Gloom & Doom

I’ve been so exceedingly gloomy the last few weeks.

Gloomy. Vampires probably live here. Real ones, not that sparkling, flat-faced bitch.

Gloomy. Vampires probably live here. Real ones, not that sparkling, flat-faced bitch.

It doesn’t help that I found out that my trip to Ireland won’t be a paid vacation even though my year is up at this job in October because the company goes January to January with benefits.

And that they are working me to death and paying me shit for it. I’m quite literally a specialist in two departments and a cashier and still only get cashier pay with the only chance of a raise in October, which will be a whopping 2% of what I made in the last year…

And that people all around me are getting better jobs and getting married and moving and all of that.

I had reached a certain level of contentment earlier in the year. There was a point I had come to where I was like “oh it doesn’t matter that my job is terrible and I don’t make any money because I have a great life outside of work.”

But then that died the last two weeks.

I think I’m back on the track to being okay again, though.

Planning this trip to Ireland will really help keep me from going nuts. I just have to remind myself that each shift that I work and each day that I spend there is one drop of cash closer to going to Ireland. Because, while the trip itself is already paid for ($999 a person for 6 nights and 7 days including a rental car, hotels, and airfare), we still need spending money for food and gas and trinkets and pasties. Plenty of pasties. Actually, I just like the way that Irish people say that word.

So I’m thinking of starting a separate blog for my adventures there. We got a fancy ass camera (Canon Rebel T31) so there will be tons of pretty pictures to post. And Steven and I literally can’t go anywhere without some sort of misadventure. Especially if it involves a car.

I think I shall start it soon and go through the whole planning and countdown process as well. Won’t that be fun?

Hmm. I think I'll get white girl wasted while I write this bullshit piece on the must see aspects of...where am I again?

Hmm. I think I’ll get white girl wasted while I write this bullshit piece on the must see aspects of…where am I again?

And in connection to this new blog I’m going to take a class starting in June on Travel Writing. It seems a little hopeless to think of getting a job in something like that. Lot’s of people want to do it these days because they think that they will get to take a lot of free vacations (which is a lie) and get paid to have fun (also a lie). But I do think it could be interesting and maybe bring a lot more life and professionalism to the blog itself. And maybe I’ll be realllllllly lucky.

You never know.

On that note, I need a really catchy name for the travel blog. I was thinking of doing something related to the traveling gnome since I’m (legally) a little person. But then I figured that has been waaaaay over done. Thoughts?


2013:Year of the…?

2013 new year sparkler     Originally, I’d had high hopes for the year of 2013. I had this feeling that I was going to  do really cool things and make the most of my life, no matter what.

I’m a little torn on how that is turning out.

On one hand, I’m still working at the grocery store. Only now, I have three departments fighting over where I work every week.

On the other hand, I’ve Seen Flogging Molly with Skinny Lister in Charlotte and Mindless Self Indulgence in Atlanta. I’ve gone to the Atlanta Aquarium, gotten the boyfriend a super fancy new camera for our anniversary, and…we are going to Ireland in November.

Those are all really super things, I think.

But there’s that damn “job” getting in the way of everything. I had reached this point of contentment where I was okay with what I was doing as long as my outside like was rich and fulfilling. But it is getting to the point, once again, where I spend so much time at work and all of that time is miserable that it is becoming difficult to separate one part of my life from the other with any real success.

So I wanted to look into some tips for keeping yourself sane when you’re closer to 30 than you are to 20 (or past that, even) and still working a dead end job.

  1. Turn your phone off or to silent. This may seem like a no-brainer to some people and it may seem like an impossible dream to others. But everyone needs time to unplug their brains and not handle calls from work or desperate text messages from someone trying to get rid of their shift.
  2. Actually unplug. People are SO connected to everyone and everything all of the time these days. When I’m waiting for something or standing in line I automatically pull out my smart phone and start scrolling through Facebook, even if I just looked at it and no one has posted anything new. Or rather, they posted something new but it was just a share of that same stupid picture that has been going around for weeks or a site begging Like “BLABLABLA” if u luv ur mom. And, ain’t nobody got time for that. We need to remember to let our brains cool off from all the overwhelming, and constant, information. A quiet mind leads to a happy mind.
  3. Find an addiction. A healthy addiction. Whether that’s yoga or running or stretching or meditation or whatever. Find something to focus your mind on that allows you to become more connected to your own body. Focusing on that not only makes you physically healthier, but mentally as well.
  4. Join a group, club, volunteer organization. Too frequently I realize that I only have 2 friends and my boyfriend. ALL of the rest of my face to face human interaction is with coworkers and customers. This is enough to make anyone start to question their insanity. Especially once you start holding conversations with the flowers that you’re cutting or the candy that you’re stocking…
  5. Remember that if you are at a dead end job, like a grocery store, that no matter how much you need the money, it is just a job. It is just a grocery store, restaurant, creamery, factory, whatever. Nothing that you’re doing is life-altering to anyone else. They might think that it is…but it isn’t. And while this can be depressing, focus on the fact that this lack of real responsibility leaves you free to take classes, hang out with friends, plan a trip to Ireland, and not given any shits when a customer screams in your face.

