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Friends In Business
& Scams 101

Four and a Half Minutes
of Fame

(then straight into oblivion)

NEWSWEEK....  April 26, 1999

My first lucky break came when Jane Bryant Quinn "discovered" Friends In Business (I'm still not sure how) and gave it a little mention in her NEWSWEEK article called "Scambusters On the Web."  And a lucky break it was, because she's a pretty well-known lady.  Her articles are syndicated into some 250 newspapers across the country, and I was lucky enough to tag along with her. 

Then came my next lucky break:

CNET CENTRAL (CNET-TV)....  August 14 & 15, 1999
Aired on the Sci-Fi Channel & USA Network

It seems the producer of this little show was having her hair done and thumbed through a copy of NEWSWEEK while she just happened to be working on a story about internet scams.  Would I be interested?  (No, I'm scheduled to clean the catbox that day.)  And would I be comfortable filming at my house?

"I'd love it," I warbled. 

So we made the appointment.



I was petrified and it's all a bit of a blur, but I remember asking the cameraman to leave a couple of times because I couldn't think with his lens in my face.  In the end, I came through the ordeal okay, and I have to admit it turned out to be kind of fun.  Three hours of tape edited down to about 4-1/2 minutes (which is better than the 30 seconds I was expecting, so who's complaining??). 

TV.COM (CNET-TV)....  Oct. 2 & 3, 1999
Aired on ABC, NBC, and CBS in the wee hours

Well, I can't say much about this one, because I didn't see it myself. As far as I can tell, it was the same show as CNET Central but with a different host pasted in.

CNET CENTRAL (again)....  Oct. 9 & 10, 1999

Hey, I'm a rerun!  I haven't changed a bit! 


Well, I had my sights set on Oprah but figured I would settle for Jerry Springer (I love a good brawl).  Instead, real life kicked in, and I let my internet business go to hell in a handbasket.

The great news is, I've since dumped the transcription business that ran my life and moved my family to a small town up in the glorious California Coast Redwoods.  I'm back to "internetting" with a vengeance, because as much as I love the trees, I prefer not to live in one.

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Gather 'round, Kiddies!     

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Granted, that's how a lot of people do it (including more than a few Power Sellers)... but that isn't the way smart business owners do it.  Once you learn to write killer ad copy and combine eBay selling with tried & true email marketing techniques (on autopilot no less), you'll have time to actually enjoy some of that money (what a concept!).

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS!  Research all business opportunities thoroughly, and never blow off other people's bad experiences.  Ask around (and listen!).  The Scams101 Message Board is a good place to start.  What's that?  You've found a Biz Op and you're wondering if it's endorsed by FIB?...  Not unless it's listed in MaaMaw's Magnificent Toolbox.

Me & Katie

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