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The Great ‘Dwarf Planet’ Scam Perpetrated By The Supposedly August International Astronomical Union (IAU).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From MY book. Click on cover image above.


That table above, from my 2011 book ‘Dwarf Planets‘, contains all the background you need to understand this scam.

So, this was from a book published 9-years ago. Also in the table we have 5 (& only 5) Dwarf Planets — the last of which, Humea, was designated as such in September 2008.

September 2008 is coming up to 12-years.

In those 12-years the IAU has not designated any other Dwarf Planets.

We had 5 Dwarf Planets in Sept. 2008, we still have 5 Dwarf Planets in June 2020.

NO. NO. NO.

Dwarf Planets, of course, are very different from Planets. That is why Pluto was reclassified a Dwarf.

Yes, we don’t have many planets & yes, the last was discovered a very, very long time ago.

Not so with Dwarfs. We have THOUSANDS that appear to meet the criteria. They have LONG LISTS of possible Dwarf Candidates.

But, the IAU has not done anything in terms of expanding the pool of Dwarfs since 2008.

And therein lies the scam.


It would appear that the IAU has had second — if not third, fourth or fifth — thoughts about Dwarf Planets.

It would appear that they think that they screwed up. But, they are too august & proud to say that. So, instead they are hoping to atrophy the issue & category.

Well, I, for one, will not let that happen.

So, now YOU know.



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Roku Has To Be Held Complicit In This ‘CaliGeeks’ Activation Scam.

by Anura Guruge


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I have had a Roku for 5-years. I use it everyday. I am BIG Roku fan — and I am also a very happy Roku shareholder. SMILE.

But, this scam, which has been going on for 2-years or more, does not sit well with I.

Roku has to be complicit. Plain & simple as that.

Roku could take steps to fix it.

Roku could put a BIG banner on the activation screen saying “NO ACTIVATION FEES”.

Roku could provide a hotline for those that are asked to pay.

Roku should be held responsible.

This is beneath Roku.

I am disappointed. I hope Roku fixes this ASAP.

 


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ASUS (US) PC Support Making False FedEx Shipping Damage Claims Using Bogus Pictures — We Have The Proof.

by Anura Guruge


Message on ASUS on Facebook.
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Original e-mail from ASUS demanding $24.75.


Final $0.00 bill once they realized that the game was up.

They are now saying that charged FedEx for the damage.

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The ASUS (US) PC Support scam seems very well planned, executed, shameless and corrupt.

When they can’t get money from the customer they are making a claim against FedEx,

  1. Why didn’t they make the FedEx claim earlier and just tell us that FedEx was paying?
    …..
  2. Are they making FedEx claims even when the customer pays?
    ….

In our case we are 100% sure that there was NO Damage.

The 6-week old laptop was sent in because it was dead. Dead. Would not power up. That is what we wanted fixed.

If the case was truly damaged they could still have fixed the Windows Power Up issue and send us the laptop back — with the damage.

This scam unraveled for ASUS when I called their bluff and said “OK, so if you have pictures of our laptop being unboxed — showing damage — send it to me“. Our laptop had a lot of unique stickers on it. You can’t miss it. They realized that they had been caught out. They had NO pictures.

Our laptop was not damaged.

SCAM.

They making false FedEx claims as to be a crime — I would think. I, alas, can’t pursue that. Only FedEx can.

I will do my best to get FedEx to look into this. I will happily give FedEx all the evidence we have.Th….


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ASUS (US) PC Support, Caught, Red-Handed, With Photographic Proof, Of Trying To Cheat Us!

by Anura Guruge


Pictures sent by ASUS PC support in November 2019 CLAIMING
‘Customer Induced Damage’ (CID) on our PC
and demanding $24.75 to honor the warranty and fix the PC.

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Actual pictures of our PC, an ASUS VivoBook F510UA,
after they returned it, a couple of days ago, FIXED
and at NO CHARGE.

Notice that even the color is different. Notice missing ‘foot pad’.

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Notice, NOT the same!


Original e-mail from ASUS demanding $24.75.


Final $0.00 bill once they realized that the game was up.
Now they are trying to play ‘nicey-nice’ HOPING that we will keep quiet.

NO CHANCE! 

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So, let me take you through the sequence of events — in pithy bullet form fashion.

  1. 2-month old, ASUS VivoBook FS10UA, bought for 19-year old daughter, for College, dies. She gets an RMA and sends it to ASUS (US) PC support.
  2. She gets an e-mail (above) with two pictures and a claim that it was ‘Customer Induced Damage’ (CID), that the warranty has been invalidated, and that we need to pay $24.75 to have it fixed.
    ….
  3. We are SURE that there was NO DAMAGE when we sent it in.
    ….
  4. I do the post below (November 21, 2019). I repost it on Facebook & Twitter and tag ASUS.
    ASUS, on Facebook, responds, gives me this phone number, 855-714-0471, and tells me to call them.
    That was on November 22, 2019.
    I call.They tell me that PC support will have pictures of our PC being unboxed and that these pictures will show the ‘Customer Induced Damage’ (CID).
    They say they can send me the pictures. I ask them to do so because by then we had worked out that we had stickers on our PC that would show us whether this was our PC or not.
    They said I should have the pictures by November 25, 2019.
    …….
  5. THEY NEVER SENT THE PICTURES.….

