Friday, July 30, 2010

The Flim Flam Man: Jesse Willms

Ran across this really cool website today, called It's full of great penny auctions on stuff like laptops, cameras, iPads, and WalMart Gift Cards. Their registration page has what looks like an actual news report from a legitimate news station, reporting on this great source for bargains. Quotes praising their service are splashed all over the page from The New York Times, the BBC, and others. Logos from nearly every major news outlet appear on the page. 

After watching a couple of auctions close, and seeing the low prices people were getting super products for, I was ready to give it a try. But... first I googled "swipebids, fraud, scam". Wow... did I get a boatload of stuff on this guy. This 22-year old billionaire, yes I said billionaire, is arguably the most notorious online scam artist lurking around the ethernet. And...he is still in business.

Next I checked my WOT "Web of Trust" meter, and sure enough it was red. I highly recommend this great security software for your PC. It operates in the background, and warns you about websites that have a poor reputation. Each time you google something, you see red, yellow and green tags next to each listing...automatically. And if you load the page, you can click the WOT icon in your toolbar for more information on the site. You can download their free "Safe Browsing Tool" here. 

Mr. Willms recently settled a lawsuit with Microsoft for software piracy, and is also being sued by Symantec. The guy even has the nerve to direct his attorneys to sue consumer watchdog websites for negative remarks about him. If you're interested in learning more about online scams, and the lawsuit filed against Jesse Willms by Oprah and Dr. Oz, check out this news video clip Just Think Twice, from CTV. (12:43) 

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