social security number. You'll be asked to speak to an operator and the operator will explain the steps you need to follow in order to fix the problems. It's all a scam, and will lead to you losing money and could lead to identity theft if you give them private financial information.
Utilities cutoff
You get a call from someone who claims that they are from your utility company, and they claim that your utilities will be shut off unless you immediately pay. The scammer will usually ask for payment via gift cards, although they may ask for payment in other ways, such as Western Union or bitcoin.
Relative in custody Scammer claims to be the police, and they have your son/daughtenephew/estranged twin in custody. You need to post bail (for some reason in iTunes gift cards or MoneyGram) immediately or the consequences will never be the same.
Mexican family scam
This scam comes in many different flavours, but always involves someone in your family and Mexico. Sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been detained, sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been kidnapped, and sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member is injured and needs help.
General family scams
Scammers will gather a large amount of information about you and target your family members using different stories with the goal of gettimg them to send money.
One ring scam
Scammers will call you from an international number with the goal of getting you to return their call, causing you to incur expensive calling fees.

Online shopping scams

THE GOLDEN RULE OF ONLINE SHOPPING: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Dropshipping
An ad on reddit or social media sites like Facebook and Instagram offers items at huge discounts or even free (sometimes requiring you to reblog or like their page). They just ask you to pay shipping. The scam: The item will turn out to be very low quality and will take weeks or even months to arrive. Sometimes the item never arrives, and the store disappears or stops responding. The seller drop-ships the item from China. The item may only cost a few dollars, and the Chinese government actually pays for the shipping. You end up paying $10-$15 dollars for a $4 item, with the scammer keeping the profit. If you find one of these scams but really have your heart set on the item, you can find it on AliExpress or another Chinese retailer.
Influencer scams
A user will reach out to you on a social media platform, usually Instagram, and offer you the chance to partner with them and receive a free/discounted product, as long as you pay shipping. This is a different version of the dropshipping scam, and is just a marketing technique to get you to buy their products.
Triangulation fraud
Triangulation fraud occurs when you make a purchase on a site like Amazon or eBay for an item at a lower than market price, and receive an item that was clearly purchased new at full price. The scammer uses a stolen credit card to order your item, while the money from the listing is almost all profit for the scammer.
Instagram influencer scams
Someone will message you on Instagram asking you to promote their products, and offering you a discount code. The items are Chinese junk, and the offer is made to many people at a time.
Cheap Items
Many websites pop up and offer expensive products, including electronics, clothes, watches, sunglasses, and shoes at very low prices. The scam: Some sites are selling cheap knock-offs. Some will just take your money and run. What to do if you think you're involved with this scam: Contact your bank or credit card and dispute the charge. How to avoid: The sites often have every brand-name shoe or fashion item (Air Jordan, Yeezy, Gucci, etc) in stock and often at a discounted price. The site will claim to be an outlet for a major brand or even a specific line or item. The site will have images at the bottom claiming to be Secured by Norton or various official payment processors but not actual links. The site will have poor grammar and a mish-mash of categories. Recently, established websites will get hacked or their domain name jacked and turned into scam stores, meaning the domain name of the store will be completely unrelated to the items they're selling. If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Nobody is offering brand new iPhones or Beats or Nintendo Switches for 75% off.
Cheap Amazon 3rd Party Items
You're on Amazon or maybe just Googling for an item and you see it for an unbelievable price from a third-party seller. You know Amazon has your back so you order it. The scam: One of three things usually happen: 1) The seller marks the items as shipped and sends a fake tracking number. Amazon releases the funds to the seller, and the seller disappears. Amazon ultimately refunds your money. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to re-order the item directly from their website, usually with the guarantee that the order is still protected by Amazon. The seller takes your money and runs. Amazon informs you that they do not offer protection on items sold outside of Amazon and cannot help you. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to instead send payment via an unused Amazon gift card by sending the code on the back via email. Once the seller uses the code, the money on the card is gone and cannot be refunded. How to avoid: These scammers can be identified by looking at their Amazon storefronts. They'll be brand new sellers offering a wide range of items at unbelievable prices. Usually their Amazon names will be gibberish, or a variation on FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME. Occasionally however, established storefronts will be hacked. If the deal is too good to be true its most likely a scam.
Scams on eBay
There are scams on eBay targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who privately message you regarding the order, especially if they ask you to ship to a different address or ask to negotiate via text/email/a messaging service. As a buyer you should look out for new accounts selling in-demand items, established accounts selling in-demand items that they have no previous connection to (you can check their feedback history for a general idea of what they bought/sold in the past), and lookout for people who ask you to go off eBay and use another service to complete the transaction. In many cases you will receive a fake tracking number and your money will be help up for up to a month.
Scams on Amazon
There are scams on Amazon targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who message you about a listing. As a buyer you should look out for listings that have an email address for you to contact the person to complete the transaction, and you should look out for cheap listings of in-demand items.
Scams on Reddit
Reddit accounts are frequently purchased and sold by fraudsters who wish to use the high karma count + the age of the account to scam people on buy/sell subreddits. You need to take precautions and be safe whenever you are making a transaction online.
Computer scams
Virus scam
A popup or other ad will say that you have a virus and you need to follow their advice in order to remove it. They are lying, and either want you to install malware or pay for their software.

Assorted scams

Chinese Brushing / direct shipping
If you have ever received an unsolicited small package from China, your address was used to brush. Vendors place fake orders for their own products and send out the orders so that they can increase their ratings.
Money flipping
Scammer claims to be a banking insider who can double/triple/bazoople any amount of money you send them, with no consequences of any kind. Obviously, the money disappears into their wallet the moment you send it.

Door to door scams

As a general rule, you should not engage with door to door salesmen. If you are interested in the product they are selling, check online first.
Selling Magazines
Someone or a group will come to your door and offer to sell a magazine subscription. Often the subscriptions are not for the duration or price you were told, and the magazines will often have tough or impossible cancellation policies.
Energy sales
Somebody will come to your door claiming to be from an energy company. They will ask to see your current energy bill so that they can see how much you pay. They will then offer you a discount if you sign up with them, and promise to handle everything with your old provider. Some of these scammers will "slam" you, by using your account number that they saw on your bill to switch you to their service without authorization, and some will scam you by charging higher prices than the ones you agreed on.
Security system scams
Scammers will come to your door and ask about your security system, and offer to sell you a new one. These scammers are either selling you overpriced low quality products, or are casing your home for a future burglary.
They ask to enter your home
While trying to sell you whatever, they suddenly need to use your bathroom, or they've been writing against the wall and ask to use your table instead. Or maybe they just moved into the neighborhood and want to see how you decorate for ideas.
They're scoping out you and your place. They want to see what valuables you have, how gullible you are, if you have a security system or dogs, etc.

Street scams

Begging With a Purpose
"I just need a few more dollars for the bus," at the bus station, or "I just need $5 to get some gas," at a gas station. There's also a variation where you will be presented with a reward: "I just need money for a cab to get uptown, but I'll give you sports tickets/money/a date/a priceless vase."
Three Card Monte, Also Known As The Shell Game
Unbeatable. The people you see winning are in on the scam.
Drop and Break
You bump into someone and they drop their phone/glasses/fancy bottle of wine/priceless vase and demand you pay them back. In reality, it's a $2 pair of reading glasses/bottle of three-buck-chuck/tasteful but affordable vase.
CD Sales
You're handed a free CD so you can check out the artist's music. They then ask for your name and immediately write it on the CD. Once they've signed your name, they ask you for money, saying they can't give it to someone else now. Often they use dry erase markers, or cheap CD sleeves. Never use any type of storage device given to you by a random person, as the device can contain malware.
White Van Speaker Scam
You're approached and offered speakers/leather jackets/other luxury goods at a discount. The scammer will have an excuse as to why the price is so low. After you buy them, you'll discover that they are worthless.
iPhone Street Sale
You're approached and shown an iPhone for sale, coming in the box, but it's open and you can see the phone. If you buy the phone, you'll get an iPhone box with no iPhone, just some stones or cheap metal in it to weigh it down.
Buddhist Monk Pendant
A monk in traditional garb approaches you, hands you a gold trinket, and asks for a donation. He holds either a notebook with names and amounts of donation (usually everyone else has donated $5+), or a leaflet with generic info. This is fairly common in NYC, and these guys get aggressive quickly.
Friendship Bracelet Scam More common in western Europe, you're approached by someone selling bracelets. They quickly wrap a loop of fabric around your finger and pull it tight, starting to quickly weave a bracelet. The only way to (easily) get it off your hand is to pay. Leftover sales
This scam involves many different items, but the idea is usually the same: you are approached by someone who claims to have a large amount of excess inventory and offers to sell it to you at a great price. The scammer actually has low quality items and will lie to you about the price/origin of the items.
Dent repair scams
Scammers will approach you in public about a dent in your car and offer to fix it for a low price. Often they will claim that they are mechanics. They will not fix the dent in your car, but they will apply large amounts of wax or other substances to hide the dent while they claim that the substance requires time to harden.
Gold ring/jewelry/valuable item scam
A scammer will "find" a gold ring or other valuable item and offers to sell it to you. The item is fake and you will never see the scammer again.
Distraction theft
One person will approach you and distract you, while their accomplice picks your pockets. The distraction can take many forms, but if you are a tourist and are approached in public, watch closely for people getting close to you.

