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(Sun Sentinel)   Investors were defrauded of almost $2 million by a fake scooter infomercial, which is almost as embarrassing as the time they fell for the fake Craigslist ad promising sexy, fat women   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 40
    More: Florida, Craigslist, Ponzi, TV infomercials, fake scooter, fat, investors, Palm Beach County, United States Attorney  
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2013-01-12 03:20:53 PM  
A GIS for "sexy, fat women" is...interesting.

And, not nearly as horrifying as it would have been a few months ago, before Google instituted their mandatory porn filter.
 
2013-01-12 03:58:57 PM  
We call it the Hoverround Holocaust.
 
2013-01-12 06:07:54 PM  
littleguurrl.files.wordpress.com

Takes him where he wants to go ... but where will it set him?
 
2013-01-12 06:10:38 PM  

eraser8: A GIS for "sexy, fat women" is...interesting.

And, not nearly as horrifying as it would have been a few months ago, before Google instituted their mandatory porn filter.


Wait, what? Mandatory Porn filter? I SAID SAFE SEARCH OFF, biatchES,
 
2013-01-12 06:13:25 PM  
I find it funny that boomerofamerica.com is still available. Usually the search "engine" trolls snap up these things the second they hear of them, just in the off chance that someone might try to visit the page.
 
2013-01-12 06:14:40 PM  
www.pitch.com
 
2013-01-12 06:14:46 PM  

eraser8: A GIS for "sexy, fat women" is...interesting.

And, not nearly as horrifying as it would have been a few months ago, before Google instituted their mandatory porn filter.


interesting? hell it's boring. 10 pages with safe search off and one picture of naked fat chicks sitting down. and from behind. yeah baby NSFW fat butt crack, oh boy.

man i hate shiat being tamed or PCed for the children. fark them, little biatches walking around in their "juicy" pants and their parents complaining if they see a tit on the internet.
 
2013-01-12 06:16:28 PM  
So in other words the guy ran a Kickstarter campaign but without the Kickstarter.
 
2013-01-12 06:21:13 PM  
Gee, a ripoff involving something called "Boomer"? Color me shocked.
 
2013-01-12 06:22:46 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-12 06:22:46 PM  
Duh everyone.knows the scooter.industry is run by Golden Corale
 
2013-01-12 06:22:53 PM  
The shame is that if he'd been ligit he probably could have racked in the dough.
 
2013-01-12 06:27:26 PM  
Cue the Willy "I wanna hear more about these binders full of sexy fat women" bit.
 
2013-01-12 06:29:27 PM  
"This was a traditional Ponzi-style scheme offense," Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn Bell told the judge. "Those 91 people [victims] have had a lot of sad days over what they thought was a legitimate, good investment."

Yeah... they're probably old, and that sucks, but IF IT'S SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN DO YOUR GODDAMN RESEARCH.

I really wish I had the balls to fraud people like this.  Hell, screw the "lavish lifestyle" bit, lay low for a few years, claim some huge calamity that you couldn't prevent (hell, blame Obama, say that Medicare is now only accepting scooters from state run businesses because Communism, I bet that would fly *and* garner sympathy) and then sneak off somewhere with the money.  Sheesh.

/eh, I guess I don't
//but it's so damn easy
 
2013-01-12 06:52:30 PM  
The real moral of this story is to get the hell out of the US once you've received the money.
 
2013-01-12 06:54:59 PM  

Curious: eraser8: A GIS for "sexy, fat women" is...interesting.

And, not nearly as horrifying as it would have been a few months ago, before Google instituted their mandatory porn filter.

interesting? hell it's boring. 10 pages with safe search off and one picture of naked fat chicks sitting down. and from behind. yeah baby NSFW fat butt crack, oh boy.

man i hate shiat being tamed or PCed for the children. fark them, little biatches walking around in their "juicy" pants and their parents complaining if they see a tit on the internet.


You are still incarcerated right?  This is important.
 
2013-01-12 06:58:51 PM  
Article said it had a fake website and phone number.  So 91 people sunk an average of around $20000 into this company without bothering to call the phone number or check the website listed in the ad.
 
