Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The big Cash4Gold Scam

As many people have seen the tv commercial and/or the radio commercials time and time again promising to "cut out the middle man" and "offer top dollar" for your unwanted gold or precious metals. But the many investigations have pretty much turned up that this is just a major scam to be avoided at all costs.

Here are some news footage from News Channel 5 WPTZ

WPTZ News Investigates Cash4Gold Part 1

WPTZ News Investigates Cash4Gold Part 2

Also a previous employee of Cash4Gold speaks out about the shady practices, lies, and how the overall scam is done.

Excert from http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/cash4gold-c117648.html

If you accept the offer, the deal is done, and you are told that the call is recorded (which most of the time, the record button does not work, or the box if full.)It’s just a way to make your feel binded by a verbal contract. IF you do not accept the deal, you have to return your check, and it takes sometimes up to a month to receive your items back after we receive the check.

For those who do get in touch with us within the allotted time frame, we already know what you are calling about. Customers want their items returned, because there
check amount is so insultingly LOW. The first thing a Rep will
ask you is "HOW MUCH WERE YOU EXPECTING TO GET BACK?" This way we can know how much to "BONUS" you.

You can read the entire article by a former employee of Cash4Gold again at:

The website cockeyed.com also wrote an article exposes the fraud that is cash4gold, You can find the original article here: http://cockeyed.com/citizen/goldkit/cheat.shtml

The interesting part, is cash4gold then contacted the writer of the article on cockeyed.com in hopes to have him retract his article. Here is what happened since the author also wrote a followup article after being contacted by cash4gold:

So you can see they are scurrying around trying to preserve their reputation and to prolong this scam as long as they can especially taking advantage of the poor in this economic downturn we have taken.

But use common sense, when gold is going for over $700 per ounce, and even pawn shops pay more than these guys, be smart and don't waste your gold and items by mailing them to this major scam company. And hopefully they won't be around long to keep preying on people.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Playing around with Second Life

I posted several posts back about trying out second life (Second Life's homepage). That topic was working with sculpted primitives using a program called Wings3d which is free you can pick that up at http://www.wings3d.com.

Lately I've mainly been scripting, which is all I really do in second life when I am not playing Eve Online. I really enjoy programming, and scripting in second life gives me that feel again of scripting for a "game" so to speak.

So anyhow I've currently been working on what I call a "Clockwork Spider". I guess first of all I should show you my inspiration that caused me to try and build one.

Here is the image I found just surfing the web.

This is titled

Clockwork Arachnid by Cazouillette
You can find more of his work on Deviantart by going
to this site: http://cazouillette.deviantart.com/
Awesome clockwork/steampunk inspired stuff.

So anyhow I got my inspiration from that image and inside of Second Life have started on my own Clockwork Spider inspired by Cazouillette's version. Not an exact replica of course, but based on the above image. And this is what I have so far, this is still a work in progress though and will be added more detail as time allows.

Anyhow that's it for this week, hopefully I'll get it finished and we'll see what project I move onto next to keep myself busy.