Fanbox.com Uses Members To Spam

6a00d83451b09469e200e5527943058833-800wiI recently began getting a lot of spam from Fanbox.com. The messages had subject lines like “Something For You” and “I Sent a Gift To You”, and the sender was someone I don’t know. The messages claimed that this person had send me a gift using an application called “Flower Fans” or that they had set up a 10GB email account for me on the system. Ironically it bills it as “world’s first spam-free email”.

It turns out that Fanbox is a website that claims to be your “virtual PC”. It also offers some type of blogging service where they charge users to receive blog posts via text message and give the blogger part of the fee. To sign up they demand your cell phone number to “verify your identity”. Big red flag. I did some research and found out that they also ask for your email username and password. They claim they need this because their “virtual PC” service manages your email for you.

If it all sounds rather suspicious to you, it should. It’s a scam. The service tricks people into giving up their email addresses, passwords and cell phone numbers and then spams them relentlessly. Not only that but they spam everyone in their contact lists. The spam messages have “to stop receiving emails click here” links but they don’t do a thing. Instead they just let Fanbox know that your email address is live.

Fanbox is run by the former SMS.ac, a shady company that claims to be an online community that exists via text messaging only. It’s been the subject of many user complaints regarding deceptive billing practices and was fined and banned from operating reverse-billed services in the UK for operating misleading SMS services.

They’ve now turned to a web based service and are flooding the web with spam. They make their money by getting people to subscribe to SMS-based blogs, and also send other premium SMS messages. Users are charged a per message fee and unsubscribing is near impossible. Avoid both sites and ignore any emails you get from them. If the senders are people you know, notify them that they are being used to spam by the company.

If you’ve been spammed by this company or got tricked into giving them your personal information, please leave us a comment and share your experience!

Written by Sue Walsh

0 Comments

  1. Vic · December 8, 2012

    @Nic@fanbox

    You are another brainwashed member of the outfit called fanbox mujahideen.
    Your effin’ site fanbox makes money by scamming millions of people everyday and then gives out a few cents to poor, and uneducated people like you. Go ask the management how they are making money and then post the response here.

    And finally let everyone know how much money have you cashed out from the site. Do a little bit of math (if you are capable of doing) and find out your earning/hour. Post that here. FYI, the intentional poverty line is fixed at $2 a day for 8 hours of work.

    What sumbags like you don’t know that you yourself are below the poverty line but are helping perpetuate scams like fanbox that is making tons of money by using you.

    Get a job, idiot!

  2. Ann Hill · December 11, 2012

    I was fanbox user since more than1 year and at the beginning all was good and I earned and received some money just blogging. Now the things are changed, they put a new feature called IPL, you use IPL that is a credit that fanbox gives to you to invest in their products. To use this IPL you must pay the fees every months, for 4 months, when you can make a cash out of your earnings you must give back the ipl used, and at the end you will never ever earn and you loose the money you paied for the fees. People who earn are personal from fanbox that are there to show people that is possible to earn and deceive the person.
    It’s a loosing game,

  3. Yvonne-Cher · December 16, 2012

    Keep getting emails and I did not sign up. Now getting threatening emails that they are going to charge me random fees, each time I tried to delete or remove myself I get a no reply. Who do we report this nonsense to? Not interested!

  4. Garicber · January 2, 2013

    Same situation as Yvonne Cher’s (Dec. 16, 2012 comment)! e-mail from “The FanBox Account Protection Team” said I owed them certain amount of $ but reply e-mail to “fbNOREPLY@myfanbox.com” all got rejected as expected from a “noreply” sender. Anyone knows a way to stop these spam such as e-mail to FTC, FCC or anything, anywhere. Currently, I just “spammed” all their incoming e-mail

  5. Shawn Gross · January 2, 2013

    I hear you Yvonne-Cher, I ddin’t sign up for FanBox and I keep getting threatinging emails that they are going to charge me random fees. I don’t know how to delete the account either.

  6. cornelia · January 3, 2013

    Friends of mine are receiving emails from fanbox on my behalf, and it’s impossible to get rid of them, or to contact them. Any ideas?

  7. Catherine · January 18, 2013

    I foolishly clicked on a link in an email supposedly from a friend who was supposed to be sharing some photos with me. The actual address for the email was something @yourfanbox,com so I should have checked out Fanbox before clicking on the link. I thought it all looked very suspicious and there were no photos from my friend, just lots of things to get me to join up…. which I didn’t! The only thing I clicked on there was ‘My Account’ and I found that I had an account with them, listed as Active! What a cheek!!! I unsubscribed and now I’m worried they’ll spam my friends somehow, though all they have is my email address.

  8. JM · January 21, 2013

    I get the same annoying emails from them as well. I even wrote an email requesting they unsubscribe me, although I was never registered to begin with (at least not to my knowledge, and against my will otherwise.) I suggest you all contact your local attorney general’s office and maybe a class action lawsuit will get these scam artists to cease and desist (and in the process you will make out in the end, beating them at their game.)

