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Shame Shame

Starving children, constant rioting, what’s next? What COULD be next? Jerusalem’s haredi neighborhood has found another way to offend their comrades…who they refuse to admit as being such.

Private investigators of the Education Ministry have revealed that several ultra-orthodox schools in the holy city have enrolled students who are probably fictitious.

The Education Ministry of the State of Israel provides elementary schools an annual sum of NIS 6,000 (about $1,597) per student. An inquiry showed that Haredi schools in Jerusalem were registering children affiliated with the Eda Haredit, who do not acknowledge the State of Israel and whose children do not attend its establishments. Altogether millions of shekels have been stolen from the government.

The Eda Haredit admitted that they may know something of the phenomenon but refused to cooperate with Israeli investigators.

“We are not interested in dealing with the State of Israel’s losses…it’s not our problem. We solve our problems in our courts.”

Satmar KinderlachThe Eda Haredit are the ones, by the way, who have refused to accept Intel’s compromise about keeping their Jerusalem factory open on Shabbat but not employing Jewish workers and are therefore responsible for embarrassing dangerous and needless demonstrations – just don’t torch any parked cars you guys!

If there was once a portion of the hard-working Israeli soul which felt guilty for being less religiously observant than the Haredim or for showing up in the holy land at a later era, these sentiments may be put to rest. When the State’s religious core has become almost the greatest example of vanishing morals in the entire country, we may as well reassert our values and our hearts.

Chinese Internet Scam – Buying Center & Trip To China – Guilin Youlianshiye

Once in a while you come across some cute Internet scams, this is one I call The Visit To China, Buying Center Scam.

This is the Chinese latest scam online and its geared towards small and medium businesses. The idea is simple. You approach a business as a Buying Center in the city of Guilin, China (apparently the new Lagos, Nigeria), and you claim to be interested in a large test order of anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000. You provide a URL and full contact information so this looks half decent. Of course the greed kicks in and you ignore some obvious signs; like the fact that the person writing you is using a Hotmail account and that the email addresses on the site are also Hotmail. The fact that this is a Chinese company buying products for thousands of dollars without even negotiating on the terms. They agree to wire the money and provide a Letter of Credit and everything. AND….here is the catch. You need to come to China to sign the big, fat contract.

Now people that have actually gone (and many have), find that while they are there, they get the hotel arrangement and city tours all arranged by the “company” (for a commission no doubt). Also, they ask the seller to buy a gift for the CEO of the company (apparently an “old Chinese custom”) and the gift is normally $5,000-10,000. Of course the hosts are gracious and nice the whole time. Then the signing happens and the happy seller goes home and that’s it. He never hears from them again.

I was told that this is a capital offence in China and I just hope the authorities catch these people and provide them with their just reward. I think that encouraging tourism is nice but there must be better ways.
To the “business owners” – If something looks to good to be true – IT IS !!

Here are some of the names and contact details these companies operate under:
Sa Yuweixing
Guilinyoulianshiye Co. LTD
F 0086-773-5850161
P +8613768744644
Purchase center
Second floor 48 dong Luandong district,
No.10kongmingxi Road
Guilin Guangxi China 541004
GuiLin ShengJing (International) Investment
Guilin Shengjing International Investment Co.
Room 418 ,Nancheng Shopping Mall
26 Lijiang Rd.,Qixing District,
Guilin 541004
Tele : 0086-7735815366

Internet Firms Enter Markets to Fleece Customers

Daniel and Shiri Evans (not their real names), owners of an independent travel agency, wanted something to boost their dragging bookings of summer tourism packages. The friendly telephone call they received from an Internet marketing company reportedly in the Netherlands, offered to sell them qualified leads of people planning to go on holiday in the near future. “Just complete the credit card authorization form we will send you, and we will open an account for you for N.S. 1,000 , and we’ll send you hot, qualified leads of individuals and families planning to book holiday tour packages by the summer travel season. Our price per “lead” is the equivalent of U.S. $ 5 and the profit you can make on each sale is considerably more. What do you have to lose?”

Well, the idea certainly sounded interesting, especially when told that the company had web sites listed on various ‘search engine’ Internet sites that received literally hundreds of queries each day. Despite apprehensions about giving their credit card information to a strange company, especially a ‘voice on the phone’, Dan and Shiri decided to go ahead and try this for “a month or so”, assured by the salesman that they could stop anytime they wanted and receive a full refund of any unused funds credited to their ‘account’.

After completing the form and sending it back by fax (as required by the lead marketing company), it wasn’t long before the leads began to arrive by email. The initial deposit was taken immediately as well by the marketing company. What the Evans didn’t know was that most of the ‘leads’ were non usable, with either incorrect or false information, or with absurd requests that their travel agency could not fulfill, such as “swingers” weekends or ‘sex holidays’ to Thailand or other locations; or low budget student backpacking safaris to South America or India, with little or no profit to be realized.

After more than two months and nearly 300 such ‘leads’, Dan Evans decided he had enough and requested to cancel the agreement. By that time, more than N.S.3,000 had been taken from their credit card, and by the time they finally were able to have the credit card company stop the payments, another N.S. 1,000 had been ‘sucked’ off by the marketing company.

Despite numerous telephone calls, most of whom were unanswered with only a recorded message instead of a human reply, emails, and letters, Evans finally called off their efforts to retrieve their funds, which amounted to a total of N.S. 5,000, with few of the leads being usable.

Internet marketing scams, such as this one, are all too frequent in today’s web-based marketing and e-information oriented world. Whether they involve service industries, travel and entertainment, or any number of other areas, millions and millions of Dollars, Pounds and Euros are being ‘slurped’ from naïve and trusting business enterprises as well as the general public.

Dan and Shiri learned a relatively cheap lesson, compared to many others who lose much more in similar fraudulent transactions. With the annual travel and removals season soon upon us, take these “words for the wise” to heart before agreeing to a telephone sales pitch.

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