A Quandary.

So I have this interview tomorrow. But I’m unsure of what I want to do. See it’s this marketing internship with a well-known and respected IT company. $12 an hour and 40 hours a week. Pretty sweet deal, right?

But, here’s the kicker. It’s only 60 days. At the end of the period there’s a review. If I’m doing really well and there’s a job opening they’ll give me a job. A real, business, marketing fucking job. If I do horribly, they’ll just terminate the whole thing. If I do really well and there is not a job opening…I don’t get a job…

So I realize that the only way to succeed in life is to take chances and make waves and all that. But I also realize that there are these very real things called bills. And I have quite a lot of them. And if I don’t have a job at the end of 2 months, then I don’t have a way to pay my bills. I also forfeit the raise I’m about to get at my current job, dental insurance I’m getting, and quite probably my full-time standing. I can’t take a leave of absence because I have only been there a year. My coworkers have informed me that if I leave on a good note I can get my job back in 2 months if things with this other company don’t work out. And judging by the amount of people I know there who have left and come back repeatedly, I know this to be true. Mostly. What I don’t know is that my specific job will still be there. The job as the only actual full-time cashier/respected department floater who has been depended upon for the last week to run a department while the department head was working at another store. So I could come back, lose any and all benefits, and only be working 15 hours a week. Do you see the issue?

My mother does not see the issue. She’s says to go for it. And I understand where she is coming from. But, my mother and I have always differed in the way we think about the future. As well as money. I like to know that I can pay my bills and eat my food and be what I consider to be a contributing member of the household and not a total drain on my wonderful boyfriend’s money. She responds to this with “Well, just get a different job.” Yes. Because that’s been going so well for me thus far. I actually have amazing jobs thrown at my head every day, I just find the joys of working at a service job even though I have a degree to be really rewarding… I get that too I guess. As a woman who hasn’t worked for “the man” since about 1982 when she and my dad went into business for themselves and who is currently a real estate agent who, while she works at Century 21 and technically has a boss, still essentially works for herself, she might not have the best idea of getting a job these days. Frankly getting a job in the 70’s when having a 4 year degree was still impressive and the population was a lot lower and so was the cost of living (and hitchhiking across the country was still considered relatively safe) was a bit of a different experience. I try to explain that “just getting a new job” really doesn’t exist anymore. As I ‘ve discussed I’m over qualified for a lot of things and under qualified for the rest. It becomes a matter of finding someone who is either willing to hire me even though I have too much education and experience or hire me even though I don’t have enough. Quite the gamble.

It seems like settling to stay at a job where I make just enough to get by and that is not a career. But it seems silly, also, to take a chance on something like this without the guarantee of a career. If I was still a college student, this would be a no brainer. If I was younger and still having things like my car and health insurance as well as my cell phone paid by my parents, this would be a no brainer. But as an almost 26 year old entirely on my own with an all too familiar understanding of what happens when you don’t give companies the money you owe them, I’m unsure. I guess if I take it, don’t get the job, and can’t go back to the one I have now I could go back to writing about the woes of being totally unemployed. Without the benefits of receiving unemployment…


Hurricane Sandy: Taking a Moment to Consider.

