I just wanted to give a thanks to everyone who weighed in on the scam situation. After some legal advice, I’m not going to name the scammer (yet!) in a public forum until the case is resolved.
Anyway, I am perfectly willing to pass on her name/address /usernames via email if you think you have been scammed by this person. I am fully planning a “name and shame” in public after the case is settled, but it’s time to play my cards a little closer at the moment.
So, onto something more fun! A contest!
The prize is 10 bottles of Pa nail polish, (Japanese exclusive), four sheets of nail decals, some glittah, Pa hand cream, and three sachets of funky bath salts, plus some other fun funky goodies yet to be decided. This prize will have to go by sea-mail to your country. Open to all readers worldwide!
So, when life hands us scams, we’re going to make scam-ade! Let’s turn a huge bummer into something positive. Tell us the stupidest untrue excuse, lie or outright scam that you’ve personally experienced. One entry per person, please. Contest will go until June 9, 2010. This is going to be a cross-cultural experience- the winning answer will be chosen by two people: one American, one Japanese. If they can’t agree on a clear winner, we’ll have a third judge do a tiebreaker.
If you’re lucky enough never to have been scammed, cheated or lied to in your life, you can post the most deceptive advertisement you’ve ever seen and explain why it’s a scam. But I’m looking for personal experience here!
OK, here’s the stupidest lie I’ve been told in a while:
That Person Who Shall Not Be Named had her “mom” write me an email on her behalf and said she was involved with the Witness Protection Program, so it was difficult to communicate with me. She also mentioned that the Witness Protection program was forwarding mail to her. Uh….DUH! The entire point of the Witness Protection Program is that you disappear. I actually think she meant the Witless Protection Program, which is what you should join if you’re stupid enough to have goods you’ve fradulently obtained delivered to your actual home address.
All right everyone! Tell us your stories! The money may be long gone, but maybe you can get some Japan-only goodies out of it. I hope that can ease the pain a little. Shame those bad guys and win some nail polish!