(DALLAS, TX) Consumer Team host Pete Thomson calls the internet a modern day version of the “wild, wild west”. According to Thomson, “It’s like Dodge City in the 1800s. Every day the medicine wagon rolls into town with a different deal, and every one of them are guaranteed to make you rich, debt free and with a full head of hair to boot. The modern day internet scammer makes Mr. Haney (from the Green Acres TV sitcom) look like Andrew Carnegie” It’s so bad, according to Thomson, that The Consumer Team radio program is be dedicating airtime to exposing what he calls, The Big Scam.
The Consumer Team is Exposing 'The Big Scam'
Pete Thomson is a veteran consumer advocacy journalist. He’s hosted consumer radio programs for over a decade. His current program, The Consumer Team, is heard Saturdays on KRLD Radio, Dallas, Texas. Thomson says he’s been critical of scams for years but that the proliferation of internet-based hoaxes has motivated him to increase his program’s focus on bad consumer deals. Thomson added, “I grew up in Charles City, Iowa in the 1960s. Back then, life and especially your consumer life, was pretty simple. You shopped locally, knew all the retailers and when something broke the business owner made things right. Now, and largely because of the web, the scammers can hide behind websites that look honest and upstanding on the surface. Dig a little deeper and the evil starts to show.”
On recent Consumer Team broadcasts, Thomson cited several web-based business models that he thinks are questionable. Thomson voiced concern about the many services offering to clean up and speed up personal computers. Thomson said, “A good number of these companies are a fraud. We interviewed Andrew Cunningham with www.arstechnica.com, a leading tech website. His recent article confirmed our suspicions that many of the companies advertising to improve PC speed and remove malware are ineffective or even malware themselves.” Thomson added that many of these scam offers are targeting older consumers through talk radio and late night television. Click here to read Cunningham’s article from arstechnia.com
The Consumer Team is also critical of a consumer gripe site called Scambook.com Thomson called Scambook’s business model ‘very troubling.’ He added, “On the surface Scambook.com looks like the good guys. They’re giving disgruntled consumers a forum to complain about bad deals from retailers. However, dig a little deeper and you discover that Scambook is really a business that’s built to profit from requiring businesses to pay high fees in order to get negative consumer comments removed from the Scambook.com website. Even more suspicious looking is the fact that one of Scambook’s founders is an attorney who works in class action lawsuits.” For more information on Scambook’s business model and the mounting number of complaints being made about the business, Thomson recommends watching a recent investigative report from WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Thomson said, “The WMAQ piece was well done. It shines a light on these guys and exposes the truth.” Thomson added that there are numerous sites devoted to exposing Scambook’s business practices.
So what is Thomson asking consumers to do? Thomson commented, “The first thing all of us need to do is dig deeper on any business we’re about to do business with. Slick websites and award-winning commercials can make any company look legitimate. Consumers can avoid so much heartache and pain in their consumer life by slowing down and doing their research. Information is power, especially when you’re trying to stay ahead of the scams. I invite everyone to use our website as a resource. And if that doesn’t work, email me. The Consumer Team is here to help the consumer.”
The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas. KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market. The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions. Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years. He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives. Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.
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