Milwaukee 2590-20 M12 Radio Review
The Milwaukee 2590-20 M12 Radio Review is a website that provides reviews of various types of radios from different manufacturers. They have reviewed many brands including: Motorola, Kenwood, Sony, LG Electronics, Samsung and others. The site has been around since 2006 and they currently have over 100 reviews on their database. The site was started by a man named John F.
(John) and he is one of the most experienced reviewers on the site. John has been reviewing radios for years and he has developed quite a reputation among other reviewers.
In addition to his review duties, John works at a local electronics store called Radio Shack where he helps customers with buying radios. He also writes reviews for them so that customers are aware of what type of radios they might want to buy before making the purchase decision.
A few days ago John posted a review of the Motorola RAZR V3 which was published on May 23rd 2015. The review itself is fairly long but it does provide some interesting information about the radio. For example, John mentions that he used the radio for several months without any problems until one day when he received a call from someone claiming to be calling from “the FBI”. According to the caller, John had violated “Section 14.69” of the “Federal Communication’s Commission (FCC) rules and regulations” and that he needed to pay a fine of $100 within a week or face jail time.
The caller then proceeded to give him a toll-free number where he could make the payment.
John immediately disconnected the call and started to worry about his and his family’s safety. He did some online research about the “law” that the caller mentioned and he found out that it doesn’t even exist! He then called the number back to “report” the incident but the person who answered told him that the call was coming from the “Federal Prison Association”. According to the man, he had received John’s information from one of his coworkers.
When John asked to speak with his coworker, the man replied that he was unavailable and then hung up the phone.
Since then, John has been very worried about the safety of his family. He doesn’t have $100 to give and he is afraid that these “men” might do something violent to him and his family if he refuses to pay. He has not heard from them for about a week now but he is still worried that they might do something crazy. You’ve been a long-time reader of his website and you are wondering if you can help him in any way possible.
To get an idea of what you can do, answer the following questions:
How did John exactly violate the FCC rules and regulations?
What type of scam is this? (refer to lecture for possible answer)
What should John report to the police?
Is there a way to protect himself and his family against these “criminals”? Extra Credit: What type of PR tactic does the FCC use on their website?
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