General resources

Site to report scams in the United Kingdom: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Site to report scams in the United States: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Site to report scams in Canada: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
Site to report scams in Europe: https://www.europol.europa.eu/report-a-crime/report-cybercrime-online
FTC scam alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
Microsoft's anti-scam guide: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds
https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes
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How To Buy Perfume Cheap - by a professional shopper

My full-time job involves constantly shopping especially online. Due to the nature of the business, getting even a slightly better deals is very important. The profits are tied to the purchases, so by getting best deals, lower costs and higher profits can be achieved at a scale.
I also thought this is an uncommon but very useful topic, so I am sharing this hoping that you'll find the tips useful.
Feel free to point out if you have any (even a slightly) better deals/advice, or let me know if there's anything inaccurate. All challenges/suggestions are accepted!
TIP 10: Credit Card Cashback (up to 5%)
When possible, always pay using credit cards that offer cashback. There are credit cards deals that deliver up to 5% cashback on every purchase, putting money directly back in your pocket. (Chase Freedom rotates 5% category. Category of "department stores", where many perfumes can be bought from, usually appears on the 4th quarter)
Debit cards deduct purchases from your bank accounts directly so they offer less protection plus little or no cash back.
One of the recommended card options is: Citi double cash. It offers up to 2% cashback – 1% on spending plus 1% on paying.
I always make sure to earn at least 2% cashback. Most credit card deals and tricks can be found on churning.
TIP 9: Always Check Rebate Sites (0.5%-2%)
A rebate site, or a cashback site, is a type of reward-based website that pays its members a percentage of the money earned via purchases.
Most of the time, you can earn extra when buying from fragrance discounters such as FragranceNet. They used to offer nicer percentages, which were as high as 5-10%. Now there's only about 1% from FragranceNet or FragranceX. Also it usually takes months from the time of purchase to actually getting paid from those sites. But I still make sure I get those deals.
TIP 8: Use Gift Cards (save up to 20%!)
I believe that this is probably the most missed-out/underused tips on the list.
There are merchants like Raise.com that specializes in selling discounted merchant gift cards (GCs). Depends on timing, GCs from popular department stores can be listed with discounts from 5% off to 15% off.
Department stores might not be the cheapest places to shop for perfumes, but many fragrances are hard to find else where. I can't find the MFK 8-Piece Discovery Collection that I bought in this case selling else where.
Department stores also provide different deals and/or member saving programs from time to time.
Sephora and Ulta are also two of the the merchants whose GCs are also listed on great discounts (4% and 10% off as of now).
\Risk of TIP 8*
One of the risks involved in using this trick is that GCs are usually used by scammers/credit card thieves as a way to cash out, so larger face-value or multiple GCs used in a short period of time can trigger manual reviews for further verifications, order cancellations, or even an account-ban.
I was once stuck with $900 worth of GCs that I cannot spend . The face value was about $1,000 (close to 10% off). I'll either have to visit a physical store (they don't have one within my state) or let them go to waste.
TIP 7: Avoid Fakes If you are not an experienced shopper or not too familiar with perfumes, I suggest you to stay away from un-official dealers/sellers. That includes discount websites that you are not familiar with, market places such as eBay where everyone can list their items for sale, as well as products from big e-commerce platforms but sold from 3rd-party-sellers.
You would rather not getting the best deal and get familiar about perfumes first than being ripped off.
TIP 6: Buy Perfume Decants
You do indeed get more perfume juices for less money on larger sized bottles than decants, but there’s a downside to sizing up. A large bottle takes a long time to spritz through, you might not benefit from the full potential of your purchase.
This reddit post shows how a 100 ml bottle should last more than a year even if spraying daily.
TIP 5: Buy Perfume Testers (up to 50%)
Perfumes testers that can be bought are actually NOT perfumes that have been tested by other people. Testers are actually brand-new, legitimate, and original perfumes but just without original packaging or a cap. If packaging isn't a big issue and if you can accept missing bottle caps, buying testers can help you save a lot in the long run.
TIP 4: Search for Coupon Codes
I always search for coupon codes before placing an order. RetailMeNot is a website that I use most often. Based on my experience, they always offer a working 37% off code from FragranceNet (instead of 25% from flyers coming with their packages, or 30% and 35% versions that are not as good).
\TIP# 4 and TIP# 9 combination*
MrRebates is usually one of the most generous rebates websites that allows double-dipping: so you get deals with promo codes AND earn cash backs within a single transaction.
TIP 3: Buy from Perfume Discounters (up to 60%)
There are legitimate “gray market” perfume distributors selling perfumes at great discounts. This also triggers concerns that if these websites are legitimate or not.
FragranceNet and Fragrance X are two trustworthy perfume discounters that you should checkout. Here’s some supporting information:
Bottom line: you should by from theses websites if you are interested in buying cheap
\More supporting sources:* Gentscent: ARE FRAGRANCE DISCOUNTERS LEGIT? Smelling Great: Online Fragrance Discounters Legit?
TIP 2: Wholesale Perfumes (40%)
By wholesale distributors, I am referring to stores like Costco.
I have bought a brand-new bottle of Creed Aventus 3.38 oz for $249.99 while the same-sized bottle retails for $435. (that's a 42% off!) One major shortfall is that Costco rotates and renews listings often. So they don’t always supply the same stock and offer the same products.
As of right now, they do not have Aventus available but there are still many perfumes from Creed with significant lower prices, including Green Irish Tweed and Silver Mountain Water, both for $179.99 in 3.3 oz.
The business model here is different from grey market. You purchase via legitimate "wholesale channels". In order to enjoy the deals, there are costs of a Costco membership and additional membership rules to follow. (although we know that sometimes the terms from Costco can be way better, such as its super generous return policies)
TIP 1: Buy Tax-Free
Tax-free purchases can save you up to 9% from state sales tax. This can be achieved by purchasing perfumes from duty free stores.
There are also forwarders like Opas located in Oregon or Delaware that result in guaranteed 0% sales tax for every single order. If you are not based in the US, there is absolute no reason to pay sales tax. As they are typically designed for the government to collect money based on sales or uses in a specific state.

Actual Shopping Case: quadruple-dipping

Let’s walk through this real buying case to explain how using multiple strategies work together:
Item: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Wardrobe 8-Piece Discovery Collection from Sak’s Fifth Avenue Standard Retail Price: $306.24 = $275.00 + $7.50 shipping + $23.74 tax Actual Out-of-pocket: $232.44
Total Savings: $73.80 – that’s 25% off! Here's the breakdown of costs:
Many online stores are offering sales, most likely compensating losses of physical store revenues due to social distancing and shut-downs. But these tips should still be valid. Do you have any tricks that is not listed here? I am eager to know!
*Article with detailed screenshots/photos can be found here. (disclaimer: post is not sponsored by any merchants but contains affiliate links)
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I frequently crave some sort of addiction as I have nothing going for me in my life right now

I took a walk today and towards the end I started to think about why I feel so down and depressed and how i felt better while being addicted to something. I just crave that feeling of looking forward to something when I wake up and when I come back home.
I have been addicted to different minor things incuding different sorts of video games, making tiktok in hope of them going viral, trading cards to get a rare card (online and offline) and getting sales on ebay, social apps.
All of these things got me exited to wake up in the morning and go about my daily tasks, - Checking my phone to see if I went viral, or a message form a cute girl, or a cool videogame notification. Now I feel like shit most of the time. I can usually be distracted and happy around people and girls which happens really rarely but Iv never had good friends or a girlfriend.
Does anyone else experience these problems regardless of how their life is going? I feel like my brain has been wired to only get pleasure from addictions due to my prolonged lack of friends or a gf but i feel socializing around people I want to be around could help it. Does anyone have a realistic solution for this. Perhaps there are high dopamine triggers that are good for me. Maybe some to aid my in development affiliate marketing website
It is up to me to get out of my comfort zone and meet some real people, However I would appreciate advice on how to my addictive tendencies to my own benifit, maybe a game that i can look forward to but after max 1 hour, i get bored but excited for tommorow and doesnt harm my well being
I am 16 btw
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HOW TO EARN MONEY ONLINE

If you don’t have an online business then this is the perfect time to think about it. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people are looking for ways to earn money online. As someone once said, the best way to retire early is to have a business that would earn you money even while you are asleep.
These are our top 7 recommendations to earn money online in 2020.

1. BLOGGING

Blogging has been one of the most common and effective ways to earn money online. Find your niche and start writing. Food, personal finance, health, and beauty are some of the most searched blogs in 2020. Research the trending topics on the internet. SEMrush, Ahref, and Ubbersuggest are few good resources for keyword planning and selecting the topics to write.
You can create your own blogging website in less than a day using WordPress, Wix, or other such platforms. Use GoDaddy or Namecheap to get your domain name and hosting server. If you are new to website building then their customer service team could help you with the installation.
Once you are ready with your blogging website then you can start ads on your website. GoogleAdsense is the most popular platform to earn money online with a blogging website.

2. AFFILIATE MARKETING

Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable sources of online income. In this, you partner with few brands or businesses to drive traffic to their website that will result in a purchase within a specific time period. To drive more purchase driven clicks, you may want to partner with products that are related to your blogging website.
Amazon Associates is one of the most famous affiliates marketing platforms. With Amazon Associates, you could earn up to 10% of the qualifying product sale. ShareASale is another platform catering to a lot of vendors. Shopify, Rakuten, and eBay Partners are a few other options worth exploring.

3. SELL PHOTOS ONLINE

Instagram and Facebook are two famous platforms where people share their pictures almost every day. Only a few know that there are other good platforms where you can get paid for submitting high-quality images. Getty Images, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock are some of the high paying platforms where earnings could depend on the number of downloads.
You can earn up to 33% commission whenever someone purchases your content. So next time when you click a picture with your DSLR, check if you can qualify to be a contributor on these platforms and earn money online.

4. BECOME AN AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR

With the fast-paced life and the growing digitization, people are unable to find enough time to read books. Nowadays people prefer to listen to audiobooks while driving or before sleep with eyes closed. The increasing popularity of Audible supports this statement.
If you think you have a good voice then try connecting with Audible or other audiobook creators. There are multiple tutorials on creating your home recording setup. Typically, you would require a good voice-over microphone and recording software (Garageband is a free MacBook software). This may not be the easiest option to earn money online but this side-hustle may lead you to some fame in the long run.

5. YOUTUBE

Not sure how the founder of YouTube came with this idea but this platform provided job and fame to thousands of hidden talented people across the globe. As there are already so many people who have been making YouTube videos for more than 10 years so you may think you are late to the party. However, if you think you can record good content and stay consistent for almost a year then it’s worth going this route.
YouTube requires your channel to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of views in the last 365 days before you could start monetizing. Patience and persistence must be your best friends if you are planning to earn money online on YouTube.
According to a few YouTubers, you could earn from $70,000 to $500,000 per year if you have 500,000 subscribers and 300,000 views per video and you are making one video every two weeks on average. Since YouTube keeps changing it’s monetizing policy so think thoroughly before changing YouTube from a side-hustle to a full-time job.