Credit: The Verge

So we all watched as hurricane Sandy ripped open the northeast at the end of October, or we were even there to witness the action in all it’s horror. I feel like all the people I know had at least some level of genuine concern for awhile. And hopefully still do, even if my Facebook feed is no longer littered with prayers and pictures. What’s really getting to me at the moment are the people I come in contact with at work. Most of our conversations involve “Hello. How are you? Is it getting colder outside? Would you like that in a bag? No you have to hit the green button as enter first. Here’s your receipt. Have a nice day!” Every once in awhile I get someone who I can actually talk to and have fun with. There’s one guy in particular who seems to come through my line every time he’s there who just cracks me up. But mostly, just vague unimportant civilities that I forget a moment later.

Now, though, I have to add “Would you like to donate money to the Red Cross for hurricane Sandy relief?” Holy shit. I get some heated responses to this one, let me tell you. It is just astounding how upset people get at the idea of you asking them to take money away from their overpriced junk to help someone who no longer has anything, junk or otherwise. Here are some of the more tame responses I get.

  • No, I already did that. I already gave A LOT of money.
  • Oh. No, no, no. No!
  • Uhhhhh. Not today.

Those are still irksome for a few reasons. The first one bothers me because it seems like the person is really going out of their way to make sure that I understand how much they don’t suck by letting me know that they are super generous. Apparently one more dollar will kill them, though.

The second one gives me the idea that I have somehow insulted the person by asking. They usually have a disgruntled look on their face when saying this. As though I suggested that they want to steal the other customer’s baby and sacrifice it to satan on the register. Or that they shop at Walmart.

And the last one I can sort of understand. Maybe you have a tight spending limit. But I literally had someone donate $0.66. Seriously. Every little thing can help. I don’t really believe that you’re going to come back and donate.

I have two favorites, though. Two responses that have really made me want to say something just lovely.

  • NO! Those people are STUPID. How the hell do you live on a coast and not prepare for a hurricane? I’m from Florida and I always have extra candles, flashlights, blankets, food, and my own generator to make sure that I’M safe in a storm. You can’t seriously expect me to take pity on STUPID people! It’s their own damn fault and they can just save themselves.
  • Ha. No! Democrats can pay for it. They want to give out welfare and food stamps and everything else to lazy people? They can pay for this too.

Not surprisingly, both of these statements came the day after the election ended.  I could just assume that these men were upset that Mitt lost and were taking it out on everything they could. But, somehow, I believe they, or at least the first guy, were just being a little too honest with the 20-something, female, struggling, grocery store cashier.

The first one is just insane. He’s seriously comparing Florida, a state that averages 70 degrees all year round, to the northeast in October and November? Yeah, you lose power in Florida for a couple weeks it’s annoying as hell. Hot and sticky. You lose power in the winter up north? You can actually die. Combine that with a lack of food, shelter, and water and there’s a straight up emergency on your hands. Does he really not realize they just got hit with a snowstorm up there?

Saying that they all need to be more prepared is a bit absurd as well. Let’s compare the number of hurricanes to hit Florida, and even the North Carolina coast where I’m from, to that part of the country. From 2000 Florida has had 58 tropical and subtropical storms affect it. North Carolina has had 48. Now let’s look at New Jersey…they have a 1 in 200 chance of getting hit by a hurricane or the chance of getting directly hit once every 10 years. Maybe. New York has been affected by 84 storms total…since the 17th century…See where I’m going with this? To compare a place that literally dangles off the country into tropical waters like a some crazy penis asking to be swallowed by numerous storms a year, to states that are generally far enough north to only feel the remnants of storms is absurd.

Credit: Getty Images

And, on top of all that, no amount of batteries, flashlights, and blankets are going to help when your home has washed away.

As for the Democrats paying for it, that guy was  just pissed about Obama winning. To suggest that the people affected by the hurricane are struggling because they are lazy makes no sense at all.  I mean, he probably really doesn’t care what’s going on up there and was trying to be obnoxious. Beyond that, though, he clearly just has some issues with paying higher taxes on his wealth and “giving” his paycheck to lazy people…and I just can’t go into another rant about that right now.

This is not to say that I haven’t had any good experiences with getting donations. One lady gave $25 without me even having to ask if she wanted to. I regularly get anywhere from $1-$5 every few customers. I just wish the rest of them would say “no thanks” and move on. No reason to be so angry about it. And people out there, just because you’ve moved on to posting pictures of election related things does not mean that people are no longer struggling to survive and get by. At least keep them in your thoughts after moving on to post a picture of Obama shooting rainbows out of his eyes while riding a unicorn. Send some good energy into the world and donate, if you can.

Things I don’t understand about customers.

You complain to me.

