My Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Scammers, Scoundrels, ALOA Security Professionals Association & Britney Spears? Part #3 - Truth in Advertising
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According to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices we find the following.
Deceptive Acts or Practices
An act or practice is deceptive where -
• A representation, omission, or practice misleads or is likely to mislead the consumer;
• A consumer’s interpretation of the representation, omission, or practice is considered reasonable under the circumstances; and
• The misleading representation, omission, or practice is material.
Some acts or practices may violate both the FTC Act and other federal or state laws. If a possible violation of the FTC Act is found, the examiner should consider whether other statutory or regulatory violations have occurred. Many statutes forbid unfair and deceptive acts and practices, others use the terms "false and fraudulent" or "misleading".
Originally, I was going to title Part #3 of our journey - The FTC & Banjoman15, Tuneman & Screamingfinger, but I wasn't sure I could explain what a ScreamingFinger was to the reader without laughing out loud. In Part #2, we introduced Rain Barclift, General Manager of L&L Lead Service. Rain struck me as a Paul Finch type from the movie American Pie. With a name like Rain Barclift, I was expecting to find him at a local country club with an air of sophistication around him. Sadly, things didn't turn out this way as I took another turn down the rabbit hole.
During our travels in Part #1 & 2 we pretty much come to the conclusion that parties mentioned are all connected to each other as well as all the company names referenced. In short, the finger is pointing at them and it isn't so much the screamingfinger as much as the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate. The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate is an award, saluting actual dubious achievements by the government or famous people. Dubious, what a word! Just the way that it sounds and rolls off your tongue makes you think of something special, but it is more of the opposite. According to Websters Dictionary the Synonyms for dubious are, debatable, disputable, dodgy, doubtable, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, fishy, problematic, queer, questionable, shady, shaky,
Rain Barclift has a name so unique that the odds of finding someone on YouTube using the name "Rain B" and having videos which are directly related to 911 Locksmith or any locksmiths service would be virtually impossible. But sure enough we see a YouTube channel for Rain "B", and we already have seen his coworkers who go by the names, Jessica K, and Liz T, so why not Rain B?
In the darkness of the rabbit hole we find glowing testimonials from consumers speaking about services they received from a locksmith company. These appear to be directly connected to L&L Lead Service by nature of the fact that the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate is pointing to how they all seem to be connected is some way. In Rain B's YouTube channel there are videos for Locksmith Charlotte, Locksmiths Little Rock, Locksmith Greenville, Locksmith El Paso and then there is a guy who calls himself "George Willingham".
Georgie Boy is giving a shout out testimonial to "Mark" praising him for "great work" on the door in his home. George also states he found Mark on www.LocksmithLocal.net and sure enough, Rain B's video is on their webpage. Can you say Dubious? If we look back at www.911locksmithservices.com we find another testimonial from Georgie Boy, a "customer" no less. He sure does get around and needs a lot of lock work on that house of his, ya think?
Will the real George Willingham please stand up!?!? Georgie Boy is not who he claims to be. He is a paid "actor" so to speak. A guy who for $5 (gig) will do things for you like create real looking testimonials.
George Willingham is otherwise known as "Banjoman15" on www.fiver.com which was founded by Micha Kaufman of New York. Fiverr is a really cool website and there are some very creative opportunity's to be found there. We find in our journey Banjoman15, AKA George Willingham whose real name is "Chuck" from best I can tell and he appears to be popular!
As we examine more of what "Rain B" is sharing on his YouTube channel we find "Tuneman" representing a customer testimonial for /www.locksmithgreenville.net/testimonials
If all this is not enough, we finally come to learn just what is a "ScreamingFinger"! It is yet another Fiverr actor for hire, however he is simply providing a paid advertisement for www.locksmithsincharlottenc.net.& http://www.locksmithgreenville.net. However, "Brian" as he is identified in the video is listed as being the General Manager. Hmmm, B-RIAN & RAIN-B.....very interesting!!
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Well our journey in rabbit hole for Part #3 is over and we will soon be departing into Part #4 and we may find more than a ScreamingFinger or a Flying Fickle Finger of Fate. I wonder if the locksmiths are "giving their finger" to those Locksmiths You Can Trust, in Part #1 of this journey.
Dubious, as Artie Johnson would say.....Very interesting!
Part #4 Coming Soon!
My Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Scammers, Scoundrels, ALOA Security Professionals Association & Britney Spears? Part #4 - The House of Cards
My Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Scammers, Scoundrels, ALOA Security Professionals Association & Britney Spears? PART 2 - Getting Messy
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Part #2 -
After publishing Part #1 of this journey (which you must read first to follow along), I experienced a communication which basically suggested I got it all wrong, that the facts as I have encountered them are not facts at all or could be explained. Well, we are in a rabbit hole and what should we expect? It was suggested to me that my personal journey be retracted to avoid "things getting messy." I am not sure how I can retract the facts I encountered, and I have even offered for someone to point out what is not factually correct. Nobody has.
So I have decided to continue my journey with you all and clean house since I don't want anything being "messy". Take my hand again and PAY ATTENTION, because I don't want any stragglers left behind. I see many locksmiths clinging to ignorance in order to avoid the reality of this journey. Ignorance is bliss for some. The information provided is real and factual.
My Journey into the Rabbit Hole of Scammers, Scoundrels, ALOA Security Professionals Association & Britney Spears?
To go "down the rabbit hole" is to enter a period of chaos or confusion. It is a metaphor for the conceptual path which is thought to lead to the true nature of reality. Infinitesimally deep and complex, venturing too far down is probably not that great of an idea. Therefore, it is commonly used as an expression or euphuism for a portal to bizarro world, significantly strange happenings, and extremely surreal situations, etc. A complex matrix full of allusions and illusion.
As in the story of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, where Alice follows the White Rabbit down a hole and comes upon a great hallway lined with doors, I found myself one day staring into a portal, a hole, a cyber doorway and thought to myself...should I? Will I be prepared to pass through a doorway and take on a journey into the darkness?
While relaxing in a hammock on a warm summers day, reading several emails I came across a message that read - "Is ALOA & the Scammers one in the same?" from a concerned locksmith. Considering that David Peer was a member and ALOA Security Professionals Association Inc. (ALOA SPAI) President Tom Demont referred to these scammers in a Keynotes magazine editorial as "scumbags", the question captured my interested since it is not possible to have things both ways. You can't call people scumbags while they are or were your own members and you certainly can't engage in a strategy of feeding the news media, local and state legislators or the locksmith community a narrative that ultimately comes back at you!
Before replying to the person who contacted me, I decided to clear my mind and allow myself to be open to new experiences and to let myself follow wherever I would be led in trying to find an answer to the question.
Much like Alice's encounter with the White Rabbit who she had followed into the rabbit hole, I found myself peering into a "portal" that unwittingly took me on a journey that was so shocking, and enlightening that I found myself pondering if this was a dream or a parallel fictional universe of a Lewis Carroll novel.
If you are the adventurous type, take my hand and I will share my journey with you!
WARNING! - You will experience a phenomena that departs from the conventional rules of the real world. The plunge into this rabbit hole represents a plunge into deep, constantly changing transformations that you must pay attention and follow along. A sense of enlightenment may cause you to change what you believe to be true, or it all can be just a dream. You decide.
Down the Hole We Go! Click on ALL links, but you must return here to this blog. Click on the "READ MORE" below to continue your journey!
Tom Lynch, CRL