  9. Renu Kakkar · January 26, 2013

    I am on FanBox since Oct 2011. But since earning were slow , i left and went back in february 2011. I have not seen any thing like what these people have described. This is an only social networking site where you can gain knowledge and get paid for the articles you write there. There is no joining fee.
    I think all the negative postings are by people who are not able to get along in FanBox.
    Unless they try how will they succeed.? In 3 years one has a chance to make $300,000. Facebook or any other site will not give you such an opportunity. So instead of complaints come over and work and earn.

  10. Renu Kakkar · January 26, 2013

    read 2nd line as february 2012

  11. Steve · January 28, 2013

    I got hooked by fanbox around October 2012. They kept sending me email saying I earned $800+ and each day it was increasing, so I thought, maybe there is something to this. I went along with it for a while, and started creating blogs and ads. They say if you hit all the milestones you graduate and your earnings will double. My earnings never doubled. They lend you money at 1.5% per month (same as 18% per year), and the brainwashed fanboxers there rave about what a bargain it is. This lent money called IPL is invested into boosting which just so happens to return around 5 to 6%, but you can’t cash out for four months, so do the math. You pay 1.5% per month for 4 months = 6%. There goes your profits.

    I let them deduct IPL fees for two months before I realized what was going on, and sent them a couple angry letters and asked for my money back, because I didn’t see the money was going to earn anything, just spinning wheels with a small loss, unless I re-invest for at least 6 months, than maybe a small return, but as another commenter pointed out, at what rate per hour? Is it worth spending hours every day, trying to come up with relevant topics for blogs, to maybe make a tiny profit? If blogging is your passion, you might eke out a small profit, and have fun doing it.

    I decided it wasn’t worth the headache to try to earn back my IPL fees, so asked for the money back. They did issue me a refund, and I promptly canceled my account.

  12. Barry · February 2, 2013

    Fanbox is a scam, its just best to keep your money in your pocket but I know there will always be desperate people who will fall for them.

  13. Jason · February 6, 2013

    I never signed up for fanbox, and want to know how to stop receiving emails from them and stupid members.

    Also, does anyone know how to get rid of searchya?

  14. herbert harris · February 9, 2013

    YOU GUYS ARE ALL IDIOTS AND TALKING A BUNCH OF SH*T THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANY IDEA HOW GREAT FANBOX TRULY IS…

  15. mario tancinco · February 9, 2013

    they used my email and sent messages to my friends telling them i am inviting them to fanbox

  16. Evil Lee · February 13, 2013

    Today I got this from Fanbox. I noticed that your FanBox account is not protected, despite your sizable earnings of $82.63.

    I strongly recommend that you protect your funds by validating your account immediately.

    I have never signed up to this horrible horrible nasty disgusting con of a so called social network site.
    Is there any chance that Terrorists can target the creators of these sites & use there evil to make the world a better place.

  17. Charlotte · February 28, 2013

    I’m not saying I’m for or against FanBox but I have done a lot of reading about the site today. First on the BBB’s website & then here. If you have a problem with fanbox that you can’t seem to get resolved then the BBB can help you. (www.bbb.org)

    I’ve supposedly made over $2,000. on the site but it stays in a continous loop & can’t cash out but they want to take IPL fees from my PayPal (protected) account. I’m not Paying ANYONE to work for them & that’s why I’ve been researching them. Wish yall all LUCK!!

  18. RAT · March 8, 2013

    hey, they are scammers… look, you do like to unsubscribe from them then lets hack them till the site is down forever.. they are just a facebook copy scammers.. dont trust.. my team is ready for the site attack..

  19. Katie · March 8, 2013

    I don’t know how I got on FanBox but they keep sending emails saying I’ve earned so much money and that my account is unprotected and so on. I’ve gone to the “prevent future emails HERE” link and canceled about 10x and I keep getting more emails. If anyone knows how to block them please share. THanks

  20. Klizfer · March 9, 2013

    I also have the same problem. Fanbox is amazingly difficult to unsubscribe from and will start spanning your friends as well. Renu Kakkar said he had not experienced this. Probably he had not really joined fanbox and is just trolling this comment thread

  21. Trooper Anderson · March 26, 2013

    I think I heard about Fanbox but paid no special attention to it. Well just reading some of the comments here, it turns out to be a very good decision. Reading Steve’s comment, I don’t think , for some reason, can trust is business model. I don’t even go for revenue-sharing websites because honestly it’s so easy to get duped into such kind of system. I hope those who want to get out of this problem will be able to do so very soon, before it gets worse and they become more vulnerable to much bigger online security issues.

  22. mark conway · April 13, 2013

    What more can I say?

    Moving FORWARD together
    with The Fanbox Knowledge Revolution.
    Spam can come from any source and usually it isn,t the source stated.
    You need to dig a little deeper and read between the lines.
    rule one
    when your ARE asked to link yahoo and face book
    “SAY NO”
    It violates your privacy,
    DON,T BE STUPID.