  6. They contacted my daughter and said that they are going to fix it and return it for FREE. SMILE.
    ….
  7. Last Friday, December 13, 2019, nearly a month since this all started, the PC arrived via FedEx. NO CHARGE.
    ….
  8. We checked the PC against the two CID pictures they had sent us.
    ….
  9. DID NOT MATCH. Their pictures were of some other PC.
    ……..
  10. This was a TOTAL SCAM on their part.….

  11. When they realized that their game was up they gave up and tried to play nice.
    ….
  12. That is NOT going to work.
    ….
  13. We did a LOT of research. This SCAM has been perpetrated on many others. We want to make sure that this does NOT happen again.
  14. I have already contacted ASUS FB — who appear to be decent and responsive.
    ….
  15. We will post this wherever and we will contact as many pertinent authorities as we can.
    ….
  16. This has to STOP...
    ……
  17. ASUS has to be held accountable.
    ….

  18. ASUS has to compensate ALL those it has scammed.
    ….

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ASUS (US) Support Appears To Resorting To Blatant Fraud To Avoid Honoring Warranties.

by Anura Guruge


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I am shocked, disappointed and frustrated. Until this, I was a HUGE, 12+ year fan of ASUS. I have bought tons of ASUS products: motherboards, tablets & PC. ‘Funnily’ (touch wood) we never had any issues with any of these. So, we never had to deal with ASUS support.

So, this is our first encounter with them. It was an ASUS VivoBook F510UA we bought for our 19-year old to take to college.

Two months later it just died. Just died.

It has taken this long to get it to ASUS Support.

It was sent with NO damages. 2-months old. It was pristine.

Now they are sending these pictures and claiming it arrived damaged. Their word against that of our daughter’s.

Seems like fraud. Not sure how we can resolve this.

Any ideas?

Yes, we are going to file a ‘Better Business Bureau’ complaint tomorrow.

Help?


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eBay: BEWARE Change Shipping Address Scam — I Got An e-Mail.

by Anura Guruge


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So, finally sold this Canon lens yesterday. Reasonably happy with price.


THEN got this e-mail this morning!


Just looked dodgy. Reminded me of some of the old Craigslist scams.

So, I Googled. BINGO.




Luckily I did NOT fall for it. There was no way I was going to bypass the eBay automated process for printing shipping labels.

Just wanted to give YOU a Heads Up.

OK?


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‘Hotstar US’ Is NOT To Be Trusted. $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer Is FAKE.

by Anura Guruge


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Hotstar US has NO intentions whatsoever of honoring the $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer!

That they have a dedicated option (press 2) on their Voice Response System just for those calling about the Amazon Gift Card offer is a dead giveaway.

So, this is how their scam works.

They will claim that you subscribed using a PROMO CODE that did NOT include the Gift Card! As far as they are concerned matter closed.

So, you are screwed.

Very dishonest, disreputable company.

They are helping propagate the stereotype (à la Simpsons Appu) that Indians are dishonest. That is why I go out of my way to point out to folks that I am NOT Indian (that all 3 million of the Hindu gods (most of whom are also duplicitous in their own cute ways)).

From what I can see Hotstar US has NO US presence. I was going to file a claim with the ‘Better Business Bureau’. But, you can’t. They are NOT in the US. This was probably another reason that they opted for this scam. It is a STRAIGHT online scam.

Simply put they are nothing but thieving bastards. Stay away from them. Don’t let them scam YOU.


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B&H’s Nikon Z Series Trade-In Event Impresses Me None. They Are Just Trying To Harvest Contact Information.

by Anura Guruge



I, sad to say, have never been a fan of B&H. Maybe if I lived in New York and had access to one of their stores.

I have never had any joy with them. I would rather deal with Amazon, when it comes to electronics, any day of the week.

I have, alas, been suckered into previous trade-in SCAMS by B&H. They are not dealing in good faith. From what I can see there are just trying to get your contact information and then say that they are not interested in your trade-in.

So, I am not going to bother, though I do have a rather nice Sony a7 II to trade-in. Instead, I am going to sell it myself. I hate being scammed.


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I Had Not Heard That Garmin Had Been Embezzled To The Tune Of $1.2 Million!

by Anura Guruge


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Yikes. I had NOT heard of this and I, in addition to owning a fair amount of Garmin, am an actual Garmin shareholder (and I own a respectable amount of shares (enough to write multiple option contracts)). I only came across it when I was researching the new Actigraph partnership.

Garmin is a BILLION dollar company so this is not that huge, but it is significant. They probably have to sell 6,000 Garmin Fenix 5s to make a $1.2 million profit.

Rather embarrassing.

Just factor this in the next time you try to contact Garmin support.


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