Scamming the Scammers #7: Not scammers?

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I didn’t reply to the email below, this was the final correspondence I had with the ‘scammers’. I didn’t figure out for sure if they were scammers or employees working for Amazon KDP, however, the email below seems to be fairly conclusive. I’ll leave it up to all of you to decide. In any case, if it is actually Amazon, perhaps this will serve as a lesson to them to not spam customers with mass emails if they not entirely sure as to whether or not they will be relevant. In this instance, they were not. I have never published anything with Amazon Kindle, and while I do have an account, I have never used it.

This was fun and I hope you all gained some enjoyment from it, as well as, the previous emails I have received from actual scam artists. We may return to this series in the future if I do receive any spam email that manages to infiltrate my email. However, just like ‘Grappler’s Choice’, this series will be on indefinite hiatus.

I am not sure what is next for this blog, or if anyone actually reads it all (do people even read blogs anymore?) but I will continue to post entries here and there if anything interesting in my life is worth writing about.

Thanks for reading

– Christian Reeve


Hello Tyrian,

I appreciate you getting back to us.

You are speaking with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). A division of Amazon. We provide a platform for authors and publishers alike, to make their work accessible to the world.

In most cases, our members contact us from their account or from an email address associated with their account. If they do either of the two, we can then see exactly what is going on and whether or not they have books published. Now, because you have contacted us from an unknown source, our systems cannot verify who you and therefore, renders no results hence the reason for us asking you to provide us with your account information.

Furthermore, the email you received about Singapore tax withholding information was a mass email which we sent to all who possess an account with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This email was to let you know that “IF” you are considering publishing a book and making it available within our Amazon Indian Marketplace, that you will incur a 10% withholding rate on any royalties you make for books sold there.

I assure you that we are who we say we are Tyrian.

If you have any further questions, let us know.

I wish you a good day further.

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Did I solve your problem?

If yes, please click here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/survey?p=A3MWV7357RALQG&k=hy

If no, please click here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/survey?p=A3MWV7357RALQG&k=hn


 

Scamming the Scammers #6: The Big Reveal!

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Ok, so I’m quite confused as to what these people actually want. I decided to just keep making this as ridiculous as possible. This time, we’ve exposed the truth to the scammers, hoping that they might do the same….


Scammers:

Hello Tyrian,

Greetings from Kindle Direct Publishing. This is Azara – a Senior Support Specialist here at KDP.

In your email you state that this (christianreeve93@gmail.com) is the account where your title has been published and where royalties are being accrued. However, when searching our systems, I was not able to locate any account under this email address.

I then also searched our systems by your name Tyrian Williamson, which rendered no results as well. For this reason, we have been requesting that you resend your inquiry from the email address associated with your KDP account.

For us to better assist you, are you able to provide an ASIN for your title? Or any other information that could help us locate your account?

I’m so sorry for the trouble this has caused and sincerely appreciate your time and assistance in this matter.

Regards,

Azara A.
Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com


My Response:

To Azara, Shiv, Ganesh M, Azar A, Athens R, Chunky and Waseem.

It would seem at this point that I could send you anything and you would
only read and respond to 5% of it.
Alas,tis true. Tyrian is my writing name. The account you seek 
does exist, though I have not published anything under it.
Yes, I am exposing myself. But since we’re getting everything out in the open,
why don’t you tell me who you really are? Because I know for a fact that I am not corresponding with Amazon, for they would know that I have not published anything, and would have my records and be able to successfully locate my email.
Additionally, they would know that I did not express any interest in ‘making my content available’ in Singapore.
So, who are you guys then?
Regards,
Big T

Scamming the Scammers #5: Tyrian gets serious!


Hello,

To help us protect your account security, please resend your request from the email address associated with your KDP account.

If someone else published your book for you, you can ask them to contact us from the email address they used to publish your book.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

Regards,

Shiv
Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com


Perhaps I went too far with this email, then again, we are conversing with scam artists.


To Shiv, Ganesh M, Azar A, Athens R, Chunky and Waseem

I have already re-sent it from THIS ACCOUNT, due to the fact that
THIS ACCOUNT is associated with the KDP account.
 
