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I got a bogus warning on my front door today announcing that a sex offender had moved in to the neighborhood. This is a scam, and they want you to subscribe to their website to get the information. All that information is available for free on the county website; I've already shown the pictures of the two close to my home to the sprog so she's aware, and this is a classic case of marketing by FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The folks who run the website at www dot neighborhoodredalert dot com (I will not link to such a dishonorable company) hope to frighten folks into logging onto their website and paying their monthly subscription fee to access (probably outdated) information that is widely available for free on the Web through local law enforcement everywhere.

Spread the word. Don't give these people any of your money; they're dishonestly trying to scare you into subscribing.


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Jul. 30th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip.
Jul. 30th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
This company was already on a couple news channels.

The person who runs it claims that his data gets updated more frequently than many websites that people rely on for "free". And that he offers full subscription for free to any school principals, and a few other 'people of authority' types who run child-based places..
Jul. 30th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had seen the news. It's why I called 311 to report it when the stickers showed up.

I find it difficult to believe that this site can get information faster than the law enforcement agencies the offenders are required to report to.
Jul. 30th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Well, long story short - the guy supposedly gets the information directly from statewide databases and posts it to his website - and that can be accessible faster than some of the smaller counties out there who either don't have websites at all, or don't have the resources to update daily.
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Perhaps. I remain of the opinion that they are using fear especially, and uncertainty and doubt as well, to convince people to spend money they don't have. They are also lying in stating that a sexual offender has moved into the neighborhood in order to create a false sense of urgency. Unethical marketing, to say the least.
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
That should be "spend money they don't have to.
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Agreed, there are sex offenders out there far less sleazy.
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Fear is big business.

It would be interesting to know what kind of liabillity insurance this guy carries.

What a creepy way to make money.
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

Gosh, taking a page from our government, perhaps?
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Among other places. Software companies are pretty good at it, too. I've seen phone company ads that use the same tactic.
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
But, but, but -- how would we know who to fear if they didn't tell us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We obviously don't have enough sense to tell for ourselves. (This message brought to you by the PTB).
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Allow me to rearrange those letters a bit for you:

Feb. 16th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I came across your blog because of your transgender interest. I'm just starting up a new journal and hope you don't mind if I read along. I went to Raytown South, btw, and Rolla, and so our pasts share a bit of geography.
Feb. 16th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for dropping a note; I do ask that you read and acknowledge the disclaimer in the user info before I add you back.

I have transgender friends; I was going to go into psychology for my second career, with diverse specialities in transgender and Borderline Personality Disorder, but became too disabled to continue. If the fact that I'm a SOFFA and have T friends is sufficient for you, that's great with me.

I'll take a look at your years. I wasn't at Rolla for very long, and probably well before you were there. Did you get a degree from UMR?
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