We don’t have senior discounts. We don’ t take EBT. We don’t carry that brand of whatever anymore.  We don’t provide enough food at our sampling event. We are out of whatever. That lady let her kids get candy out of the bulk bin with their sticky hands.

None of these things has anything to do with me or my existence. Not in any way shape or form. There is nothing I can do about it. I can’t order different products, force the bakery to make more things, follow mothers around the store, etc. I really can’t. And what’s more? I don’t actually give  a shit.
You seriously fail to understand the concept of carts.

The store I work at has three item carrying options. The big metal carts, the green plastic baskets, and these weird bastard combinations where you can stack two green baskets to make a little cart. I see so many people making poor cart choices.

Old people are constantly getting those huge carts. For an avocado. Or a muffin. What the hell? You might be 90 but you’re really telling me that the muffin was beyond your ability to hold?  And now you want a bag for it too? Or some lady will come up with one of the tiny green baskets totally overflowing with stuff. Crap is falling on the floor and if you move it the wrong way everything starts to collapse. Men are the most amusing, though. Apparently asking for directions is not the only pride-injuring thing out there. Grabbing a cart when you can no longer hold the 16 items you’re buying is too. They’ll walk up with everything stacked precariously between their hands and chin or propped in their armpits. It’s easy. Make a freaking list and then use your critical analysis powers to deduce what size conveyance you need. Done.

You are perpetually confused by how to use the credit/debit machine.

Every single store in the world, basically, has one of these machines. You swipe the card. It prompts you to do various things. You do it. You leave. Every 10 minutes I have someone glaring at this machine in contempt. Like it’s trying to trick them.

Why does it want my zip code?? Hell I don’t know. You can’t pay for this without putting it in, so get over it. What do I push now? Which is enter? Seriously? There are two universal colors that mean the same thing no matter what. Green = yes, go, accept, enter. Red = no, stop, decline, cancel. Always. For everything. When would red ever mean enter? Why are you still punching the machine with that little plastic pen? It say processing. It has to process, so chill the hell out. Or keep smacking it. That might work too.

You blame me for…everything.

I had a lady actually try to come into the office while I was counting my money at the end of the shift to tell me that I needed to “get out there” because there were like four people in each line. No. I’m done with my shift. Get out and go wait in line. This is a grocery store, you do that. Go to Walmart on a Saturday morning and see why 4 people to a line is nothing. Don’t tell me I need to “get another person up here right now to help.” Like who? You? Are you going to get on a register and ring up these lovely people? No? Right. All the people here are the people here. I can’t clone myself or make a gollum, so just wait.

Oh your check didn’t clear? Your card was declined? That would be your fault. You don’t have enough money to buy the $200 worth of snacks and alcohol you’ve put before me. This woman actually was going to call her bank and put them on the phone with me. Me! Apparently I cut her paychecks.

You assume I am uneducated.

Don’t tell your brat of a child that if “they aren’t careful they could end up a cashier.” Are you serious? Well maybe one day they too can accrue thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt to scan stuff at the local high-end, over-priced, snooty ass grocery store! People are honestly freaking surprised when I tell them that I do, in fact, have a degree. Like someone was supposed to hand me my diploma and appropriate job assignment the day of graduation.

You go out of your way to be complicated.

So you’ve collected approximately $336 worth of “organic” spaghetti, potato chips, mini cupcakes, and some weird drink with chia seeds in it (yes, chia seeds. The seeds that produce chia pets. I am riveted to know what the health benefits of this could be…).

I start scanning and the courtesy clerk starts bagging. Half way through you remember that all the way at the bottom of the cart, under 6 bottles of wine, are your reusable bags. Or you really need paper bags. Out comes everything from plastic and we get to start over.

Oh and that tomato was $5…that’s too much just put that back for you? Sure. Let me void that and walk back over to produce for you…

Now you’re half way through paying with a credit card and realize you wanted to pay for half of it in cash. Cancel, cancel, cancel. And I have to wait for you to rummage around in you D&G purse for that $100 bill.

Now, you suddenly need cash back after you’re already done and I’ve started on another person.

Now you realize that the bottom of your container of figs is sticky and you want a refund.

Long story short?

Get your shit together!