6. ONLINE COURSES

If you have a skill that you think can benefit others then consider setting up an online course. Although YouTube is a great platform, there could be other comparatively easier ways to earn money online. Udemy, Kajabi, Teachable, and ClickFunnels are few great platforms for turning your passion into a profession. You could create subscription-based teaching courses.

7. PEER-TO-PEER LENDING

This is not so popular but could be a great source of passive income. There are many platforms where you could lend money to other people and earn fees and interest on the loan. Keep in mind, a lot of scammers could be waiting to get your money so make sure you do thorough research before lending money. It’s equally important to check that the platform is legal in your country. LendingClub, UpStart, and Peerform are a few platforms that you may want to explore. Make sure to consult with your financial and tax advisor before investing here.
Let us know if you know of any other easy way to earn money online.
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To Fix Duping, Exploiting and Hacking, Motivating Factors Must Be Addressed

We’re all well aware of the exploits that have been running rampant in Fallout 76 over the last week. They’ve led to server crashes, massive lag and really just poor experiences for everyone. It’s easy to look at this situation and say that Bethesda just needs to be better at fixing things and spotting potential exploits. That’s certainly true, but what’s also true, is that people who are motivated to do these things will always find a way.
If we want to see a reduction in this kind of activity, the root causes and motivating factors must be addressed. Ultimately, the biggest driver of this exploitation in Fallout 76 has to be real money trading. There are entire Facebook and Discord groups dedicated to it and multiple websites that facilitate it. As long as there is money to be made from this kind of activity, people will seek it out. Banning them will be useless, because they’ll just keep coming back with new accounts. No one is going to bat an eye at spending a few bucks to get a new account that they’ll use to generate thousands of dollars.
While the average player who might consider duping an item for a friend will be afraid of getting banned, or might not feel right about ruining everyone’s experience by crashing an entire server, those concerns are much less relevant to someone with financial motivations. They might not love doing it, but that’s not going to stop them and their networks of people from mass-exploiting the game. There’s too much money riding on it.
Stop the real money trading, and you’ll dramatically reduce exploitation. So, how does that happen? It seems like the Wild West when it comes to this stuff, with Bethesda having done little to nothing to stop it in the past—which is insane when you consider that they’re competing with these people for player dollars.
First, you have to eliminate the demand. It’s no secret that the RNG system in Fallout 76 is a cruel mistress. I understand that the point of it is to keep players coming back, to keep them grinding for that next thing. The problem is that a significant number of players are clearly not doing that. If these real money traders are making all this money, it’s because people are buying their ill-gotten loot. They’re buying it because the odds against getting what you want are astronomical. It’s time to rebalance and cull the undesirable items from the Legendary pool, add in granular options at the Purveyor so players can grind toward items they’re sure to get, and increase drop rates for rare items. It’s ok for things to be rare, but fractional percentage chances at a drop are an invitation to this sort of thing.
All of those things motivate players to simply buy their items online--from people who exploit the game--instead of grinding for yet another chance at acquiring them. If you fix those problems, players won’t spend money on RMT’s, they’ll just play the game. More importantly for Bethesda, it’ll leave more money in their pockets for them to spend on the Atomic Shop and Fallout 1st.
Second, you (Bethesda) have to get tough on these people. There are websites all over the place selling Fallout 76 items. They use in game imagery and logos that are certainly not licensed. Hit them for it! They have no right to any of these things and they’re taking money out of your pocket. Increase their cost of doing business with mountains of legal trouble. You’ll see them drop like flies.
eBay. eBay will continue to allow the sale of in-game items as long as Bethesda permits it. If the T&C’s state that all in game items are the property of Bethesda—which I believe they do—then Bethesda should be able to approach eBay and inform them that these items are a copyright violation. That will lead to takedowns. Other developers have done this and it seems to at least make it difficult to sell those in-game items via eBay. This needs to happen, and if the language in the T&C’s isn’t strong enough, update it.
There are YouTubers out there who are sponsored by these companies (or may be affiliated with them themselves). More than one actively publishes instructional videos on how to exploit the game. That’s not okay and it leads to the kind of widespread nonsense we’re seeing right now. They’re taking money out of your pocket and ruining your product. They show in game footage in these videos, and using it in this manner certainly violates the T&C’s (and likely YouTube’s own policies) therefore, they have no license to do so. Issue takedown notices. Hit them where it hurts. This doesn’t mean go after critical personalities or creators who are simply covering news around the issues—just the people who are actively publishing exploits, particularly if they’re profiting from them.
A combination of reducing demand for RMT’s and making it difficult to engage in the business will reduce the incidents of exploitation. The game will be better off for it, players will be happier, and with Wastelanders just over the horizon, it’s time to get serious about it.
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Ways You Can Work From Home Online

Three different ways to start out or expand your home based business on the internet.
Working from home is something a lot of people would love to do and spend lots of time trying to find the perfect way to do it with the least hassle possible. More and more people are discovering they can work from home and finding the right at-home business that works for them. Part time and full time income vary on how much time you spend with her your business, and for the first few months it will be slow going. For this reason, it is probably smart to keep your current job until the ball gets rolling with your home business enough to replace your other job. So what types of home based businesses can you do?
Surveys: This is a popular form to get a decent income online. You sign up at a site that will send you surveys for market research, let you be in focus groups, and even let you try a product for free so that you can give feedback to the company trying to perfect it for a wide release or inthe hope you'll do business with them later. Phone surveys are common from these companies as well, so be prepared to get a few calls and answer some surveys over the phone. High paying surveys are not always available and a lot of your income will depend on the need for the survey at any given time as well as if you fit the target demographic the company is looking for.
eBay: Or any other popular online auction site like Yahoo's auctions, ubid.com, and onsale.com. It is well known people make very comfortable incomes doing online auctions full time. Finding what to sell is very important and even the perfect product is subject to swings in the publics mind of what's valuable. There are many tools to find what is popular and selling like crazy on eBay. And once you discover what you want to sell there's companies to buy from to resell on eBay. Often, to avoid having pallets and boxes of product at their home, some marketers will use a Dropshipping company to deliver the product to the winning bidder. Having the inventory at home and using a dropshipper have their advantages and disatvantages, but it will depend a lot on what you chose to sell. Using eBay could be an entire article in itself, so let's move on as otehr articles will delve into this more than I will in this article.
Affiliate Marketing: This is big business in the internet world. All it really is is selling someone else's product and you make a commission on every sale. Some popular websites that use affiliates to sell are Clickbank and Commission Junction. You can be an affiliate to sell virtually anything on the internet. Sizable incomes are made using this approach alone. The most effective way to do this is to have your own website, then send you visiters to the affiliate's main page to finish the sale. If you are very good at Adwords, you can do this without having a website at all. Adwords can be very expensive to the inexperienced and is NOT recommended if you are starting out.
This should set you in a good direction if you are looking to work at home. There are more ways than this to have a home based internet business and the more you research what you want to do the more ways you'll find you can make money online. Don't give up if it doesn't start happening imediately. Rome wasn't built in a day, these things take time. http://forexmarket.site/news-66-network-marketing-why.html
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Work At Home Business Ideas

Here are some excellent businesses that you can start, operate and grow from your home. All these work at home businesses have the following desirable features:
*Low Startup Costs *Ease of Entry *High Income Potential *Home Based and Operated *Worldwide Sales Potential *Residual, Recurring and/or Passive Income Potential
  1. Consulting
A consultant is someone expert in a field who, for a fee, advises businesses or individuals on various matters of concern.
Many times we tend to feel that our knowledge, skills or abilities are nothing unique. However, many lack those same assets and would gladly pay us for our knowledge and services.
Although it is possible to make a living from consulting with individuals, the big money is in performing services for businesses.
Do you have knowledge of bookkeeping, accounting, tax or similar business matters? Some have made excellent money specializing in small business consulting.
Are you a computer hobbyist with business or internet experience? You could make money in web design, internet marketing, search engine optimization, or some other specialty.
Some lawyers have combined their legal experience with their love of the Internet and specialized in intellectual property and computer law.
  1. Finding
A finder is someone who, for a fee, finds something needed by a business or individual. A finder`s fee is the amount paid to the finder for locating what was required.
Finder`s fees are paid for finding money (loans, equipment leasing, et cetera), equipment (mining, construction, et cetera), personnel, companies for sale, locations (fast food franchises, vending machines, et cetera) and just about anything else that people are willing to pay for.
Simply match sellers with buyers and you can earn finder`s fees.
  1. Auctions
An auction is an event where items are sold to the highest bidders. An internet auction, online auction or e-auction is an auction where you can buy and sell items on the Internet.
Many thousands now make their living or fortune from selling products and services on eBay and similar auction sites. So can you!
  1. Drop Shipping
Drop shipping is a method of selling products without stocking inventory yourself. When you make a sale you contact the manufacturer or authorized distributor who ships it to the customer with your invoice and shipping label. Advantages include no warehousing, shipping, or inventory costs.
  1. Affiliate Programs
An affiliate or associate program is a method of selling products on the internet through commission sales. When someone you refer to a website buys, the company you are an associate of (or affiliated with) pays you a commission.
In many cases, it is also possible to make money from the efforts of people that you introduce to the affiliate program. You can also expand your product line by joining and promoting more than one affiliate program.
  1. Webmastering
A webmaster is a an internet specialist reponsible for all aspects of web sites.
Areas where businesses need assistance include web site design, logo, banner or graphic design, web hosting, e-commerce, internet marketing, web programming, scripts, security, web site maintenance, copy writing, mailing list management, and many other areas.
  1. Self-publishing
A self-publisher creates, produces, and sells information products. Information products may be in the form of books, booklets, videos, audio cassettes, compact disks (CDs), electronic books, files, databases, private websites, and other media.
The information products that you create are unique. You have exclusive control and ownership of your own products.
  1. Instant Publishing
An instant publisher sells information products produced by someone else who grants them reprint (or resale) rights. Often self-publishers will sell such products to complement their own information products.
  1. International Trade
International trade involves importing and exporting. Importing involves buying goods and services from suppliers in another country. Exporting involves selling goods and services to customers in another country.
  1. Mail Order
Mail order is a method of conducting business through the mail. Goods and services can be sold through direct mail (and also via catalogues, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, web sites, and other media). Customers can order by mail or by other means (fax, telephone, internet, et cetera). Delivery of orders can be made by mail or alternative means (such as by courier for physical goods or by fax, e-mail, telephone, or electronic files for information). http://www.forexmarket.site/news-66-network-marketing-why.html
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E-Commerce Firesale Video Course

