Fanbox spam scam: Don’t fall prey to the earnings mailer
Fanbox tricks people into giving up their email addresses, passwords and cell phone numbers and then spams them relentlessly. Not only that, they spam everyone in the contact list as well
For the past few months, several readers of Moneylife have pointed out that they are receiving an email from some Fanbox notifying that “On March 15 you earned $2.75 and your all time earnings are $234.40”. This is nothing but a phishing attempt through a spam mail.
According to Allspammedup.com, Fanbox is run by former SMS.ac, a shady company that claims to be an online community which exists via text messages only. “It’s been the subject of many user complaints regarding deceptive billing practices and was fined and banned from operating reverse-billed services in the UK for operating misleading SMS services. They’ve now turned to a web-based service and are flooding the web with spam,” Allspammedup.com says.
The spam mail sent by Fanbox claims that “you were invited by xxxx to the FanBox Beta product launch of IPL (I’ll Pay Later) and you can earn by advertising your product, service or blog now and pay later”.
In case you do not have a product, service or blog, then it offers you to participate in the profits from other people’s sales now and pay later, something it termed as ‘boosting’.
Basically, FanBox lures gullible people by showing the earning without actually doing anything. “A few weeks ago, I had an email from an outfit named Fanbox, saying I had been registered with them by an ex-colleague I haven't seen in years. I assumed it was a hacking exploit of some sort and deleted it. Since then, I have had frequent junk mails from Fanbox, with ever increasing sums of money I have ‘earned’. As I have no account with them, own no blogs or websites and do absolutely nothing to ‘earn’ anything online, I assumed this was a scam and deleted the emails which went to my mail junk folder anyway,” says one of the commentators on an internet forum.
“The service (of Fanbox) tricks people into giving up their email addresses, passwords and cell phone numbers and then spams them relentlessly. Not only that, they spam everyone in their contact lists. The spam messages have ‘to stop receiving emails click here’ links but it doesn’t do a thing. Instead it just lets Fanbox know that your email address is live,” says Allspammedup.com.
This makes one wonder, of Fanbox saying the person receiving its mail has earned so and so dollars, how the website generate this much income? That too when the recipient is not even working to earn any money?
There are two ways for earning for Fanbox. First, it collects your email ID, data and contacts and then uses it for marketing (spamming) and may also be selling it to some other interested parties. Secondly, after few emails, Fanbox sends a mail asking for a ‘maintenance fee’ for an account that may not even exist. Here is a sample mail, Fanbox sends for the maintenance fee…
As of Nov. 7, 2012, you had utilized $371.58 of your “I’ll Pay Later” funds, and have earned $309.91 since you started utilizing IPL.
Your October processing fee of $5.69 became due on Nov. 12, 2012. You'll want to pay your processing fee (LINK REMOVED) immediately to protect your account and money.
Please note that if your processing fee has not been paid by Nov. 22, 2012, a late fee will be added to your processing fee.
Amount due if paid before Nov. 22, 2012: $5.69
Amount due if paid on or after Nov. 22, 2012: $15.69
Did you know?
You can avoid manual payments and late fees, and protect your earnings by setting up It’s a free service! (another link removed)
The FanBox Account Protection Team”
So what is the remedy to avoid getting trapped into Fanbox spam scam? In your mailbox, mark the mail from Fanbox as spam (for Gmail, you can also report it for phishing). If necessary create a filter that can automatically send any mail from Fanbox to trash. And most important, do not click on any link in the mailer.
According to Allspammedup.com, they (Fanbox) make their money by getting people to subscribe to SMS-based blogs, and also send other premium SMS messages. “Users are charged per message fee and unsubscribing is near impossible. Avoid both sites and ignore any emails you get from them. If the senders are people you know, notify them that they are being used to spam by the company,” it adds.
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