The latest government protected scams

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pmconusa
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The latest government protected scams

I believe there is a government organization called the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). I don't know what its function is in this regard but it has dropped the ball completely on one bogus claim by suppliers and the existence of a scam based on frightening consumers.

The first has to do with the claim of now seemingly every supplier of goods and that is "shipping is free". This false claim is intended to keep you from comparison shopping at your local merchandizer where you pick up the goods rather than have them ship it to you. These goods you buy on the internet are shipped either by FedEx, UPS or the U. S. Postal Service. Neither of these organizations is accepting and delivering packages from suppliers for free, therefore this is false advertising, which I assume is supposed to come under the purview of the so called DCP.

There is now a second organization purporting to provide you with identity theft protection. The claim is that people can hack into your computer and steal your identity (Social Security Number, Credit Card Number or Bank Account number) and siphon off all of your money. It is impossible for anyone who obtains your Social Security Number, Credit Card or Bank Account number without your complicity. Knowledge of your Social Security Card Number cannot provided access to your account with the Social Security Administration unless they are also in possession of your unique security code, which even the administrators do not know. Even if they had it and could change the bank to which all of these payments are now directed, they would have to open an account and fraudulently claim to be you to be able to withdraw funds. This could be done for one month, whereupon when you did not receive your payment you would immediately scream to the SS administration and the error would be corrected.

The credit card companies and banks operate in a similar fashion with the exception that if unauthorized withdrawals are made they will cover you for the loss and establish a new account to prevent repetition. Yes, a person who has your credit card has one chance to make a purchase of something and send it to themselves but again, it is only a one time deal and could be minimized by requiring that all purchases be sent to the buyer. Most credit card companies have algorithms that immediately flag suspicious activity or sums above a certain threshold. They do this as insurance against their liability to protect you from fraud. For example, when I purchase an airline ticket for an overseas flight I can almost time when the phone will ring asking me if I authorized this charge before they release payment from my account to the airline. As it is now you can send something to someone as a gift but again, it is only a one time possibility and can be completely avoided by immediately reporting your credit card lost or stolen. These scammers are very careful in their ads. They even have the hutzpah to parade people in the ads who claim to have lost everything to these identity thieves. Seems the government is now protecting the scammers rather than the public they are supposed to serve.

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Yes, it is free to me the

Yes, it is free to me the customer, the vender pays the shipping as part of its' operating cost.
It is not false in any form shape or manner. If you do not want "free to you " shipping you can find a comparable product and pay to have it shipped to you.
L.L. Bean found it enhanced its' profits by offering this. Shippers found it paid to do business with LL as the could count on the business volume
It is this simple. As for the purpose of the DCP ,the internet is a friend and will provide all you need to know about it . Prepaid by your tax dollars.

By the way Dr. Sheldon Bornstein is available for help with dealing with all those imagined wrongs .

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Your ability to "Spin" the

Your ability to "Spin" the facts is unparalleled. Walmart, K-Mart and others put the mom and pop stores out of business and soon the internet will do the same to them and all the people who work for them. We will be left with fast food franchises for our vittles and monopoly prices for everything else. Those who do not work and rely on government welfare will soon find that the amount the government gives them will buy nothing but vittles. Unlike the poor souls in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who are migrating to the few welfare states left, we will have nowhere to go.

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My spin is surpassed by your

My spin is surpassed by your bad paranoid assumptions, about a government department you admittedly know nothing about !

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What assumptions did I make

What assumptions did I make about the Consumer Protection Department that are incorrect. If it is not to protect consumers from fraudulent activity and false product claims, what is it for? My assumptions cannot be paranoid, according the very definition of the word. If you are going to use the English language to convey your meaning you ought at first determine what the words mean. Your use of the word smegma is a case in point.

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You say you do not know what

You say you do not know what DCP does, then proceed to say what it doesn't do.

As for Smegma I know what it is and why it applies to him.
Whether you like it or not does not matter to me.

As soon as the poster who suggested "Smegma" finds one that applies to you
I will evaluate it and adopt it as I see fit.

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"You say you do not know what

"You say you do not know what DCP does, then proceed to say what it doesn't do."

Bingo!!

pmcon is ALWAYS aware of what he thinks and means to say, especially after he's called on something.

He's far less aware of what he actually said in his post.

However, his stature in all matters intellectual demands that readers forgive and correct his inconsistencies, because we knew all along what he intended to say. Whether he said it or not.

Got that? It's an implied disclaimer for all his posts, a privilege granted to him by the Federal Bureau of AMG Poster Protection. He's not sure what they do, except he's sure they grant him this privilege. Very shortly he'll be posting on how they're scamming the rest of us, and damaging his book sales by failing to post recommendations on their web site.

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Lik3e in the past,

Like in the past, suggestions for naming are open .

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Bruce: we need to prepare

Bruce: we need to prepare ourselves for a classic, off the mark response denigrating us and insisting that we simply aren't capable of comprehending his lofty commentary and its unique relevance, while demonstrating that we exist only to pick at nits.

I wonder whether he considered little leaks and flaws in the massive oil processing equipment and pipelines he designed and built in the middle east to be unworthy of his attention.

All the while, suggestions about style and countenance bounce off his armor like so many blunt arrows.

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Agreed.

Agreed.

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In your case one and one does

In your case one and one does not make two. I'm not sure it even makes one.

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Profound !

Profound !

But a hint of uncertainly.

P.S. Who is "your" ?

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Now I know converting you to

Now I know converting you to the truth is a hopeless endeavor. I should have known your responses to my posts should have been ignored.

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This is what I know as a

This is what I know as a truth.
I love free shipping.

Maybe you should have but you didn't and probably won't either.

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Large organizations like eBay

Large organizations like eBay & Amazon buy shipping at bulk prices, and sellers get it at cut rates from them allowing the sellers to offer free shipping to buyers.

Is the shipping cost built into the selling price?
Of course!
Is it less than it would be?
Yes!

Bruce Libby
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How come you know this adn he

How come you know this and he didn't?

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If you sell on eBay, you

If you sell on eBay, you actually buy the postage and print the shipping label on the site... so you see exactly what's charged and what the full rate would have been.

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