2013-01-12 06:59:15 PM  
"Fatass carts". Not "mobility scooters".
 
2013-01-12 07:06:47 PM  
WHAR FAT SEXY CHICKS WHAR????

/bookmark
 
2013-01-12 07:12:55 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

"I hate copycats"
 
2013-01-12 07:19:51 PM  

aerojockey: Article said it had a fake website and phone number.  So 91 people sunk an average of around $20000 into this company without bothering to call the phone number or check the website listed in the ad.


You know what kind of people get excited about free gummint scooters?

Not the brightest group you will meet.

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-01-12 07:27:55 PM  
Uhm, let's see. $1.9M divided by 91....

I have bad news for you, and it is this - you have much bigger problems than losing this amount of money. Your MUCH BIGGER problem is that you are such a loser that you even notice this kind of loss.

It's like $20,000. Damn, if you can't sneeze for that much, then you really shouldn't be putting cash out for any kind of investment. You need to be thinking about how many days of cat food you can buy with that money.

This is the reason you are poor: you are stupid

/and probably lazy also
 
2013-01-12 07:35:35 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 07:36:20 PM  
I worked for one of these DME companies. The second largest one behind The Scooter Store. It really is a rip-off scheme. The wheelchairs far more than the scooters though. The wheelchairs pay out $5k and cost $1k whereas the scooters are $2k and cost $750 (thereabouts). The company I worked for had such a sleazeball for a president that the guy would take back the old chairs when people died and resold them as new. Don't believe me? Google Mobility Products LLC vs, well, everyone in hte business.
 
2013-01-12 07:41:07 PM  
See, I'm not attracted to overweight women. It just seemed to make the ad more legitimate.
 
2013-01-12 07:49:21 PM  

jaytkay: aerojockey: Article said it had a fake website and phone number.  So 91 people sunk an average of around $20000 into this company without bothering to call the phone number or check the website listed in the ad.

You know what kind of people get excited about free gummint scooters?

Not the brightest group you will meet.

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 393x390]


You gotta admit that's much better spelling than you'd expect.
 
2013-01-12 08:00:54 PM  

Thresher: I worked for one of these DME companies. The second largest one behind The Scooter Store. It really is a rip-off scheme. The wheelchairs far more than the scooters though. The wheelchairs pay out $5k and cost $1k whereas the scooters are $2k and cost $750 (thereabouts). The company I worked for had such a sleazeball for a president that the guy would take back the old chairs when people died and resold them as new. Don't believe me? Google Mobility Products LLC vs, well, everyone in hte business.


I work for a small DME and we do everything legit, I laugh at the Supply stores closing all over town. Farking scamers
 
2013-01-12 08:17:25 PM  

eraser8: A GIS for "sexy, fat women" is...interesting.

And, not nearly as horrifying as it would have been a few months ago, before Google instituted their mandatory porn filter.


Fat bottomed girls? They make my rockin' world go 'round.

/not really
 
2013-01-12 08:31:02 PM  

SevenizGud: Uhm, let's see. $1.9M divided by 91....

I have bad news for you, and it is this - you have much bigger problems than losing this amount of money. Your MUCH BIGGER problem is that you are such a loser that you even notice this kind of loss.

It's like $20,000. Damn, if you can't sneeze for that much, then you really shouldn't be putting cash out for any kind of investment. You need to be thinking about how many days of cat food you can buy with that money.

This is the reason you are poor: you are stupid

/and probably lazy also


You might say that.

Then you might spend a few weeks watching "American Greed" on CNBC and you will not say that any more. While this was a pretty obvious scheme, most of the people these scammers dupe are neither poor, lazy, nor stupid. They're just regular people who want to retire and have a regular income; or they're working people with some extra money to invest so they can live a little better than they otherwise would. Living off the income of a $20K investment for ten years will buy cat food AND leave you with $20K at the end of ten years if you had a real investment, right? That's why people invest.