I PUBLISHED  the book and NOBODY ELSE DID.
 
I have made things as clear as I possibly can, please re-read this email and my other
emails to you. I would like my royalties, plus interest and compensation, please.
Regards,
Tyrian Williamson

Scamming the Scammers #4: The KDP Crew is growing!

Ok so I’m currently conversing with a wizard called Azar, or maybe it’s Azlan’s cousin from ”The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe”, it’s hard to tell.

I cannot decide whether or not I’m making myself abundantly clear in my emails, I mean, I’ve stated that I have the same email address for my KDP account, so when am I gonna get my royalties from Singapore.


**Same email address as before**

Hello  Tyrian,

I understand that you are concerned about the accrued royalties in your account.

To help us protect your account security and to check the royalties pending in your account, please resend your request from the email address associated with your KDP account.

Unless you write to us from the email address associated with the KDP account, we cannot check the royalties in your account. If you forgot the email address associated with your KDP account write back to us with the ASIN of your book. So that we will be able to find your account and email to the correct account.

If someone else published your book for you, you can ask them to contact us from the email address they used to publish your book.

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

Regards,

Azar A
Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com


My response:

To Azar A,

Ok firstly, I’m struggling to keep track of everyone I’m in correspondence with.
I’d like to hear back from Athens R, Chunky and Waseem.
Secondly, I can confirm for the 3rd/4th time now that this email address I am
conversing with you on right now, is definitely the email address associated with
the account. How else would you have contacted me otherwise?,  I would not
have connected a random email address with my account.
Please send me the royalties that I am owed, this is really unacceptable customer service.
I have never received such awful customer service in all my time. I am a co-creator after all!
I produce content for you which is highly popular in the Singapore market!
Send me what is owed to me.
Regards
Tyrian Williamson

I received this response this morning (30/03/2017)


Hello,

I’m very sorry for any frustration this issue has caused.

I would love to help you and resolve the issue but for that we have to gather the required additional information to provide an accurate and expedient resolution.

Please reply to this message with your phone number and a convenient time (next 2 days) that you want us to call you, so we’ll be able to call you discuss this issue further and help you.

Thanks for your patience and co-operation while we fix the issue for you.

………………………………………………………
Did I solve your problem?

If yes, please click here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/survey?p=A1HMDM85WA792&k=hy

If no, please click here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/survey?p=A1HMDM85WA792&k=hn
………………………………………………………

Regards,

Ganesh. M
Kindle Direct Publishing
http://kdp.amazon.com


To which I replied:


**Since the person I speak to changes with every email, I shall address this email to all of you**

To Ganesh M, Azar A, Athens R, Chunky and Waseem.
This is ridiculous, but fine, here is my contact number: 0300 123 2040.
You can contact me today at anytime, I will be awaiting your call.
No, you have not solved my issue, therefore I will not be filling out any surveys at this time.
Only when you have successfully sent me my royalty payments, then I will fill out one
of your surveys,
Regards,
Tyrian Williamson

Google the number 😉

Scamming The Scammers!

So today I discovered a British man named ‘James Veitch’ who writes hilarious email responses to spammers on his account. I stumbled across it, liked his videos and decided to subscribe to a Youtube channel that he was featured on. If you’re not familiar with him, I highly recommend checking out his playlist ‘Scamalot’ on ‘Mashable’s Youtube page (You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZlYFlyDNkI&index=1&list=PLSKUhDnoJjYmeW6nNasZSaVAGh4u91pEk)

In a strange turn of events, I received my first ever spam email through my Gmail account today. This has never happened before, and my spam filter is usually excellent at filtering out all these emails, so I am essentially unaware of the spam emails I receive.

