We’ve discussed Fanbox several times here in the past, and when we did it generated a lot
Fanbox started out billing itself as an online chat, word processor and storage service (think Google Docs/Drive/Messenger), but quickly earned the ire of many for its sleazy way of promoting itself. The service accessed user’s contact lists without consent and spammed them. It got worse from their as the service devolved into some bizarre affiliate scam that bilked many who were tricked into paying bogus fees. “I’ll Pay Later” claimed you could make money by advertising your product, service or blog, and if you didn’t have one, you could share in other’s profits by something called “boosting”, where you post ads for other people and get a share of the resulting revenue. On top of this, they sent emails asking for an “account processing fee” and claiming if it wasn’t paid, your “earnings” would be in jeopardy. Of course there are no earnings, it’s all a phishing scam. Once the company gets your CC or bank info, it helps itself each month or so. Some have reported having up to $100 a month taken from their accounts.
The latest chapter in this sleazy saga is a new spam campaign distributing fake earnings reports. These reports claim there is money waiting for you on their site. It’s just a ploy to get your email address and cell phone number-and Fanbox will pound them both with spam. Fanbox is owned by SMS.ac, a known spamming firm who has also been investigated for unfair labor practices. This company is bad news.
Why haven’t they been prosecuted for their spam and scams? That’s an excellent question there just doesn’t seem to be an answer to yet.