As Longstanding Antiscam Publication Passes 2,200-Post Milestone, It Passes The Hat: Help Needed From Readers

Dear Readers,

Post updated 5:06 p.m., Dec. 5. It is the 11th hour. This post has been up since Nov. 23, resulting in $135 in contributions from readers. That is at least $515 short of what is needed. This Blog has made a difference in people’s lives. I hope it always will, despite the challenges.

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This is PP Blog post No. 2,207. There has not been a passing-the-hat post since January. It’s time again.

Most of my time and energy goes into the Blog: the reading, the researching, the reporting, the writing. And I’m also the bottle-washer, which is to say the guy who monitors the waves such as the one shown in this screen shot taken three days ago:

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Thankfully it wasn’t a knockout wave. But the Blog has experienced those, too, in recent weeks.

Shown in the screen shot is a wave of IPs bearing signatures from China virtually simultaneously seeking to pull this Aug. 22, 2012, PP Blog story on the JustBeenPaid/JSS Tripler/ProfitClicking HYIP Ponzi scheme and to load up the thread with resources-draining spam. It was as though the 15-month-old URL for the story had been loaded into a cannon. Had the IP wave grown in intensity, legitimate readers looking for information on actual or alleged Ponzi schemes or highly dubious online “opportunities” with an investment element could have been denied access to the information, thus setting the stage for scammers to rip off even more people.

Friends, $650 isn’t a lot to some people. But it’s the world to me. It’s what I need to keep the Blog going, to keep me going into the new year.

Please help if you’re able.

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13 Responses to “As Longstanding Antiscam Publication Passes 2,200-Post Milestone, It Passes The Hat: Help Needed From Readers”

  1. Have received $5 so far. It is much appreciated.

    Patrick

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  2. Another $25. Thank you, Reader.

    Patrick

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  3. Friends,

    It’s crunch time. As of the time of this comment, only $30 has come in.

    Patrick

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  4. Nothing is free and I think your readers know this. So, I will chip in what I can, as all readers should!

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  5. Wizzard7: Wizzard7

    You have been a stalwart, Wizzard7.

    Patrick

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  6. I threw some money your way, please keep this service up and running.

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  7. Thank you so much, mirele.

    Patrick

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  8. Have received an additional $5. Thank you, Reader.

    Patrick

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  9. Mr. Editor,

    Is there any way you can set up a voluntary monthly subscription method for those of us who would like to make a monthly contribution?

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  10. Lil Ol’ Radical Me: Mr. Editor,

    Is there any way you can set up a voluntary monthly subscription method for those of us who would like to make a monthly contribution?

    It’s already there, LORM. Thanks for asking. When you see the PayPal screen, look for the checkbox that denotes a recurring subscription.

    Patrick

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  11. Patrick, just for information sake, do you take any other methods such as a payment processor or western union?

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  12. Hello John,

    PayPal is the only method. I simply do not feel confident with other methods.

    Regardless, I appreciate your question and your participation on the Blog.

    Thank you.

    Patrick

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  13. Thank you Patrick for keeping us updated on all the scams and vermin. You fight the good fight. Need more people like you. Wish I had donated sooner.

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