By Richard Smith
My last post about the scam carbon credits company, Validated Carbon Credits, was carefully sown with typographical elephant traps, now tidied away again (I hope!), and a load of miscellaneous needle, which is still there. All self-indulgent stuff.
First into the elephant trap was a commenter. I was trying to lure the scammer, but he can’t spell anyway, so perhaps that was never going to work. Misfire.
Next, not unexpectedly, the professionals at FTAdviser, who want me to spell their name that way and stick to it, which I am very happy to do. There is a limit to how much tail twisting one should inflict on a hard working hack. It was a cheap hit, but illustrative of a certain mindset. As long as I am permitted to keep checking the correspondence between their perfectly spelled stories and any kind of objective reality, I am content. Perhaps FTAdviser will have something more substantive to say about carbon credit scams once their blood pressure has subsided a little.
But the miscellaneous needle did its job, eliciting an angry comment from Karen Johnson, who is a sockpuppet of James Richards, the scammer who was the main subject of the post. Bullseye.
Mind you, I can see why the gender-confused Mr Richards is irritated: at posting time, if you clicked on his sites www.validatedcarboncredits.com or www.barontrading.com (which redirects to validatedcarboncredits), you got a ‘site suspended’ message. He’s not really building the case that he has nothing to hide, by doing that. Perhaps that’ll occur to him.
In the mean time, good riddance, although I expect Richards will be back very soon, in some guise or other.
UPDATE 11/11: yup, he’s back.