The email was from a lady named ‘ Flora D. Darpino’ and it read as follows:


Hello Dear.
I feel great to hear from you again, my name is Flora D. Darpino, am 43 years old but single, i am a USA Military / NATO, from United State Of America, but i am presently in Yemen for fighting with terrorist and peace keeping in the world. Sincerely, i want to establish a true relationship that may lead into good things in life or something else with you, is my pleasure meeting you. I hope all is well with you and how are you enjoying your day,

Well, i am a USA Military Officer currently in Yemen now, fighting with terrorist and peace keeping, i will like to get acquainted with you. I am loving, honest and caring person with a good sense of humor. I enjoy reading, working, traveling, meeting new people and knowing their way of life. I enjoy watching the sea waves and the beauty of the mountains, and everything that nature has to offer. Please, 
tell me about you, your likes and dislike, i am still single at the age of 43 years, it is very nice to know and be your friend, wishing you all the best, thank you as i still wait to read from you.

Yours,
Flora D. Darpino

I thought it was a little weird to be receiving this and I did a quick google search on the name and found this website among several others: http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93525 detailing various instances of this scam, so I thought I would take James Veitch’s advice and respond to the scammer.

Here’s my first response:

”Hello dearest,

It is great to hear from you too, I was beginning to think you would never reply!. My name is Christian. I am 18 years old, and also single!. I’m a student from the United Kingdom. All is absolutely magnifico with me!. My day has been positively spiffing 🙂
Well, where can I start!. I love cute animals, muscle cars, charity events, helping the elderly and chess.
I dislike very few things, but if I had to pick a few it would be: immigration, health tourism, and potholes.
Cannot wait to hear your response,
Yours faithfully,
Mr Reeve”

Let the games begin!
– Christian Reeve

Weird Dreams

Unbeknown to me, I’ve been having weird dreams as of late.

I’ve been trying to think of interesting things to blog about that are (A) Interesting in some way and (B) actually worth reading about. It’s very easy to fall into a repetitive pattern of producing something for the purpose of entertainment, because you think other people will enjoy it, rather than simply doing it for yourself. Therefore, I thought I’d blog today about something we all share: dreams.

People seem to always attempt to find meanings in their dreams, and there are thousands of books and websites that discuss this topic, but I think that sometimes dreams are just there to give you some crazy, reimagined reality – where there are no rules, only the ones you set. Maybe it’s to counterbalance the feelings of restrictiveness we feel in our day-to-day lives.

With that in mind, I woke up from a dream this morning whereby I was at a party of some description. It was a very warm and cozy atmosphere, the kind of setting you would expect around the Christmas season. I was talking to party guests, whilst occasionally looking at various stands and platters of food that had been prepared and laid out around the room.

It was an impressive display, and I was admiring it for awhile until the catering staff at the party called me (by name) over to a door that presumably led to the kitchens and staff areas. Immediately I thought it was weird to be called over by name, I wondered how they knew my name. I also thought it strange that the party had catering staff. I had assumed that the food was prepared by chefs elsewhere and that they had not been there in person. I proceeded to follow the two men who had called me over to them.

I followed them through a wide, white corridor through to a staff staging area, I remember seeing people running around and preparing things, but my attention was predominately focused upon a gigantic wooden sled that was in the middle of the room. I was very confused at what was going on, and even more surprised when they told me to climb on top of it and ride it into the party room. They told me to ride it straight into the room and rest it under the main table in the room, without crashing or hurting anyone.

As tends to be the nature of my dreams (I’m not sure if this is the case for anyone else) the dream then cut to me being helped onto the sled (similar to how movies sometimes cut to a new scene, e.g. Star Wars). I started to ride it at a great speed, and could not understand how on earth I was able to control it, given that it was a huge sled, at least ten times the size of me! I burst through the doors of the main room and parked the sled right under the table. I had achieved it by some miracle, and it looked very cool!

I remember feeling elated in the dream, as though the moment was very cool to both experience and watch, but I also remember feeling a sense of accomplishment, as though proud that I had achieved what the staff had told me to do.

So there you go, that was my dream this morning. Let me know what you think!

