Literally. Set the TiVo, put the kids to bed, cancel your plans. This Friday is a TV night you won’t want to miss. At 10 P.M. Eastern, on the ABC News program, 20/20, you can get your first look at the real person who goes by the name “Angel Stevens.”
Who Is Angel Stevens?
Angel Stevens is one of the names associated with a less-than-honest online “opportunity” called rebate processing. Angela Penbrook is another of the names. (Some people think they’re both the same person/company, but hard proof is lacking.) We wrote about rebate processing and how their sites were misleading readers here and here.
Our 15 Seconds of Fame?
A couple of hard-working 20/20 producers have been checking in here at I’ve Tried That for a few months (and at other scambusting sites, like workathometruth.com), conducting interviews, talking with readers who were victims of deceptive advertising, and watching our comments threads for clues.
Steve and I both talked to the producers who worked on this segment. We don’t know if our little blog is mentioned, but hey, we helped right? You did, too, if you were involved in the rebate processing discussions. We can all kind of stand in the glare of the spotlight bouncing off of John Stossel’s teeth.
Not Just Rebate Processing
The Internet scams story is one of five focusing on consumer issues. The segment covers three topics dear to our hearts:
- Rebate processing
- Envelope stuffing
- Mystery shopping
Why those three out of all the scams we’ve written about here? I don’t know, but I’m not complaining. Any sunshine falling on the slimy underbelly of the Internet’s “work-at-home” niche is a good thing.
The show actually reveals the real people behind the programs. That’s an amazing feat! If you ever tried to get your money back from Angel Stevens or Angela Penbrook, you know what I mean.
So tune in this Friday to get the scoop! Have your rotten tomatoes ready. (Oh, and the guy in the “LOL” t-shirt waving at the camera from behind the reporter? That’s Steve.)
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