& Scams 101
Four and a Half Minutes
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
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.
"OHMYGAWWWD!.... HIRE A CLEANING LADY!!! NO WAIT! CALL MAIDS-R-US AND TELL 'EM TO SEND AS MANY AS THEY'VE GOT!!"
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
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.
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