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Wednesday
Jan282015

For crying out loud - just stop getting scammed.

I’ve received an email from someone who has sent money to a random paypal address and are now asking me where their goods are. Apparently the people who requested the money must have said that they are associated with Techmoan.com. I have no idea what the scammers claimed to be selling. 

Let me spell this out. I do not sell anything. I do not charge for anything. I do not want your money. 

The way that this website works is as follows. I buy things. I make youtube videos about those things. I then link the video description box back to Techmoan.com where I have useful links or sample clips. It’s the simplest idea in the world.

The way I make money is from the youtube and website adverts that are automatically served by Google Adsense, as well as from any purchases made via the affiliated ebay and Amazon links you’ll find under each article. That’s it. Nothing else. 

If a manufacturer of a product wants to contact me (I’ve stopped interacting with resellers) then there is a CONTACT ME box on the ABOUT page. This sends me an email. If I respond to the email, the response will only come from the domain @TECHMOAN.COM. 

Just in case you don't know how a scam works, you may recall the bloke who sold the Eiffel Tower for scrap or the chaps who sold the Statue of Liberty, or Tower Bridge. Those items weren’t really for sale and the person ‘selling’ them was not acting on behalf of the true owners. Anyone who paid money to acquire those items will have lost it 

Scams nowadays are easier because the internet means that there's no need for face to face contact. So there is nothing to stop someone setting up the email address HRHTheQueen@GMAIL and then offering to sell the Crown Jewels for a tenner.  It’s highly unlikely that you would fall for that, so don’t fall for someone setting up a I’mTechmoanHonestGuv@GMAIL and asking for your money or products. 

I never actively ask anyone to send me anything. All contacts are first made as incoming messages from the CONTACT ME form on this website.  

All I want to do is make videos and I really don’t need this extra nonsense. The last thing I want to receive when I’m sat at my desk (doing my day job) is an angry email threatening to get the police on me and shut down the website. 

This is a one-man website - I’m that man. I do everything here, my name is Mat. The person who emailed me apparently sent their money to two people called Adam and Jamie - neither of those are me. You may have seen the warning I posted on my website last year about a scammer using the email address techmoanreviews@gmail that isn’t me either.

All you have to remember is that I just make videos and you don’t have to pay me anything. If you want to give your money to a random stranger, then put it in their hand in the street, don’t send it to a paypal address for someone you’ve never met or researched. 

I don't do Facebook, I rarely post anything to @Techmoan on Twitter (other than automatic youtube updates) and I have just one youtube account (youtube.com/techmoan). 

Now please let me get back to making videos...that's all I've ever wanted to do since I started this back in 2009. 

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Reader Comments (35)

It was you you bastard! I cleared a bookshelf in anticipation of the Crown Jewels, I even invited family to come and view them, imagine how embarrassed I was only being able to display an empty shelf. I want my tenna back!

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulian

@Mat The reason I spell Mat as Mat and not the more traditional Matt is so that it would fit into the High Score tables in 1980s arcade games. Also I think if I'm shortening something then I may as well drop the extra silent T.

January 29, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It's remarkably easy to extract money from a fool . . .

(and of course it's never their fault)

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I am sorry to hear for your troubles. I am a big fan of yours (I believe just like many of us here), it's a pitty one gets hard time for anotherones mistakes. I hope that this will still leave you good vibe for upcoming reviews.

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrh

Keep up the good work Mat always love reading your review and wit mate .. as Barnum and Bailey use to say "Theirs a sucker born every minute" even though this saying was actually done by David Hannum regarding Barnum haha but you get the gis

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTin

Dont't let the bastards get you down. If they are that stupid they deserve to get scammed.
Ive been watching your vids for years. They are superb and I hope you keep going for many years to come.
Great work.

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Devanney

See the plus side - You're famous!. Enough to be used by scammers anyway - Nobody is ever going to do that with me.

Now then I have this friend in Nigeria ..............

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi Mat,
I just sent $100 Australian dollars to your PayPal account (that's worth about 3 pounds at the moment). When is my virtual widget going arrive?
Seriously though, your reviews are world renowned and becoming industry standard in dashcam world. Keep up the great work. I am an Aussie Vicavation reseller so I'll understand if you don't reply :-)

Chris

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Keep up the great work, Mat. Those of us who are tech-savvy enough to know a scam when they see it will continue to enjoy your reviews.

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Bugger , that explains why the delivery of Tower Bridge is taking so long......

January 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdave

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