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If this is a scam, why do I keep hearing commercials for it?

Discussion in 'Computer and Electronic GadgetsZone' started by ckhalil18, May 29, 2012.

  1. ckhalil18

    ckhalil18 Thread Starter SatelliteGuys Family Pub Member / Supporter

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    I keep hearing on the radio about this website called freeusipad.net where supposedly you test out an ipad and get to keep it when your done. Of course they didn't say all the details in the ad and when I look up some info on it everybody says that it's a scam. What bothers me is that if it's a scam, how are they allowed to air ads on the radio? Should I try to contact the station and complain about it? I'm sure most people are smart enough not to fall for this stuff, but you never know what could happen nowadays. What do you guys think?:confused:
     
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  2. yourbeliefs

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    It seems like radio is prime ground for scam ads. I'm not sure why it has so many more than TV does, but I find even with Satellite radio (which I almost exclusively listen to because I can't stand regular radio) obvious scams are advertised for long periods. I've even found that the same scams are advertised under different names. For a while there was an ad for this service called "No More Mortgage" and then it stopped airing and then some time later a service called "Nine Year Mortgage" starting airing. It was literally the EXACT SAME ad except they replaced "No More" with "Nine Year" where applicable. Or similar ones where the only difference is that they change their contact info like a phone number but you can tell something is off because the audio levels/cadence don't match with the original ad. For me, the BIGGEST sign of a scam ad is when one of the people speaking on it is doing so over a phone (such as the Mortgage ad listed earlier.) I mean, seriously, you can't come into a production studio for an hour or even get a decent computer headset and record it yourself? You're going to record a phone call?

    Back OT, I suppose if you're really concerned you could call the station about it, and if they don't do anything maybe contact a local television station. They seem to love those "We're on your side" stories that expose shady businesses. Stations are not going to be chomping at the bit to rip advertising off their airwaves since it is their main source of income and given how low business has been for the medium in general they're not looking to stop a revenue stream unless they absolutely have to.
     
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  3. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    never heard of it
     
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    TANSTAAFL
     
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    ke4est Long Live FTA Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    Yep
     
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    There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
     
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    yourbeliefs Something Profound Pub Member / Supporter

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    I thought it was "That Annoying Nasty Stupid Traffic Attendant Always Farts Loudly"
     
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    ke4est Long Live FTA Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    :shocked :D
     
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    mike123abc Too many cables Supporting Founder

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    The radio stations do not care what the advertisement is as long as it does not violate broadcast standards, and they pay. If it is a fraud, it is the fault of the advertiser, not the station.
     
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    Right. It would put an unfair burden on the stations to force them to research all their clients to make sure they are legitimate companies. As far as they're concerned, you can advertise snake oil, as long as the spot is under 30 seconds long and they don't use any offensive words.
     
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