  23. jj · April 21, 2013

    please one of u send me an invitation to fanbox at j.yoyomama@gmail.com

    I dont want ppl to tell me how stupid I am. Please send me an invitation and I will use your link and be your referral, if that helps you earn money

  24. mdkamalhossen · April 22, 2013

    The site is very beautiful

  25. Alex · June 28, 2013

    Fanbox is another means of earning. Consider not what people say …………….. be careful my friend.

  26. Hype · September 6, 2013

    At this point, my personal opinion is FanBox is nothing more than a thinly disguised Ponzi-scheme. People get paid in a Ponzi-scheme just enough to keep them around hopeful for more.money. Although they have gone to “invitation” only – the spam is still clearly happening. Steer clear and despite what Alex, who still drinks the Koolaid FanBox is serving writes, definitely consider what people say.

  27. Maria · October 16, 2013

    I’m from Mexico and Today I received an email from Fanbox charging me more than $300 concerning an IPL account, which I don’t have, due to “Late charges” and “Very late penalties”. Before today I had NO idea that Fanbox existed. This looks to me that it’s a SPAM, so I’ll just delete every email in case they keep coming.

  28. Congressman MP · November 3, 2013

    Alright.

    FanBox is legit :-)

    I earn and I am there for 2 years now and 2 years a Success Coach on FanBox.

    FanBox members know, Success Coaches earn solely if their clients earn, so they are very eager to help people earn.

    FanBox is using all possible ideas to grow its company and by that the mission it has, that anyone on this planet with a internet connection can earn money.

    It is a longterm investment business where anyone who works with his Success Coach can get the answers, the concepts, the guidance to earn and build over time, day by day, month after month serious money.

    Since many of you do not know what IPL is for:

    I’LL Pay Later. (IPL)

    IPL is borrowed money, given to you from FanBox, to fund your Ads(Advertisement) and/or Boosts to make profits for yourself.

    It is like if you do not like to invest bigger amounts of money, like $500 or $1000 from your own money, you can use
    IPL money, lend to you to make profits for yourself. It follows the economic idea of ”you neeed money to make money”.

    So many people do not have $500 to invest to fund their Ads and/or Boosts to generate profits for themselves.
    But many people have fewer amounts like for example $5-$20 to invest monthly.

    So when you use IPL, say you fund your Ads and/or Boosts for $1000 and the entire amount is used or utilized, you have used/utilized $1000 and that is called your IPL utilized amount. This amount is not ours. We solely keep the profits made with IPL.

    For the use of IPL we pay a monthly fee, which is always around 1.5% of our IPL utilized amount.
    So for around $1000 IPL utilized we pay a monthly fee of around $15.

    By paying the fee we can keep and increase our earnings made with IPL, because by making every month more PLUS earning with all the other free earning opportunites you can earn daily, monthly more and re-invest those earnings in the next month again, growing our earnings and re-investing and growing again.

    Everything here on FanBox is build to treat FanBox as a longterm investment business.

    When we use IPL it is very important to not use more IPL than we can afford. The IPL fee has to be within our financial comfort.
    The more IPL we use/utilized, the higher our IPL utilized amount, the more we can earn, the higher our monthly IPL fee.

    Since IPL is only money borrowed to us, and since we pay only for the amount used (that can always be re-used to make more money with it) we have to pay hte Ipl utilized amount back

    If we miss to pay our IPL fee, it is detrimental to any of our earning plans with IPL funded Ads and Boosts.

    So I recommend if any of you get a cool FanBox invitation mail, to join and check it out.

    P.S. You can earn with or without IPL. That is your decision. FanBox has fun & easy free earning opportunities.

    For real people it is good stuff.

  29. Phil · November 4, 2013

    I can definitely contest that FanBox is a scam of some sort. Don’t know anything about it, never signed up or anything. I get e-mails daily saying I earned “x” amount of money the day before and have a total earning of whatever. Huge RED FLAG here simply because I NEVER signed up for anything and, I don’t care who you are, nobody is going to just randomly send e-mails saying you have made money. period!

  30. Kareemus · November 20, 2013

    Luckily for me I’m behind an antispam gateway so I just block these emails from Fanbox.

  31. amin · June 30, 2014

    yes i am fan box member its really cheating people. after 4 month your earning is good but before you cash out you need to pay your IPL and the problems become appear. maybe it seems profitable but its real cheating. i read all of above message and i realized some fanbox member how try to show we are not say true or etc. but trust me if fanbox become profit many euro or japan even us people open it and use it. fan box is really loser and it for lazy people .
    if you searching for online job its better find another one. that you doing work and just receive money not paying . now i have 500$ in fanbox that i can cash out but i must pay 1680$ for my IPL see its end of fanbox. its really loser site

  32. Jeff · July 5, 2014

    I never signed up to fanbox and never clicked on anything and yet I get their emails everyday. I have marked them as spam on outlook and blacklisted them with my server but they still get through. I have thoroughly checked my computer for viruses and all protection is up to date. How do I get rid of them?

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