And sometimes due diligence doesn't help any. So these folks had a website. A good website by a Ponzi schemer will have all the right tables, links to the right banks, and everything needed to convince an investor this guy is on the up&up. Sometimes they have an annual prospectus printed up--totally bogus, but it looks right. Exactly what would you have people do? Put their money in a shoebox under the bed and hope they die before it runs out? Sorry, but people are not stupid. They are less smart than the evil scumbags who pull these scams, perhaps; but that doesn't mean they deserve your contempt.
 
2013-01-12 08:42:18 PM  
Anyone else seeing the ad for The Scooter Store at the top of the page?
 
2013-01-12 08:48:29 PM  

radiumsoup: I find it funny that boomerofamerica.com is still available.


Ummmm... Fart?
 
2013-01-12 09:05:39 PM  
Gyrfalcon:
And sometimes due diligence doesn't help any. So these folks had a website. A good website by a Ponzi schemer will have all the right tables, links to the right banks, and everything needed to convince an investor this guy is on the up&up. Sometimes they have an annual prospectus printed up--totally bogus, but it looks right. Exactly what would you have people do? Put their money in a shoebox under the bed and hope they die before it runs out? Sorry, but people are not stupid. They are less smart than the evil scumbags who pull these scams, perhaps; but that doesn't mean they deserve your contempt.

------

Low-yield, but perfectly safe options include bank/CU savings accounts & CDs, local government bonds, t-bills, whole life insurance, etc. For the true gambler, there's real estate, hedge funds, stocks, card-counting, etc. Notice that none of these options involve sending cash to a random bullshiat artist with a YouTube video and a website, which should be a VERY red flag to anyone not suffering from late-stage dementia
 
2013-01-12 09:08:44 PM  

Gyrfalcon: And sometimes due diligence doesn't help any. So these folks had a website. A good website by a Ponzi schemer will have all the right tables, links to the right banks, and everything needed to convince an investor this guy is on the up&up. Sometimes they have an annual prospectus printed up--totally bogus, but it looks right. Exactly what would you have people do? Put their money in a shoebox under the bed and hope they die before it runs out? Sorry, but people are not stupid. They are less smart than the evil scumbags who pull these scams, perhaps; but that doesn't mean they deserve your contempt.


Yeah, they deserve worse. As pointed out in this thread, they did ZERO due diligence. I might have some sympathy for them if it were the case that they did ANY due diligence, but were still duped. But they didn't even do that. They did not lift a single finger, anywhere, at any time, to make any effort whatsoever, except to write the check.

So.farking.dumb.

They should have invested their $20K in drool pans for their own personal use.
 
2013-01-12 10:11:04 PM  
No article with mobility scooters complete without
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csuZHyW-iGI

"Eat Hickory!"
 
2013-01-12 10:16:18 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Exactly what would you have people do? Put their money in a shoebox under the bed and hope they die before it runs out?


If they did that then they would have a shoebox of money under their bed, which they could spend if they really needed to spend. As they didn't, instead they have nothing. Which is significantly worse.

There are better investment oportunities that guarantee a return, such as bonds. If some random guy goes out of his way to seek investment from poor people then it's a clear sign that there is something crooked going on.
 
2013-01-12 10:27:00 PM  

Oldiron_79: Duh everyone.knows the scooter.industry is run by Golden Corale


Wrong, Wal Mart puts nearly 80% of its profits eight back inti their handicap/fat people scooters.
 
2013-01-13 12:39:57 AM  
First...

Link

And then again...

Link

Finally...

NSFW Link
 
2013-01-13 10:17:30 AM  

ultnightmares: radiumsoup: I find it funny that boomerofamerica.com is still available.

Ummmm... Fart?


$10 for the domain name for a dumb joke that about 5 people will ever see... great concept, right up my alley, but poor execution, methinks.
 
2013-01-13 11:31:12 AM  

radiumsoup: I find it funny that boomerofamerica.com is still available. Usually the search "engine" trolls snap up these things the second they hear of them, just in the off chance that someone might try to visit the page.


It now re-directs to "fartbongo.com"

/Thanks, Farker!
 
2013-01-13 01:48:38 PM  
Shoulda bought from the Shkooter Shtore.
 
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