Kind regards

– Christian Reeve

 

My new book! & and an update

Hi all!,

It’s been awhile so I decided to let you know what I’m doing now and where my focus will be from now on. I thoroughly enjoyed working for Give Me Sport as a Contributing Writer, together with, producing my own wrestling blog here ‘Grappler’s Choice’ however I found that I started to not enjoy doing any of it anymore as it took up a lot of time (bearing in mind you need to stay updated with everything going on in the wrestling world, which is a 24/7 industry!) and I found that I was not enjoying actually watching wrestling anymore, it became a chore and that’s when I knew I should probably call it a day.

It’s not a big deal and I know I didn’t have some huge following to disappoint, but all the same, if there were any fans of the blog or my Give Me Sport page, then I’m sorry. I’m keeping it all open, so I may take it on again in the future, but for now, I’m going to stop.

Aside from all that, this time has allowed me to focus on my personal life, my studies and working, but more importantly for me, it’s allowed me to continue with my poetry work, something I’m very passionate about.

So after a long time deliberating over the quality and general likeability of it, my third poetry ebook is now available online! I am very happy to get the ball rolling again on my poetry, and I have more to come in this area!

You can purchase my new ebook ‘Realisations’ here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/christian-reeve/realisations/ebook/product-22865142.html

As for this blog, I’m not sure where to take it, there are many things I’m interested in writing about, but I’m not sure what I want to focus on. I will probably open this up more and make it open to all kinds of topics (not just wrestling aha!), and maybe that will make for an interesting read.

But in any case, if there is anyone that reads this blog and likes my work, let me know what you’d like to read about here.

Thanks again

All the best

– Christian Reeve

Grappler’s Choice #18: Chris Jericho ‘Heel Master’

Chris Jericho’s recent heel turn has been absolutely fantastic. Jericho has always suited the heel character much more, it comes very naturally to him and this time around has been no exception.

Jericho 2016

It’s amazing how repeating certain phrases such as recent one ‘I am the best in the world at what I do, do you understand what I’m saying to you right now’ is an excellent example of the arrogance he’s able to achieve with this character.

I think one of Jericho’s key strengths in the delivery of quotes such as those aforementioned one, is how he delivers them to other superstars. He seems to be playing on his veteran status, using it as a way of being condescending toward other superstars on the roster. It’s especially brilliant when he adds little insults like ”Idiot!!, You Stupid Idiot!!’ or another variation on that, I guess what makes it makes it work in particular is how Jericho says it, delivery is everything!

Twitter King

One thing in particular that compelled me to write about this was how Jericho has been responding to fans on Twitter, it’s absolutely brilliant! He is very consistent with his character on social media. Here’s an example:

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Why it works

It’s all playful and he doesn’t go overboard with it, but it works and it isn’t forced at all. This is what a successful heel character does. I have only seen a few superstars in WWE right now who have mastered it, but more often than not, they are veterans.

Kevin Owens is another good example, however, he’s a veteran on the independent circuit, and has had years of experience working as a heel. I guess what I’m saying is that any younger superstars who are currently working on a heel character, should look to these guys for inspiration.

Kevin Owens is another good example, however, he’s a veteran on the independent circuit, and has had years of experience working as a heel. I guess what I’m saying is that any younger superstars who are currently working on a heel character, should look to these guys for inspiration.

It’s interesting how quickly Jericho can win over fans or achieve major heat. When Jericho introduced a heel turn, this time around, it was in the form of a betrayal to AJ Styles, subsequently ending their tag team partnership as ‘Y2AJ’ and beginning a feud between the two.

The episode where it occurred seemed to leave many fans angry and disappointed with the angle, I remember seeing many of fans mouthing things such as ‘Why?, or what’s the point?’, especially considering the fact that their new tag team partnership was seemingly very popular with fans and the fact that it hadn’t lasted very long.

With all that being said, it was quickly forgotten, and the heel Jericho we all love to hate was introducing that new quote I mentioned earlier, and generally achieving greater and greater heat every week.

I think the key to Jericho’s success as a heel is confidence. He is simply not afraid to say anything to anyone, he even tells the crowd to shut up. His recent quote where he says ‘I give you the gift of Jericho, drink it in’ works especially well to this effect.

Keep doing what you do Jericho, face or heel, you’re a brilliant superstar.

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‘The Gift Of Jericho Pose’

– Christian Reeve