The Audacity of Dope
I have been managing websites for nearly 10 years. During this time, I have used Doteasy for most of my hosting needs. One of the reasons I like Doteasy is because it’s easy to use, they don’t do a lot of advertising on your site and the “basics” are free. In fact, I have approximately ten domains listed there. Then things changed.
I decided in September of last year to purchase a domain. I happen to like the WordPress formats and I find them far easier to use than a standard website so I decided to use the paid service that was offered by Doteasy. In January of 2012, I proudly launched “No Scam Work at Home”. The general idea was to call out scam artists and con artists and to help protect people who want to work at home. The premise: Calling out con artists meant that more people could find work without getting conned. I decided on a combination of calling out scams, questioning questionable sites and also including information for legitimate money making opportunities. This was to be a complement to my existing site “Freelancing and More” which is loaded with tips, tricks and writing site reviews.
Too late, I realized that simply because of the nature of the site, I was making myself a target.
Be Very Very Quiet
I’ve been called stupid, fat, ugly, ignorant and a whole host of other things since I started this blog. People are up in arms because I call them like I see them. I’ve been accused of being a conspiracy theorist, told that I must have been scammed and called a loser. It is amazing how people react to being told that the “opportunity” that they have tripped over is nothing more than a glorified con and that they are being taken for a ride.
I have also been told that I must have been neglected as a child and that I am one of the “one percent”. All laughable claims, I’m sure my parents wouldn’t be too amused. Then it happened….I was hacked….and what’s fascinating about that is that the “hacker” put into the code of my website “silence is golden”. If I was not so ticked off about being hacked, I would have found this amusing….at the time I didn’t find it all that funny, but now I have to admit that even I find the comedy in this statement.
You Cannot Silence Me!
You see, one of the things that I am determined to do is to make sure that people get a fair shake. If you are not a con artist or scammer, you have nothing to worry about. I’ve written numerous posts on this topic including:
- Recognizing work at home scams
- Why do people fall for Internet email scams?
- The care and feeding of Internet scams
- Who is making money on Internet scams
- Scammers have no ethical limits
- Academic writing scams
- Stop the scams from winning
- Why it’s easy to fall for work at home scams
You see, this is more than a way to make money for me, this is a genuine interest in helping others, something scammers and con artists cannot seem to understand.
It took me almost three weeks to get my site back up and running. I lost nearly all of my data – but I did not lose the text of most of the posts that I had. Images are gone (but certainly retrievable) and my blog is back up and running. While you may have temporarily silenced me, you did not win, and you will not win. I am now changing my password daily with a random password generator and I am adding back the old posts that were protected through backups. Also, thanks to the con artists who spammed my site I’ve lost my AdSense account so I’ve now merged by two blogs – but they are both still there. I hope that some folks just smarten up and stop falling for scams and better yet, stop promoting them!