Skeezy Scammers Part Two – Multi-Level Marketing

So you’re browsing through the job sites, innocently trying to figure out how you’re going to afford food for your 5 cats when you come across something that looks rather interesting. It appears to be some sort of marketing firm: “Marketing associate needed ASAP!! Contact today!!!” You fancy yourself a bit of  a creative person. And marketing seems like it could be a great way to make money, just figuring out what people want to buy and how to sell it.

The company offers to train you and claims that you need no prior experience. Great! Finally a place that understands you can’t get your foot in the door without a little initial help.

You start to get a little skeptical, though. You read my last post about scams and the job listing seems sort of vague. They say you make great money and you don’t have to call anyone. There’s something mentioned about selling directly to the consumer, but isn’t that what you always do to sell stuff?

You check out their website, just be sure. A smart cookie like yourself doesn’t want to get caught up in the midst of a money sucking scam.

Our mission at Bullshit Marketing is to create a greater awareness for our clients by using a cutting edge promotional marketing method to bring their products or services directly to the community.

Ok, ok. That sounds…good I think.

We strive to reach goals not only for our company, but our clients, customers and staff as well.

To create a stronger presence in our community for the clients we represent, to go above and beyond the norm and have a level of success that far exceeds our competition.

Well…that’s literally what every other company tries to do…

Bullshit Marketing is a marketing company and our goal is to provide Client Acquisition services for a wide range of satellite and communications clients. We create a synergy between our various clients and retailers that give both the opportunity to touch different people that they may not normally reach.

So you read that last bit about 6 times. And it starts to sound a lot like you’re selling television and satellite television packages to people. That doesn’t actually sound like marketing…that sounds like sales. The annoying type of sales. But they say you don’t have to call!

The rest of the website just repeats the above phrases over and over in different variations. You sort of know what they are trying to do, but things aren’t clear exactly.

This is because it is a multi-level marketing company. This type of company is really no better than regular old telemarketers. But instead of calling you and bothering you at home, they come up to you in major stores. The particular business that I am referring to is local and sells satellite television packages. Or tries to anyways. But there are several different types all selling different things.

What happens:

You contact them about the job opening and in the next 24 to 48 hours they will call you. And email you. And call about 3 more times. Their tactic here is a bit similar to the internet scams. They want you to think that this is a once in a life time opportunity. “Call us back NOW! We have very limited job openings and want YOU to be on our team. Please call HR to set up an interview.” These people use high-pressure tactics to sell, as well as to hire employees. The idea is that if you think that you have to act now or you’ll never get the chance to work in NYC at a multimillion dollar marketing firm and live in a penthouse, you’ll immediately contact them. Truth is, they probably have unlimited job openings. Any sucker they can get to work for them is good enough.

If you do go in for the first interview, you’ll inevitably be asked to about 2 or 3 more. They’ll ask your practically nothing while claiming that you can make well over minimum wage if you work hard enough. The high-pressure pitch comes in to play once again and they’ll practically beg you to sign up. It’s all laid out for you. First you’re a marketing associate. Then, in a few weeks, you will get promotion after promotion after promotion. After a few promotions you can hire your own people to sell for you, called a downline. Theoretically you all get commission for what you sell.

Once you have the job, which you’ll certainly get, they send you out to stores to sell to people. And that’s where this all starts to fall apart. How frequently do people go to Best Buy to get a television package? An actual television, sure. But if  they want the TV they probably already have a cable or satellite provider. Or they’ve decided that they just want to watch Netflix. It’s obnoxious to try to enjoy your day while some guy follows you around begging you to buy DirectTv. So sales…probably not so good. You’ll end up broke and fired for not making enough money.

And while these types of businesses are technically legitimate, most people consider they to be a type of pyramid scheme, which is a whole different mess.

What to look for:

  • Vague descriptions of pretty much everything
  • The promise of almost immediate promotion
  • Calls itself a marketing firm, but you can barely figure out what they are marketing.
  • Literally promises no cold-calls. Almost a guarantee that you have to do something equally as awful.
  • The interviews seems more like sales pitches than actual interviews.

So with this new information, I send you out into the job market to make something of your life and avoid the jerks trying to pull one over on you. If you really want help figuring out what type of company you’re about to apply to, try Glassdoor. A nifty little site that has reviews of the company, the application process, salaries, interviews, and interview questions. If the place you’re thinking about working is no good, it is almost sure to pop up on this site!

