December 9, 2011 —Marking the celebration of many religious events this Christmas and Holiday Season, and in the spirit of good will to all, I want to challenge timeshare developers and all ancillary businesses to demonstrate that they care about the safety and well being of citizens in their communities, their nation and around the world.
So here’s the scoop. Throughout the USA and indeed around the planet many timeshare entities are using a particular company’s online services for some of their promotional needs and by doing so, IMO, are, indirectly, providing a haven for depraved deviates, perverts, con artists and scammers, thieves and now even calculating cold-blooded murderers. Especially culpable are the companies paying thousands of dollars to utilize those services.
Here are just some of the mainstream media’s partial news headlines from around the USA in just this past week involving this company: “Thief assaults, robs Denver man”; “Used in Deadly Ploy to Lure Victims in Ohio”; “Buyer shows up with Machete”; “Ad leads to armed robber”; “Used car scams”; “Madison teen arrested”; “Car thief used…”; “Responded to ad, Find man dead”; “Scams Cheats Apt. hunters of thousands”; “Three people robbed in bogus…”; “American Grill doll theft…”; “Suspect was wanted as Texas parolee”; “Lengthy criminal record for theft…”; “Sales man charged…”; “Statewide advertising sweep starts 87 investigations”; “…Used to setup Va. Beach robbery” and, if that wasn’t enough, the big one: “Murder suspects to be tried”.
And what company is named in all these current headlines you ask? It is Craig’s List (CL).
What could have been, IMO, one of the best online services for both businesses and private citizens has become a cesspool, a breeding ground for virtually every crime and criminal-type imaginable.
Over the past several years con artists and other criminals have flocked to this online listing service (and others) by the untold thousands. Depending on the region (world-wide) they can post just about anything they want free of charge or pay a modest daily fee, and in the form of an advertisement they ‘hook’ their victims.
A few years ago things started becoming so bad and CL had so many complaints they ultimately posted instructions and warnings on how to “avoid scams & fraud”. But other than that— whether CL visitors are buying antiques, video gaming products or seeking travel services, vacation rentals, jobs, cars, cruises, tools, collectibles, investments, etc.— many are still being victimized by criminals of all sorts.
As such I’m calling for our industry to boycott Craig’s List’s advertising services until such time as the company changes its ways. Please don’t feed the animals…
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