E-Commerce Firesale Video Course
E-Commerce Firesale Video Course

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E-Commerce Firesale Video Course

Part 1: Amazon 1. Why Be An Amazon Affiliate?
  1. How To Register For Amazon Affiliate Program
  2. How To Get Amazon Affiliate Approval
  3. How To Identify Bestsellers On Amazon
  4. Keywords Research (Google Adword, Google Trend)
  5. Your Amazon Affiliate Site Blueprint
  6. Ultimate Copy Formula For Your Website Post
  7. How To Get Traffic To Your Amazon Affiliate Site
  8. How To Optimize Your Landing Page
  9. How To Scale Your Amazon Affiliate Business

Part 2: eBay
  1. Why eBay?
  2. Setting Up Your eBay Store
  3. How To Identify Hot Selling Products?
  4. Essential eBay Vendor Tools
  5. How To Source Items?
  6. How To Sell On eBay?
  7. Shipping Logistics
  8. Price Point Strategy On eBay
  9. eBay Traffic Building Strategies
  10. How To Scale Your eBay Business

Part 3: Shopify

  1. Shopify At A Glance
  2. Getting Started With Shopify
  3. How To Set Up Your Shopify E-store
  4. How To Identify Hot Selling Products For Your Shopify Store
    1. Shopify Optimization
  5. Launching Your E-store
  6. How To Generate Traffic To Shopify
    1. How To Optimize Your Store
  7. Shopify Apps To Drive More Traffic
  8. How To Start Your Affiliate Program As A Vendor

Part 4: Starting Your E-Commerce Website

  1. Why You Should Start Your Own E-Commerce Business
  2. Social Media Content Strategy
  3. Targeting Your Traffic
  4. Using Live Chat Services
  5. How To Build Your E-Commerce Mailing List
  6. Building Up Your Affiliate Army
    1. Retargeting Marketing
  7. Logistics Outsourcing
  8. O To O (Online To Offline)
  9. Secrets To Boosts Your E-Commerce Sales


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Australian DIY Long Furby Supply Location Master List

Keep in mind that there is more than one way to build your boi or gorl. Some people don't use spines, some people use old rags for stuffing. Just have fun! I've done some thorough searching and here is where the standard supplies are currently available in Australia. I'll try and keep this post updated. Feel free to add new supply locations in the comments, and I'll update the list.
Furbies:
Whole Furby: Gumtree, facebook marketplace, op shops, ebay.com.au for your furbys. Furby Booms/Crystals can be found for less than $10aud much of the time. You probably aren't going to find any original furbies in Australia, (unless you are incredibly lucky) and if you do, they will be very expensive.
Faceplate: thingverse.com has the .stl file you need to 3d print a solid furby buddy faceplate. If you don't have a 3d printer, google search for locals who can print for you. Some librarys & unis offer this service.
Filling:
Polyester filling / stuffing: Spotlight, Lincraft, Big W. Amazon might be a good option if you have prime, otherwise shipping is expensive. Occasionally at discount stores in small quantities.
Pellets: Spotlight, occasionally discount stores.
Foam Fill: Spotlight
Fabric:
Spotlight seems to be your best bet. Wide range of faux furs, sequin fabrics, minky, flannel, and felt. Wait for a sale.
Lincraft occasionally has very low quality faux furs, but they are expensive. Occasionally have minky and seemingly always has felt. Different stores have different stock, and the website is useless. I recommend visiting the stores in person.
Call your local independent fabric stores for their stock. Probably more expensive though.
Amazon & Ebay can be tricky. You don't know where the fabric is coming from, and there are very few sellers with good feedback. Pictures are rarely accurate or helpful. Descriptions are often incorrect/outdated.
Etsy fabric is similar to ebay/amazon as the Australian listings seem to frequently be chinese sellers, and frequently have unhelpful or incorrect information/pictures. I recommend messaging any seller and asking questions before buying fabric from etsy.
Some US, Canadian, and UK sites will ship their fabrics internationally, but this can get expensive.
Try opshop clothing/linnens/pillows/toys for fabrics too, once they re-open. Make sure to wash your purchases before use.
Spine:
Plastic Armature Spines: Ebay seller “Porcelain Dolls By ME” sells the “snap proof” spines by the foot in several sizes. Contact her if you need a custom order. She is located in AU for reasonable shipping. Very friendly woman. OP is not affiliated.
Some US, Canadian, and UK sites will ship their plastic armature spines internationally, but this can get expensive.
Armature Wire: Sometimes *some* Spotlights have thick enough armature wire in stock near the clay. Never seems to be on the website.
Other:
Eyechips: OP is still searching
Feathers: Spotlight, Lincraft, Riot Art and Craft, Discount Stores, Ebay
Squeakers: Spotlight, Lincraft, Discount Stores, Ebay
Doll Glasses: Spotlight, Ebay
Letter Beads (for furby necklaces): Spotlight has a large selection of these in different shapes, sizes and colours.
Spine to baseplate adapter for 1998 furby: .stl found on thingverse.com as well.
Acrylic Spray Paints & Primers: Bunnings. Use a plastic-surface-specific primer. Many various prices/colours available. I would never order aerosol cans through the mail.
Glitters & Brush on Paints: Spotlight, Lincraft, Discount Stores, Big W, Kmart, Riot Art and Craft
Polymer clay: spotlight or 2wardspolymerclay.com.au (OP is not affliated) Careful when ordering ploymer clay online during summer months. It can arrive at your post box cooked in the heat.
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/r/Scams Common Scam Master Post

Hello visitors and subscribers of scams! Here you will find a master list of common (and uncommon) scams that you may encounter online or in real life. Thank you to the many contributors who helped create this thread!

If you know of a scam that is not covered here, write a comment and it will be added to the next edition.

Previous threads: https://old.reddit.com/Scams/search?q=common+scams+master+post&restrict_sr=on
Blackmail email scam thread: https://reddit.com/Scams/comments/dohaea/the_blackmail_email_scam_part_4/
Some of these articles are from small, local publications and refer to the scam happening in a specific area. Do not think that this means that the scam won't happen in your area.

Spoofing

Caller ID spoofing
It is very easy for anyone to make a phone call while having any number show up on the caller ID of the person receiving the phone call. Receiving a phone call from a certain number does not mean that the person/company who owns that number has actually called you.
Email spoofing
The "from" field of an email can be set by the sender, meaning that you can receive scam emails that look like they are from legitimate addresses. It's important to never click links in emails unless absolutely necessary, for example a password reset link you requested or an account activation link for an account you created.
SMS spoofing
SMS messages can be spoofed, so be wary of messages that seem to be from your friends or other trusted people.