Skeezy Scammers Part One – The Get Rich at Home Scam

To put it bluntly, a lot of people are out of work right now. The NC Division of Employment Security claims that unemployment rates are down in 72 out of 100 counties. As impressive as that sounds, it really doesn’t mean a whole lot to me overall. We still have a whopping 451,806 out of work just in North Carolina and 9,951 in my county, Buncombe. No wonder people can hardly find jobs! Or, excuse me, jobs that aren’t just awful. I actually saw a  job posting today named “Deboning Supervisor”. The job description included “must have 2-5 years of debone supervisor experience.” What…? What is that? It seems to have something to do with poultry. Other than that, I make myself stop imagining what the job entails because I come very close to throwing up.

So, with all the joblessness going around, people are going to be a little desperate. They have families to support, student loans to pay, bills, groceries, what have you. And, frankly, minimum wage just won’t cut it. So they get themselves online and start Googling it up. Eventually, if you look long enough, you’ll stumble your way on to a site that claims you can make money from home, online, without lifting a finger while you watch Jersey Shore reruns all day. “What’s this,” you say, “work at home and make $700 a day?” Maybe they claim all you have to do is place links in blogs and other websites. Or stuff envelopes. Or even, this is my favorite, receive mysterious packages from a company that can’t send the stuff overseas to military families due to some sort of international law. They send you the “stuff” and you take it to UPS and mail it at your cost. Apparently this will make you tons of money…and probably get you a comfy cell in the state penitentiary. But hey! You’ll have a new roommate and everything is provided free by taxpayers! No more money woes!

On the side panel of the website you’ll see a number of people with very professional looking photos (found on any stock photo site) claiming that they were able to work at home and spend time with their families because they followed this program. They could buy groceries, see their kids, and take a dream vacation to the Caribbean thanks to Profit Masters Academy/Home Profit Masters/Give Us All Your Money Inc. There’s usually some news report taken totally out of context pasted there as well, because anything that looks and sounds like it came from CNN must be TRUE!

So you look around and it never really says that you have to pay anything, but it doesn’t sound free either. You try to leave the page and up comes “WAIT! Before you leave! There are only a limited number of spots left! For a limited time only we will offer you this program for only all of your money, your left arm, and the blood of your great-great-great grandfather! Click OK to stay on this page and take advantage of this offer. To decline click CANCEL below.”

Here’s the funny part. There is NO cancel button. There is always, always, always just an OK button. Apparently they think that if you’re stupid enough, you’ll give up and click OK. I mean because clearly it was meant for you to buy this program if there isn’t a cancel button…

Some pages are slightly more relentless than others at this point and the only way to get away from them is to actually close the entire browser. Best to avoid these places altogether.

If you actually were to purchase the program, you would be putting your credit and personal information at great risk. These pages are hardly confidential. The entire thing is full of BS so you can’t trust they won’t give you a virus or steal your credit card number. Plus, purchasing the initial software isn’t enough.  Whatever they are claiming to teach you will eventually lead to you “needing” more information or better resources or more software or this or that. They tend to charge anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 for all these “services” and all the time you aren’t making any money, you’re just funneling your own cash into the bank account of some greasy, chain wearing man with gold teeth and a cane.

And no matter how much you think that you won’t fall for some crap like this, you can’t really know what you’ll do until your back is against the wall and your cats are pissed because you can’t afford their food. I personally know a number of people, including my own mother, who have fallen for this type of scam. In fact, my mom (love you mom!) has fallen for this kind of thing more than once. It doesn’t mean that she or anyone who goes for this is stupid. It just means that someone out there is pretty darn good at getting your money. They play on your trusting nature and the fact that you’re hard up for cash to get what they want.

You just have to train yourself to look for the warning signs:

  • Sounds too good to be true or really vague
  • Lots of underlined, italicized sentences
  • Stock photos
  • It won’t let you leave the page
  • The price seems to keep changing
  • It has some stupid name like Profit Masters Academy
  • They “teach” you what to do

When in doubt, leave the page and Google it. If it’s a fake you’ll find out pretty quickly because some person who was ripped off, like you were about to be, is sure to have posted a warning about it. You might have to scroll down, though. A lot of these fraud companies will pay the search engine to constantly put their own fake sites on top of the search. Look out for  or or the like. Those are planted sites and will not give you any real information.

Hopefully you won’t ever fall for something like this. But at least if you do you there’s a better chance that you won’t make the mistake again.