Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Online Scam: Tubely.com

First off, full disclosure. I fell for this scam. DUH! With all the jillions of posts I’ve written about inbred dumbfucks and bone-stupid gullible voters, it turns out I’m just like them. So, today’s Gullible Dumbfuck award goes to: Me.

Anyway: I got a Friend request yesterday from (supposedly) a fellow blogger. The Invitation page looked just like Facebook and LinkedIn, so I assumed Tubely.com was legit and went ahead and clicked on Accept, filled in the information fields, etc. Fortunately I didn’t click on any of the downloads or “free” offers.

After I filled in all the requested information and was officially a “member,” I Googled Tubely. (Nothing like locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen.) It gets a green light from McAfee, so presumably there aren’t any viruses or Trojans involved. But they do send out e-mails — in your name — to people in your e-mail address book.

Needless to say, if you get a Friend request or any sort of “Special Offer!” from Tom Harper, it’s not from me.

And the father-fellating mother-cunnilingifying douchebags in charge of Tubely: fuck off and die!

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Anonymous Tim said...

Yeah my wife bless her heart just blew another 100.00 on a work at home scheme. Ahh what are you going to do.
She's trying. See she wants to be around me cause I sometimes can't function to well. Honestly I'm glad she's around to. We would like to make some money though. So everybody falls for scams sometimes.

August 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Damn, that was an impressive insult phrase, Tom. My head is still spinning...

August 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would never accept any kind of special offer from you anyway

Erik :-)

August 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The scams I've fallen for could fill a couple of blog posts. Now I don't trust anything.

August 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I fell for those work-at-home things, too, years ago. Ya live, ya learn. Ya blog about it.

August 24, 2010 at 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

So the daughter of the Nigerian oil minister is just toying with me?

Well, fuck. I had such plans for all that money.

August 24, 2010 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I signed up for face book only to have my account hacked. Like Groucho Marx I'll never again be a member of a club that would have me as a member.

Anybody know how to delete a face book account? That is if I can get back into it.

August 24, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Gettin' senile, ain't ya.

August 24, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I never give any site permission to search my address book. On average, I receive 15-20 "invitations" and "special offers" per day from bogus social networking sites, because friends have fallen for that scam, so don't feel like the Lone Stranger.

August 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: Those work-at-home scams sound so appealing. Back in the late '70s a friend of mine sent money to a P.O. Box so he could learn all about "stuffing envelopes at home in your spare time for thousands of $$$ a week!" I had always been curious about those ads, so I figured he could be my guinea pig. It was a ripoff of course.

J: Hell hath no fury like somebody who just found out he's been taken :)

Erik: Uh oh, people are on to me :)

Lew: I guess that's the only way, not trust anything or anybody.

Candace: That's about it -- live and learn, and blog about it.

JR: The daughter of a Nigerian oil minister? Hmmm, this sounds lucrative. I shall make an investment.

Demeur: That sucks. At least Facebook itself is legit, but I read about people getting their accounts hacked and their passwords stolen.

Randal: Eh? What? Who are you?

TC: That's a lot of invitations. I accept Friend invitations from Facebook, but I don't do anything else there. From now on, if it's from anything other than Facebook or LinkedIn, I'll just delete it. Fool me once...

August 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

From Robtex, about tubely.com: "Free online dating for singles and matchmaking service for singles.

"Trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety of this site is poor."

McAfee Site Advisor has a bunch of comments on tubely, and they're not positive endorsements. Here's an example:

"The first time I signed into the site, not a problem. The second time, however, I was bombarded with click-thru ads that took quite a while to close out, particularly the repeat pop-ups and ongoing ads. finally closed out the windows and rebooted my computer, scanned for unwanted software and am emptying my inbox of the plethora of junkmail that has since begun to be mine. I will not be going back there again."

"Posted at 07/22/2010-12:55:58 AM by dreamslayer, Reviewer , View profile [ Reputation score: 1 / 9 ]"

A big worry now isn't just viruses and trojans. You have what's called code-injection exploits, where the page looks and works fine, but at some point it drops malicious code into one your system's .dll files or replaces one of them. That opens a back door for later mischief, which happens without you noticing it while online.

Funny, I can remember when the Internets were less dangerous than a senior-center pinochle party. Those were the good old days.

August 25, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

You sure have a way with words! Fortunately I Googled Tubely before opening that crock of poo.

February 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

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