The most common scams

The fake check scam (Credit to nimble2 for this part)
The fake check scam arises from many different situations (for instance, you applied for a job, or you are selling something on a place like Craigslist, or someone wants to purchase goods or services from your business, or you were offered a job as a mystery shopper, you were asked to wrap your car with an advertisement, or you received a check in the mail for no reason), but the bottom line is always something like this:
General fraudulent funds scams If somebody is asking you to accept and send out money as a favour or as part of a job, it is a fraudulent funds scam. It does not matter how they pay you, any payment on any service can be fraudulent and will be reversed when it is discovered to be fraudulent.
Phone verification code scams Someone will ask you to receive a verification text and then tell you to give them the code. Usually the code will come from Google Voice, or from Craigslist. In the Google version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Google Voice account that the scammer will use to scam people with. In the Craigslist version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Craigslist posting that the scammer will use to scam people. There is also an account takeover version of this scam that will involve the scammer sending a password reset token to your phone number and asking you for it.
Bitcoin job scams
Bitcoin job scams involve some sort of fraudulent funds transfer, usually a fake check although a fraudulent bank transfer can be used as well. The scammer will send you the fraudulent money and ask you to purchase bitcoins. This is a scam, and you will have zero recourse after you send the scammer bitcoins.
Email flooding
If you suddenly receive hundreds or thousands of spam emails, usually subscription confirmations, it's very likely that one of your online accounts has been taken over and is being used fraudulently. You should check any of your accounts that has a credit card linked to it, preferably from a computer other than the one you normally use. You should change all of your passwords to unique passwords and you should start using two factor authentication everywhere.
Boss/CEO scam A scammer will impersonate your boss or someone who works at your company and will ask you to run an errand for them, which will usually be purchasing gift cards and sending them the code. Once the scammer has the code, you have no recourse.
Employment certification scams
You will receive a job offer that is dependent on you completing a course or receiving a certification from a company the scammer tells you about. The scammer operates both websites and the job does not exist.
Craigslist fake payment scams
Scammers will ask you about your item that you have listed for sale on a site like Craigslist, and will ask to pay you via Paypal. They are scamming you, and the payment in most cases does not actually exist, the email you received was sent by the scammers. In cases where you have received a payment, the scammer can dispute the payment or the payment may be entirely fraudulent. The scammer will then either try to get you to send money to them using the fake funds that they did not send to you, or will ask you to ship the item, usually to a re-shipping facility or a parcel mule.
General fraudulent funds scams The fake check scam is not the only scam that involves accepting fraudulent/fake funds and purchasing items for scammers. If your job or opportunity involves accepting money and then using that money, it is almost certainly a frauduent funds scam. Even if the payment is through a bank transfer, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Interac e-Transfer, etc, it does not matter.
Credit card debt scam
Fraudsters will offer to pay off your bills, and will do so with fraudulent funds. Sometimes it will be your credit card bill, but it can be any bill that can be paid online. Once they pay it off, they will ask you to send them money or purchase items for them. The fraudulent transaction will be reversed in the future and you will never be able to keep the money. This scam happens on sites like Craigslist, Twitter, Instagram, and also some dating sites, including SeekingArrangement.
The parcel mule scam
A scammer will contact you with a job opportunity that involves accepting and reshipping packages. The packages are either stolen or fraudulently obtained items, and you will not be paid by the scammer. Here is a news article about a scam victim who fell for this scam and reshipped over 20 packages containing fraudulently acquired goods.
The Skype sex scam
You're on Facebook and you get a friend request from a cute girl you've never met. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. She'll ask you to send pictures or videos or get on webcam where she can see you naked with your face in the picture. The scam: There's no girl. You've sent nudes to a guy pretending to be a girl. As soon as he has the pictures he'll demand money and threaten to send the pictures to your friends and family. Sometimes the scammer will upload the video to a porn site or Youtube to show that they are serious.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: You cannot buy silence, you can only rent it. Paying the blackmailer will show them that the information they have is valuable and they will come after you for more money. Let your friends and family know that you were scammed and tell them to ignore friend requests or messages from people they don't know. Also, make sure your privacy settings are locked down and consider deactivating your account.
The underage girl scam
You're on a dating site or app and you get contacted by a cute girl. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. Eventually she stops communicating and you get a call from a pissed off guy claiming to be the girl's father, or a police officer, or a private investigator, or something else along those lines. Turns out the girl you were sexting is underage, and her parents want some money for various reasons, such as to pay for a new phone, to pay for therapy, etc. There is, of course, no girl. You were communicating with a scammer.
What to do if you are a victim of this scam: Stop picking up the phone when the scammers call. Do not pay them, or they will be after you for more money.
Phishing
Phishing is when a scammer tries to trick you into giving information to them, such as your password or private financial information. Phishing messages will usually look very similar to official messages, and sometimes they are identical. If you are ever required to login to a different account in order to use a service, you should be incredibly cautious.
The blackmail email scam The exact wording of the emails varies, but there are generally four main parts. They claim to have placed software/malware on a porn/adult video site, they claim to have a video of you masturbating or watching porn, they threaten to release the video to your friends/family/loved ones/boss/dog, and they demand that you pay them in order for them to delete the video. Rest assured that this is a very common spam campaign and there is no truth behind the email or the threats. Here are some news articles about this scam.
The blackmail mail scam
This is very similar to the blackmail email scam, but you will receive a letter in the mail.
Rental scams Usually on local sites like Craigslist, scammers will steal photos from legitimate real estate listings and will list them for rent at or below market rate. They will generally be hesitant to tell you the address of the property for "safety reasons" and you will not be able to see the unit. They will then ask you to pay them a deposit and they claim they will ship you the keys. In reality, your money is gone and you will have no recourse.
Craigslist vehicle scams A scammer will list a vehicle on Craigslist and will offer to ship you the car. In many cases they will also falsely claim to sell you the car through eBay or Amazon. If you are looking for a car on Craigslist and the seller says anything about shipping the car, having an agent, gives you a long story about why they are selling the car, or the listing price is far too low, you are talking to a scammer and you should ignore and move on.
Advance-fee scam, also known as the 419 scam, or the Nigerian prince scam. You will receive a communication from someone who claims that you are entitled to a large sum of money, or you can help them obtain a large sum of money. However, they will need money from you before you receive the large sum.
Man in the middle scams
Man in the middle scams are very common and very hard to detect. The scammer will impersonate a company or person you are legitimately doing business with, and they will ask you to send the money to one of their own bank accounts or one controlled by a money mule. They have gained access to the legitimate persons email address, so there will be nothing suspicious about the email. To prevent this, make contact in a different way that lets you verify that the person you are talking to is the person you think you are talking to.
Cam girl voting/viewer scam
You will encounter a "cam girl" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to go to their site and sign up with your credit card. They may offer a free show, or ask you to vote for them, or any number of other fake stories.
Amateur porn recruitment scam
You will encounter a "pornstar" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to create an adult film with hehim, but first you need to do something. The story here is usually something to do with verifying your age, or you needing to take an STD test that involves sending money to a site operated by the scammer.
Hot girl SMS spam
You receive a text from a random number with a message along the lines of "Hey babe I'm here in town again if you wanted to meet up this time, are you around?" accompanied by a NSFW picture of a hot girl. It's spam, and they'll direct you to their scam website that requires a credit card.
Identity verification scam
You will encounter someone on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask that you verify your identity as they are worried about catfishing. The scammer operates the site, and you are not talking to whoever you think you are talking to.
This type of scam teases you with something, then tries to make you sign up for something else that costs money. The company involved is often innocent, but they turn a blind eye to the practice as it helps their bottom line, even if they have to occasionally issue refunds. A common variation takes place on dating sites/dating apps, where you will match with someone who claims to be a camgirl who wants you to sign up for a site and vote for her. Another variation takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where the scammers setup fake rental scams and demand that you go through a specific service for a credit check. Once you go through with it, the scammer will stop talking to you. Another variation also takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where scammers will contact you while you are selling a car and will ask you to purchase a Carfax-like report from a specific website.
Multi Level Marketing or Affiliate Marketing
You apply for a vague job listing for 'sales' on craigslist. Or maybe an old friend from high school adds you on Facebook and says they have an amazing business opportunity for you. Or maybe the well dressed guy who's always interviewing people in the Starbucks that you work at asks if you really want to be slinging coffee the rest of your life. The scam: MLMs are little more than pyramid schemes. They involve buying some sort of product (usually snake oil health products like body wraps or supplements) and shilling them to your friends and family. They claim that the really money is recruiting people underneath you who give you a slice of whatever they sell. And if those people underneath you recruit more people, you get a piece of their sales. Ideally if you big enough pyramid underneath you the money will roll in without any work on your part. Failure to see any profit will be your fault for not "wanting it enough." The companies will claim that you need to buy their extra training modules or webinars to really start selling. But in reality, the vast majority of people who buy into a MLM won't see a cent. At the end of the day all you'll be doing is annoying your friends and family with your constant recruitment efforts. What to look out for: Recruiters love to be vague. They won't tell you the name of the company or what exactly the job will entail. They'll pump you up with promises of "self-generating income", "being your own boss", and "owning your own company." They might ask you to read books about success and entrepreneurs. They're hoping you buy into the dream first. If you get approached via social media, check their timelines. MLMs will often instruct their victims to pretend that they've already made it. They'll constantly post about how they're hustling and making the big bucks and linking to youtube videos about success. Again, all very vague about what their job actually entails. If you think you're being recruited: Ask them what exactly the job is. If they can't answer its probably a MLM. Just walk away.

Phone scams

You should generally avoid answering or engaging with random phone calls. Picking up and engaging with a scam call tells the scammers that your phone number is active, and will usually lead to more calls.
Tax Call
You get a call from somebody claiming to be from your countries tax agency. They say you have unpaid taxes that need to be paid immediately, and you may be arrested or have other legal action taken against you if it is not paid. This scam has caused the American IRS, Canadian CRA, British HMRC, and Australian Tax Office to issue warnings. This scam happens in a wide variety of countries all over the world.
Warrant Call
Very similar to the tax call. You'll get a phone call from an "agent", "officer", "sheriff", or other law enforcement officer claiming that there is a warrant out for your arrest and you will be arrested very soon. They will then offer to settle everything for a fee, usually paid in giftcards.
[Legal Documents/Process Server Calls]
Very similar to the warrant call. You'll get a phone call from a scammer claiming that they are going to serve you legal documents, and they will threaten you with legal consequences if you refuse to comply. They may call themselves "investigators", and will sometimes give you a fake case number.
Student Loan Forgiveness Scam
Scammers will call you and tell you about a student loan forgiveness program, but they are interested in obtaining private information about you or demanding money in order to join the fake program.
Tech Support Call You receive a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming to be a technician Microsoft or your ISP. They inform you that your PC has a virus and your online banking and other accounts may be compromised if the virus is not removed. They'll have you type in commands and view diagnostics on your PC which shows proof of the virus. Then they'll have you install remote support software so the technician can work on your PC, remove the virus, and install security software. The cost of the labor and software can be hundreds of dollars. The scam: There's no virus. The technician isn't a technician and does not work for Microsoft or your ISP. Scammers (primarily out of India) use autodialers to cold-call everyone in the US. Any file they point out to you or command they have you run is completely benign. The software they sell you is either freeware or ineffective. What to do you if you're involved with this scam: If the scammers are remotely on your computer as you read this, turn off your PC or laptop via the power button immediately, and then if possible unplug your internet connection. Some of the more vindictive tech scammers have been known to create boot passwords on your computer if they think you've become wise to them and aren't going to pay up. Hang up on the scammers, block the number, and ignore any threats about payment. Performing a system restore on your PC is usually all that is required to remove the scammer's common remote access software. Reports of identity theft from fake tech calls are uncommon, but it would still be a good idea to change your passwords for online banking and monitor your accounts for any possible fraud. How to avoid: Ignore any calls claiming that your PC has a virus. Microsoft will never contact you. If you're unsure if a call claiming to be from your ISP is legit, hang up, and then dial the customer support number listed on a recent bill. If you have elderly relatives or family that isn't tech savvy, take the time to fill them in on this scam.
Chinese government scam
This scam is aimed at Chinese people living in Europe and North America, and involves a voicemail from someone claiming to be associated with the Chinese government, usually through the Chinese consulate/embassy, who is threatening legal action or making general threats.
Chinese shipping scam
This scam is similar to the Chinese government scam, but involves a seized/suspicious package, and the scammers will connect the victim to other scammers posing as Chinese government investigators.
Social security suspension scam
You will receive a call from someone claiming to work for the government regarding suspicious activity, fraud, or serious crimes connected to your social security number. You'll be asked to speak to an operator and the operator will explain the steps you need to follow in order to fix the problems. It's all a scam, and will lead to you losing money and could lead to identity theft if you give them private financial information.
Utilities cutoff
You get a call from someone who claims that they are from your utility company, and they claim that your utilities will be shut off unless you immediately pay. The scammer will usually ask for payment via gift cards, although they may ask for payment in other ways, such as Western Union or bitcoin.
Relative in custody Scammer claims to be the police, and they have your son/daughtenephew/estranged twin in custody. You need to post bail (for some reason in iTunes gift cards or MoneyGram) immediately or the consequences will never be the same.
Mexican family scam
This scam comes in many different flavours, but always involves someone in your family and Mexico. Sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been detained, sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been kidnapped, and sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member is injured and needs help.
General family scams
Scammers will gather a large amount of information about you and target your family members using different stories with the goal of gettimg them to send money.
One ring scam
Scammers will call you from an international number with the goal of getting you to return their call, causing you to incur expensive calling fees.

