Alleged Identity Thief Scams Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder, Shops at Dollar Store

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Skard4Life

Well he earned my click and I say hey einstein to people online all the time lol, personally I think the online MAXPC writers do a great job. You guy's are debating semantics about a post on criminals and fraud. I really am starting to love reading MAXPC online but this time the comments were more entertaining than the article thank you guys keep up the good work geniuses. : )

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spaceporker

Yeah!

-From my iPad

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einstein1971

Paul Allen himself wasn't scammed it was his bank. You make it sound like the thief tricked Mr. Allen into providing him with his information. I think if you can't give an accurate description from the beginning you should let someone else tell the story.

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Raswan

Hey Einstein (always wanted to say that), whose money did the guy buy stuff with? The bank's? Or Paul Allen's? Doesn't matter that the bank would probably reimburse Allen or whatever. You don't call up Citibank, change the address for Paul Allen, then get a new debit card for Paul Allen, and pay for stuff with the bank's money. The article says nothing at all about Allen providing the scammer with info. It just says he was the one scammed. I think if you can't manage to accurately read the story from the beginning, you should let someone else do the commenting.

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einstein1971

First, being able to say "hey Einstein" is freakin' awesome (see, we can agree on something). Second, the title of the article is "Alleged Identity Thief Scams Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder..." thus asserting that it was Paul Allen that was personally scammed. Third, the "author" says "But if you're ever successful at scamming a billionaire out of his debit card, why not think bigger?" again asserting that it was Allen that was personally scammed. Interestingly this was all at the beginning of the article. Yes, he won't be out a penny and probably wouldn't notice but that isn't my point. My point is that it is a newsworthy story but it was presented in a sensational manner to generate clicks by falsely implying that Paul Allen was personally tricked into giving away his information when in reality some idiot at the bank screwed up.

I read MaxPC everyday but I simply feel that the writers they hire for the online site need to be as good as the writers for the magazine. Gordon, Alex, etc. are fantastic and these guys are not. Raswan my comments were nothing personal towards you but a comment on the declining standards of the site.

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Paul_Lilly

A little sensational? Sure, many headlines are to a certain degree, not necessarily for the hits, but because tech news becomes rather dry without a bit of colorful and/or creative verbiage. As to this particular story and your comments, there are a few things to note.

First, one of the definitions of "scammed" is "to cheat or defraud with a scam." Yes, the fraudster fooled Paul Allen's bank, but Mr. Allen himself was defrauded and isn't without culpability for not diligently keeping track of his bank account. As a billionaire presumably with a large amount of cash in his account, it's kind of in his best interest to keep close tabs on any account related activity. That applies to people with much smaller bank accounts too, though Mr. Allen has more to lose than most.

Secondly, at one time, I was in fact hired to write for the magazine, full time, in 2006, with a desk opposite of Gordon Mah Ung's. I was given a pretty pink computer case and everything (yay for hazing). Other obligations at the time ultimately forced me to resign, but I've been contributing to both online and print as a freelancer ever since. While I appreciate your opinion and concern about the quality of online writers at this site, it's apparently not one that is shared by Future US, and in some instances (like this one), the distinction between the two is minor at best.

Finally, I agree with others who feel this is much ado about semantics, though your point is not lost. I'm not trying to be a dick here (seriously), and do actually appreciate constructive criticism, regardless of whether I agree or not. Since you brought up, it will be in my mind to keep a closer eye on future headlines.

By the way, I happen to think the other writers at this site are pretty good too, and I enjoy reading their material. I believe most of them have also contributed to print. Just wanted to throw that out there.

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Carlidan

Doesn't everybody mislead readers so they will click and read the article? Name me one news/media or any site that doesn't do that. :)

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Incognito

Going to agree with Einstein here. MaxPC definitely misled readers with the sensational headline that was not based on the reality of the situation.

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Skard4Life

Well he earned my click and I say hey einstein to people online all the time lol, personally I think the online MAXPC writers do a great job. You guy's are debating semantics about a post on criminals and fraud. I really am starting to love reading MAXPC online but this time the comments were more entertaining than the article thank you guys keep up the good work geniuses. : )

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