How many times during a day you plug your USB flash drive into your computer? A hundred times maybe? Have you ever thought you can make money by that? Yes, just insert your flash, and money flows into your account. Wow! Isn’t that great?
Is it a new scam? Not at all. You can do it. Believe me, I am not joking. This business model is invented in New Zealand. I have been to about 20 countries but nowhere else I found such a wonderful method to tackle recession.
Here in New Zealand, if you want to print a page, and go to a stationery shop, you see that the price is 20 cents per page. Or 15 cents, depending on the shop. That’s normal, I think. You give your flash drive, ask them to print one page for you, and get a receipt that says $4.15.
Where the $4 come from? You read the receipt, and see that it is ‘Download charge per source‘. Yes! They charge you that much for just plugging your flash drive into their computer.
Well, some shops charge just $2. How nice of them to make a discount! Half the price. Two flash drives at the cost of one.
Sh, sh, sh, sh, sh, sh. Quiet! I tell you one secret. I’ve found one Internet café that won’t do that. They don’t ask you to pay any ‘download fees’. They just charge you for printed pages. I won’t tell you where it is, but if you find it, please don’t teach them this embarrassing and disgusting way of making money.
I sent an enquiry to Warehouse Stationary, and got a reply from them, that they charge this ‘download fee’ because they have high costs in regards to anti-virus software and they have had instances where a customers’ USB pen drives were infected.
How do you like this? They decided to charge this fee from all customers, no matter, whether their flash drives were infected or not. Which means, they charge many innocent customers for something those customers are not responsible for.
My flash drive didn’t have any viruses. It was scanned by a Warehouse Stationary employee before printing, and nothing was found on it. Why should I pay them money?
USB drives are not the only source of viruses. A computer may be infected, for example, by an employee, opening an email attachment.