Online shopping scams

THE GOLDEN RULE OF ONLINE SHOPPING: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Dropshipping
An ad on reddit or social media sites like Facebook and Instagram offers items at huge discounts or even free (sometimes requiring you to reblog or like their page). They just ask you to pay shipping. The scam: The item will turn out to be very low quality and will take weeks or even months to arrive. Sometimes the item never arrives, and the store disappears or stops responding. The seller drop-ships the item from China. The item may only cost a few dollars, and the Chinese government actually pays for the shipping. You end up paying $10-$15 dollars for a $4 item, with the scammer keeping the profit. If you find one of these scams but really have your heart set on the item, you can find it on AliExpress or another Chinese retailer.
Influencer scams
A user will reach out to you on a social media platform, usually Instagram, and offer you the chance to partner with them and receive a free/discounted product, as long as you pay shipping. This is a different version of the dropshipping scam, and is just a marketing technique to get you to buy their products.
Triangulation fraud
Triangulation fraud occurs when you make a purchase on a site like Amazon or eBay for an item at a lower than market price, and receive an item that was clearly purchased new at full price. The scammer uses a stolen credit card to order your item, while the money from the listing is almost all profit for the scammer.
Instagram influencer scams
Someone will message you on Instagram asking you to promote their products, and offering you a discount code. The items are Chinese junk, and the offer is made to many people at a time.
Cheap Items
Many websites pop up and offer expensive products, including electronics, clothes, watches, sunglasses, and shoes at very low prices. The scam: Some sites are selling cheap knock-offs. Some will just take your money and run. What to do if you think you're involved with this scam: Contact your bank or credit card and dispute the charge. How to avoid: The sites often have every brand-name shoe or fashion item (Air Jordan, Yeezy, Gucci, etc) in stock and often at a discounted price. The site will claim to be an outlet for a major brand or even a specific line or item. The site will have images at the bottom claiming to be Secured by Norton or various official payment processors but not actual links. The site will have poor grammar and a mish-mash of categories. Recently, established websites will get hacked or their domain name jacked and turned into scam stores, meaning the domain name of the store will be completely unrelated to the items they're selling. If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Nobody is offering brand new iPhones or Beats or Nintendo Switches for 75% off.
Cheap Amazon 3rd Party Items
You're on Amazon or maybe just Googling for an item and you see it for an unbelievable price from a third-party seller. You know Amazon has your back so you order it. The scam: One of three things usually happen: 1) The seller marks the items as shipped and sends a fake tracking number. Amazon releases the funds to the seller, and the seller disappears. Amazon ultimately refunds your money. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to re-order the item directly from their website, usually with the guarantee that the order is still protected by Amazon. The seller takes your money and runs. Amazon informs you that they do not offer protection on items sold outside of Amazon and cannot help you. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to instead send payment via an unused Amazon gift card by sending the code on the back via email. Once the seller uses the code, the money on the card is gone and cannot be refunded. How to avoid: These scammers can be identified by looking at their Amazon storefronts. They'll be brand new sellers offering a wide range of items at unbelievable prices. Usually their Amazon names will be gibberish, or a variation on FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME. Occasionally however, established storefronts will be hacked. If the deal is too good to be true its most likely a scam.
Scams on eBay
There are scams on eBay targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who privately message you regarding the order, especially if they ask you to ship to a different address or ask to negotiate via text/email/a messaging service. As a buyer you should look out for new accounts selling in-demand items, established accounts selling in-demand items that they have no previous connection to (you can check their feedback history for a general idea of what they bought/sold in the past), and lookout for people who ask you to go off eBay and use another service to complete the transaction. In many cases you will receive a fake tracking number and your money will be help up for up to a month.
Scams on Amazon
There are scams on Amazon targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who message you about a listing. As a buyer you should look out for listings that have an email address for you to contact the person to complete the transaction, and you should look out for cheap listings of in-demand items.
Scams on Reddit
Reddit accounts are frequently purchased and sold by fraudsters who wish to use the high karma count + the age of the account to scam people on buy/sell subreddits. You need to take precautions and be safe whenever you are making a transaction online.
Computer scams
Virus scam
A popup or other ad will say that you have a virus and you need to follow their advice in order to remove it. They are lying, and either want you to install malware or pay for their software.

Assorted scams

Chinese Brushing / direct shipping
If you have ever received an unsolicited small package from China, your address was used to brush. Vendors place fake orders for their own products and send out the orders so that they can increase their ratings.
Money flipping
Scammer claims to be a banking insider who can double/triple/bazoople any amount of money you send them, with no consequences of any kind. Obviously, the money disappears into their wallet the moment you send it.

Door to door scams

As a general rule, you should not engage with door to door salesmen. If you are interested in the product they are selling, check online first.
Selling Magazines
Someone or a group will come to your door and offer to sell a magazine subscription. Often the subscriptions are not for the duration or price you were told, and the magazines will often have tough or impossible cancellation policies.
Energy sales
Somebody will come to your door claiming to be from an energy company. They will ask to see your current energy bill so that they can see how much you pay. They will then offer you a discount if you sign up with them, and promise to handle everything with your old provider. Some of these scammers will "slam" you, by using your account number that they saw on your bill to switch you to their service without authorization, and some will scam you by charging higher prices than the ones you agreed on.
Security system scams
Scammers will come to your door and ask about your security system, and offer to sell you a new one. These scammers are either selling you overpriced low quality products, or are casing your home for a future burglary.
They ask to enter your home
While trying to sell you whatever, they suddenly need to use your bathroom, or they've been writing against the wall and ask to use your table instead. Or maybe they just moved into the neighborhood and want to see how you decorate for ideas.
They're scoping out you and your place. They want to see what valuables you have, how gullible you are, if you have a security system or dogs, etc.

Street scams

Begging With a Purpose
"I just need a few more dollars for the bus," at the bus station, or "I just need $5 to get some gas," at a gas station. There's also a variation where you will be presented with a reward: "I just need money for a cab to get uptown, but I'll give you sports tickets/money/a date/a priceless vase."
Three Card Monte, Also Known As The Shell Game
Unbeatable. The people you see winning are in on the scam.
Drop and Break
You bump into someone and they drop their phone/glasses/fancy bottle of wine/priceless vase and demand you pay them back. In reality, it's a $2 pair of reading glasses/bottle of three-buck-chuck/tasteful but affordable vase.
CD Sales
You're handed a free CD so you can check out the artist's music. They then ask for your name and immediately write it on the CD. Once they've signed your name, they ask you for money, saying they can't give it to someone else now. Often they use dry erase markers, or cheap CD sleeves. Never use any type of storage device given to you by a random person, as the device can contain malware.
White Van Speaker Scam
You're approached and offered speakers/leather jackets/other luxury goods at a discount. The scammer will have an excuse as to why the price is so low. After you buy them, you'll discover that they are worthless.
iPhone Street Sale
You're approached and shown an iPhone for sale, coming in the box, but it's open and you can see the phone. If you buy the phone, you'll get an iPhone box with no iPhone, just some stones or cheap metal in it to weigh it down.
Buddhist Monk Pendant
A monk in traditional garb approaches you, hands you a gold trinket, and asks for a donation. He holds either a notebook with names and amounts of donation (usually everyone else has donated $5+), or a leaflet with generic info. This is fairly common in NYC, and these guys get aggressive quickly.
Friendship Bracelet Scam More common in western Europe, you're approached by someone selling bracelets. They quickly wrap a loop of fabric around your finger and pull it tight, starting to quickly weave a bracelet. The only way to (easily) get it off your hand is to pay. Leftover sales
This scam involves many different items, but the idea is usually the same: you are approached by someone who claims to have a large amount of excess inventory and offers to sell it to you at a great price. The scammer actually has low quality items and will lie to you about the price/origin of the items.
Dent repair scams
Scammers will approach you in public about a dent in your car and offer to fix it for a low price. Often they will claim that they are mechanics. They will not fix the dent in your car, but they will apply large amounts of wax or other substances to hide the dent while they claim that the substance requires time to harden.
Gold ring/jewelry/valuable item scam
A scammer will "find" a gold ring or other valuable item and offers to sell it to you. The item is fake and you will never see the scammer again.
Distraction theft
One person will approach you and distract you, while their accomplice picks your pockets. The distraction can take many forms, but if you are a tourist and are approached in public, watch closely for people getting close to you.

General resources

Site to report scams in the United Kingdom: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Site to report scams in the United States: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Site to report scams in Canada: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
Site to report scams in Europe: https://www.europol.europa.eu/report-a-crime/report-cybercrime-online
FTC scam alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
Microsoft's anti-scam guide: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds
https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes
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Reddit is compromised and they allowed it. They take the money

#Government Shills

- [The Guardian: British army creates team of Facebook warriors](http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/31/british-army-facebook-warriors-77th-brigade)

- [The Guardian: US military studied how to influence Twitter [and Reddit] users in Darpa-funded research [2014]](http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/08/darpa-social-networks-research-twitter-influence-studies)

- [The Guardian: The Ministry of Defence is developing a secret, multimillion-pound research programme into the future of cyberwarfare, including how emerging technologies such as social media and psychological techniques can be harnessed by the military to influence people's beliefs. [2014]](https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/ma16/mod-secret-cyberwarfare-programme)

- [Vice: Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs](http://motherboard.vice.com/read/your-government-wants-to-militarize-social-media-to-influence-your-beliefs)

- [NY Times: The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in “covert propaganda” and violated federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the public to back an Obama administration rule intended to better protect the nation’s streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded.](https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/us/politics/epa-broke-the-law-by-using-social-media-to-push-water-rule-auditor-finds.html)

- [CBC News- Canadian government monitors online forums](http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bureaucrats-monitor-online-forums-1.906351)

- [Slate on 2018 midterms interference: "Project Lakhta was a Russian influence campaign that had no particular ideological bent; it appears that the goal was simply to stir up conflict in online political debates by putting forth extreme arguments and inflammatory misinformation to incense both liberals and conservatives."](https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/what-we-know-about-the-russian-woman-whom-the-u-s-just-charged-for-meddling-in-the-midterms.html)

- [NY Times: The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz (Cambridge Analytica)](https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/the-secret-agenda-of-a-facebook-quiz.html)

- [NY Times- From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities.](http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?_r=1)

- [Washington Post: Facebook says it sold political ads to Russian company during 2016 election ](https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/facebook-says-it-sold-political-ads-to-russian-company-during-2016-election/2017/09/06/32f01fd2-931e-11e7-89fa-bb822a46da5b_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.53932fce0e4c)

- [New York Times: "Hundreds of people work at a so-called troll farm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to smother the voices of dissidents like Mr. Khashoggi."](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/us/politics/saudi-image-campaign-twitter.html)

- [CNN: Facebook announces first takedown of influence campaign with ties to Saudi government](https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/01/tech/facebook-saudi-arabia-pages-removed/index.html)

- [The Nation: US Officials Won’t Say if a New Anti–Russian Propaganda Project (shilling on social media) Is Targeting Americans. The newly created Global Engagement Center’s “focus and intent” is foreign audiences, but officials won’t rule out propagandizing Americans and funding American journalists.](https://www.thenation.com/article/us-officials-wont-say-if-a-new-anti-russia-propaganda-project-is-targeting-americans/)

- [Ex -MMA fighter and ex-police officer exposes corrupt police practices, which includes infiltrating Reddit communities and becoming moderators in order to manipulate and censor information.](https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/6jn27s/ex_mma_fighter_and_expolice_officer_exposes/)

- [Times of Israel: Israeli government paying bilingual students to spread propaganda online primarily to international communities without having to identify themselves as working for the government. "The [student] union will operate computer rooms for the project...it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country."](http://www.timesofisrael.com/pmo-stealthily-recruiting-students-for-online-advocacy/)

- [The Intercept: Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies." TigerSwan attempted a counterinformation campaign by creating and distributing content critical of the protests on social media.](https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-firms-counterterrorism-tactics-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/)

- [WashingtonPost: Obama pick for NSA review panel wanted paid, pro-government shills in chat rooms](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2013/08/23/obama-pick-for-nsa-review-panel-wanted-paid-pro-government-shills-in-chat-rooms/) (Thread with [source paper.](https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/4d3l3s/government_agents_and_their_allies_might_ente))

- [Psy Group developed elaborate information operations for commercial clients and political candidates around the world, which included infiltrating target audiences with elaborately crafted social-media personas. The CEO of PSY Group was former commander of an Israeli psychological warfare unit. Tactics deployed by PSY Group in foreign elections included inflaming divisions in opposition groups and playing on deep-seated cultural and ethnic conflicts, something the firm called “poisoning the well." It has conducted messaging/influence operations in well over a dozen languages and dialects and employs an elite group of high-ranking former officers from some of the world’s most renowned intelligence units.](http://archive.is/BBblQ)

- [Wired: Clinton Staff and Volunteers Busted for Astroturfing [in 2007]](http://www.wired.com/2007/12/clinton-staff-a/)

- [Vice: Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement](https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mb88za/amazon-requires-police-to-shill-surveillance-cameras-in-secret-agreement)

- [The Intercept: The Rise of the Net Center. How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala’s Corrupt Elite.](https://theintercept.com/2018/04/07/guatemala-anti-corruption-trolls-smear-campaign/)

- [The Independent: Massive British PR firm caught on video: "We've got all sorts of dark arts...The ambition is to drown that negative content and make sure that you have positive content online." They discuss techniques for managing reputations online and creating/maintaining 3rd-party blogs that seem independent.](http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caught-on-camera-top-lobbyists-boasting-how-they-influence-the-pm-6272760.html)

- [The Guardian: US spy operation to manipulate social media](http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/ma17/us-spy-operation-social-networks)

- [Washington Post: Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you](https://web.archive.org/web/20190801065640/https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/why-crafty-internet-trolls-in-the-philippines-may-be-coming-to-a-website-near-you/2019/07/25/c5d42ee2-5c53-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.f7d1ebb7c19b)

- [BBC: Vietnam admits deploying bloggers to support the Communist Party's policies, operates a network of nearly 1,000 "public opinion shapers".](http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-20982985)

- [Glenn Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations](https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/)

- [The Intercept: Behavioural Science Support for JTRIG’S Effects and Online HUMINT Operations](https://theintercept.com/document/2015/06/22/behavioural-science-support-jtrig/)

- [USA Today: The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted that he was behind a series of websites used in an attempt to discredit two USA TODAY journalists who had reported on the contractor.](http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-05-24/Leonie-usa-today-propaganda-pentagon/55190450/1)

- [Glenn Greenwald: Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet](https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/14/manipulating-online-polls-ways-british-spies-seek-control-internet/)

- [The Guardian: Chinese officials flood the Chinese internet with positive social media posts to distract their population](http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/chinese-officials-create-488m-social-media-posts-a-year-study-finds)

- [The Guardian: Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown - Social science is being militarised to develop 'operational tools' to target peaceful activists and protest movements. "Minerva"-funded social scientists tied to Pentagon counterinsurgency operations are involved in the "study of emotions in stoking or quelling ideologically driven movements," he said, including how "to counteract grassroots movements."](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown)

- [Bloomberg: How to Hack an Election [and influence voters with fake social media accounts]](http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/)

- [USA Today: Businesses and organizations may refer to it as a tool for competitive advantage and marketing; but make no mistake, they are using the massive reach of social media and the Internet as a weapon. One U.S. 3-letter special agent said, "You could influence an election with this."](http://archive.is/37tK3)

- [Times of Israel - The internet: Israel’s new PR battlefield](http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-rise-of-digital-diplomacy-could-be-changing-israels-media-image/)

- [Arstechnica: GCHQ’s menu of tools spreads disinformation across Internet-
“Effects capabilities” allow analysts to twist truth subtly or spam relentlessly.](http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/ghcqs-chinese-menu-of-tools-spread-disinformation-across-internet/)

- [The Guardian: Internet Astroturfing](http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/dec/13/astroturf-libertarians-internet-democracy)

- [BBC News: US plans to 'fight the net' revealed](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm)

- [Israel is paying internet workers to manipulate online content such as Wikipedia](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x2DFnGI9Ac) (2 minute video)

- [Buzzfeed: Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America](http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/documents-show-how-russias-troll-army-hit-america#.ki8Mz97ly)

- [NY Times: Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation](http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/31/world/europe/russia-finland-nato-trolls.html?_r=1)

- [Raw Story: CENTCOM engages bloggers](http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Raw_obtains_CENTCOM_email_to_bloggers_1016.html)

- [Wired: Air Force Releases ‘Counter-Blog’ Marching Orders](http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/usaf-blog-respo/)

- [Wired: Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’](http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/03/report-recruit/)

- [The Guardian: Israel ups the stakes in the propaganda war](http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/nov/20/mondaymediasection.israel)

- [BBC News: China's Internet spin doctors](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7783640.stm)

- [Raw Story: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people](http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/revealed-air-force-ordered-software-to-manage-army-of-fake-virtual-people/)

- [DailyKos: HBGary: Automated social media management](http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/16/945768/-UPDATED-The-HB-Gary-Email-That-Should-Concern-Us-All)

- [Huffington Post- Exposing Cyber Shills and Social Media's Underworld](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/cyber-shills_b_2803801.html)

- [Wall Street Journal: Turkey's Government Forms 6,000-Member Social Media Team](http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742.html)

- [The Bush and Gore campaigns of 2000 used methods similar to the Chinese government for conducting “guided discussions” in chatrooms designed to influence citizens](https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/3xhoq8/til_the_advent_of_social_media_offers_new_routes/?st=j0o5xr9c&sh=3662f0dc)

- [Salon: Why Reddit moderators are censoring Glenn Greenwald’s latest news story on shills](http://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/why_reddit_moderators_are_censoring_glenn_greenwalds_latest_bombshell_partne)

#Shilling in the Private Sector

- [NPR: Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They're Paid For. "Much like Amazon itself is a marketplace for goods, a world of separate, shadow marketplaces exists where reviews for Amazon products are bought and paid for — private Facebook groups, Slack channels, subreddits and more."](https://www.npr.org/2018/07/30/629800775/some-amazon-reviews-are-too-good-to-be-believed-theyre-paid-for)

- [Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online - Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet, a BBC investigation has found.](http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43907695)

- [Yahoo News: Last month the FTC issued warnings to celebrities who plugged products on their Instagram accounts without clearly identifying their relationships with brands. The letters were meant to educate the celebrities on posting without violating the organization’s disclosure guidelines.](https://www.yahoo.com/style/ftc-issued-warnings-45-celebrities-212910992.html)

- [New York Times: Tobacco corporations are targeting young American consumers with deceptive social media marketing in violation of federal law. 123 hashtags associated with these companies’ tobacco products have been viewed 8.8 billion times in the United States alone and 25 billion times around the world.](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/health/tobacco-social-media-smoking.html)

- [PBS Frontline Documentary - Generation Like](http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/)

- [USA Today: Lord & Taylor settles FTC charges over paid Instagram posts](http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/03/15/lord--taylor-settles-ftc-charges-over-paid-instagram-posts/81801972/)

- [Wired: Microsoft, through an outside agency, paid Machinima to produce positive videos about the Xbox One game machine, and many of the YouTube stars who accepted the deal failed to properly disclose that they were producing paid, sponsored content, not independent analysis.](http://www.wired.com/2015/09/ftc-machinima-microsoft-youtube/)

- [CNBC: The Federal Reserve Bank is soliciting proposals from developers for a "Social Listening Platform" that will monitor "Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube...to "Handle crisis situations, "continuously monitor conversations, identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." [2011]](https://www.cnbc.com/id/44701381)

- [CNN: A PR firm has revealed that it is behind two blogs that previously appeared to be created by independent supporters of Wal-Mart. The blogs Working Families for Wal-mart and subsidiary site Paid Critics are written by 3 employees of PR firm Edelman, for whom Wal-Mart is a paid client. [2006]](http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/20/news/companies/walmart_blogs/index.htm)

- [The Verge: Anti-net neutrality spammers are impersonating real people to flood FCC comments](https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/10/15610744/anti-net-neutrality-fake-comments-identities)

- [Vice: Trolls Paid by a Telecom Lobbying Firm Keep Commenting on My Net Neutrality Articles](https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/trolls-paid-by-a-telecom-lobbying-firm-keep-commenting-on-my-net-neutrality-articles-806)

- [The Guardian: In a New York investigation dubbed "Operation Clean Turf," dentists, lawyers, an ultra-sound clinic, Staten Island bus company US Coachways, a charter bus operator, a teeth-whitening service, a laser hair-removal chain and an adult entertainment club were caught buying fake reviews. The fake review companies posted on sites like Citysearch, Google, Yahoo and Yelp.](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/23/new-york-fake-online-reviews-yoghurt)

- [New York Times: When a Company's Product Is Under Fire, One Option is to Plant a Defender in the Chat Room](http://partners.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/10/circuits/articles/14spin.html)

- [Time: Social Media Manipulation? When “Indie” Bloggers and Businesses Get Cozy](http://business.time.com/2013/04/22/social-media-manipulation-when-indie-bloggers-and-businesses-get-cozy/)

- [New York Times: Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You](http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html?src=me&ref=general)

- [Chicago Tribune: Nutrition for sale: How Kellogg worked with 'independent experts' to tout cereal](http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-kellogg-independent-experts-cereal-20161121-story.html)

- [The Atlantic: Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter, this illegal advertisement did not contain any risk information or language specifying that it was a paid endorsement.](http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/fda-drug-promotion-social-media/404563/)

- [Warner Brothers fined for paying YouTube celebs to promote game without properly disclosing that the videos were paid endorsements.](https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/12/warner-brothers-fined-for-paying-youtube-celebs-to-promote-game/?ncid=mobilenavtrend)

- [Gamers promote gaming-gambling site on youtube by pretending to hit jackpot without disclosing that they own the site. They tried to retroactively write a disclosure covering their tracks, but were caught.](http://www.pcgamer.com/csgo-lotto-investigation-uncovers-colossal-conflict-of-interest/)

- [CSGO Lotto Owners Settle FTC’s First-Ever Complaint Against Individual Social Media Influencers](https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/09/csgo-lotto-owners-settle-ftcs-first-ever-complaint-against)

- ["Internet Reputation Management," founded by three partners in the New York area, recruits bloggers to write about clients on third-party sites, without necessarily disclosing that they're paid](http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-04-30/do-reputation-management-services-work-businessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice)

- [Slate: Want to Get Paid For TV Criticism? Shill for DISH.](http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/02/07/paid_internet_commenters_an_investigation_into_the_bizarrely_complex_marketing.html)

- [Sony viral marketing campaign exposed (2006). The company admits they ran the shady advertising campaign.](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2006/dec/11/newsonyviral)

- [ADWEEK: Marketing on Reddit Is Scary, But These Success Stories Show Big Potential](http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/marketing-reddit-scary-these-success-stories-show-big-potential-168278)

- [BBC news: Amazon targets 1,114 'fake reviewers' in Seattle lawsuit](http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34565631)

- [New York Times: Lifestyle Lift, a cosmetic surgery company, reached a settlement with the State of New York over its attempts to fake positive consumer reviews on the Web. The company had ordered employees to pretend they were satisfied customers and write glowing reviews of its face-lift procedure on Web sites](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/technology/internet/15lift.html?_r=1&emc=eta1)

- [Samsung Electronics Fined for Fake Online Comments](http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/samsung-electronics-fined-for-fake-online-comments/?_r=0) [in Taiwan]

#Shill Bots

- [Artificial intelligence chatbots will overwhelm human speech online; the rise of MADCOMs](https://medium.com/artificial-intelligence-policy-laws-and-ethics/artificial-intelligence-chatbots-will-overwhelm-human-speech-online-the-rise-of-madcoms-e007818f31a1)

- [Russian bots were active on Reddit last year, from /RussiaLago](https://np.reddit.com/RussiaLago/comments/76cq4d/exclusive_we_can_now_definitively_state_that/?st=j8s7535j&sh=36805d5d)

- [BBC- How online chatbots are already tricking you- Intelligent machines that can pass for humans have long been dreamed of, but as Chris Baraniuk argues, they’re already among us. The ramifications of astroturfing are in fact so serious that the US Department of Defense funded research to detect chatbots.](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140609-how-online-bots-are-tricking-you)

- [Wired: Powered by rapid advances in artificial intelligence, propaganda bots will soon run on genetic algorithms that let their ideas and messaging evolve, based on the resonance and effectiveness of previous messages. We are likely to see versions of these bots deployed on US audiences as part of the 2016 presidential election campaigns.](http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/06/wired-world-2015/robot-propaganda)

- [BBC: More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study says.](http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37684418)

- [Discover Magazine: Researchers Uncover Twitter Bot Army That’s 350,000 Strong](http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/01/20/twitter-bot-army/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20DiscoverTechnology%20%28Discover%20Technology%29#.WIMl-oiLTnA)

- [The Rise of Social Bots](http://www.cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204021-the-rise-of-social-bots/fulltext)

- [Forbes: From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter', Welcome To 'Cognitive Hacking'](http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/04/17/from-tinder-bots-to-covert-social-networks-welcome-to-cognitive-hacking/#4b78e2d92a7d)

- [Wired: Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists](http://www.wired.com/2015/08/pro-government-twitter-bots-try-hush-mexican-activists/)

#Information about shilling on Reddit

- [slaterhearst spammed Reddit with links to The Atlantic. "The Daily Dot has confirmed that slaterhearst was Jared Keller, the associate editor and social media editor at magazine giant The Atlantic."](https://www.dailydot.com/society/atlantic-slaterhearst-jared-keller-reddit/)

- [Forbes: Reddit Is Being Manipulated By Big Financial Services Companies](https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgrego2017/02/20/reddit-is-being-manipulated-by-big-financial-services-companies/#30b8b4f74c92)

- [User pushes InfoWars links on Reddit, eventually admits to working for Infowars.](https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/6uau99/chemicals_in_reddit_are_turning_memes_gay_take/?st=j6r0g2om&sh=96f3dbf4)

- [Shareblue accounts caught in /politics posting links to Shareblue without disclosing their affiliation, which caused the mods to create a new disclosure rule and an official Shareblue account was registered. About a month later, Shareblue was again caught shilling on /politics without disclosing ties to the outlet, which caused them to ban Shareblue links to the sub.](http://archive.is/7HAkr)

- [Hillary Clinton Super Pac and "strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks" openly admits to shilling on Reddit.](https://web.archive.org/web/20160618091140/http://correctrecord.org/barrier-breakers-2016-a-project-of-correct-the-record/)

- [User posts video using GoPro, gets video to front page, admits in comments that GoPro sent him free cameras in exchange for advertising.](https://np.reddit.com/videos/comments/2ejpbb/yes_it_is_true_i_boiled_my_gopro_to_get_you_this/ck0btnb/?context=3&st=j0qt0xnf&sh=ef13ba81) (archive: http://archive.is/ICGrl)

- [Top mod of /Mechanical_Gifs tries to sell subreddit on ebay for 999.00 dollars.](http://archive.is/kU1Ly)

- [How Reddit Got Huge: Tons of Fake Accounts - According to Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman, in the early days the Reddit crew just faked it ‘til they made it.](https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-reddit-got-huge-tons-of-fake-accounts--2)

- [Shill posts picture of a dog in a hammock with the brand clearly visible without indicating that it's an ad in the title of the post, making it an illegal advertisement. Later, he posts a promo code in the comments for 20 percent off his hammocks.](http://archive.is/Mfdk9)

- [Redditor who works for a potato mailing company admits to being a shill. He shows off his 27 thousand dollars he made in /pics](http://i.imgur.com/CcTHwdS.png) (Screenshot because he deleted his posts.) [[Here's the thread.](https://np.reddit.com/HailCorporate/comments/3gl8zi/that_potato_mailing_company_is_at_it_again/)]

- [/netsec talks about gaming reddit via sockpuppets and how online discourse is (easily) manipulated.](https://np.reddit.com/netsec/comments/38wl43/we_used_sock_puppets_in_rnetsec_last_year_and_are)

- [Reddit is being gamed by professional shills every day. We investigate how widespread the problem of fake comments and fake votes is in our Reddit For Sale follow-up. [11:48]](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uIrnEIuL8o&t)

- [Reddit For Sale: How We Bought The Top Spot For $200 [8:27]](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SAkUs3urrg)

- [Some websites use shill accounts to spam their competitor's articles, causing their competitors to become banned on Reddit.](https://np.reddit.com/TheoryOfReddit/comments/1ja4nf/lets_talk_about_those_playing_reddit_with/?st=iunay35w&sh=d841095d)

- [Wikileaks: Reddit cofounder consulting for Stratfor to bring in the social media dollars](https://search.wikileaks.org/gifiles/?viewemailid=282044)

- [Shilling on Reddit is openly admitted to in this Forbes article](http://www.forbes.com/sites/julesschroede2016/03/10/the-magic-formula-behind-going-viral-on-reddit/#1d2485b05271)

- [What I learned selling my Reddit accounts](https://medium.com/@Rob79/what-i-learned-selling-my-reddit-accounts-c5e9f6348005#.u5zt0mti3)

- [Reddit automation bot: "Run Up To 100 Threads, Checks For Valid Proxy Access & Also To Check If Banned From Site, Keyword Based Submission Finder & Vote Up/Down Capabilities, Mass upvote or downvote Mode..."](https://web.archive.org/web/20160323141612/http://www.blackhattoolz.com/redditbot.php)

- [Boostupvotes.com](https://archive.fo/WdbYQ)

- [Reddit Secrets, buy upvotes](https://archive.fo/SCWN7)

- [Reddit Secrets, buy pre-aged and high karma accounts](https://archive.fo/NAwBx)

#Science
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