“DrDaleArcher” Twitter Spammer and Lying Conman?

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A little while ago, I received a follow from “DrDaleArcher”, who it seems by his follow/followers ratio is using a classic Twitter spamming technique. Specifically, he  appears to be running some type of auto-follow script to try and gain followers himself.  I’ve seen this a lot on Twitter, but I’ve never seen it done by someone who is claiming to be a psychiatrist.  A nice touch, in addition, is the direct message spam he sends out en masse, commenting on profiles he hasn’t actually read.  Note to any patients of “Dr. Dale Archer”, if he is practicing (which I doubt): When your psychiatrist starts outright lying and spamming on the internet, it’s time to consider other options.

Dr. Dale Archer (DrDaleArcher) on Twitter“Dr. Dale Archer” claims he specializes in “chemical imbalances of the brain”, however strangely when I took him up on his supposed offer to answer questions, he quickly unfollowed me and declined a response.  The question was regarding his method of diagnosing these chemical imbalances he specializes in.  It seems asking “Dr. Dale” what scientific tests he uses to declare someone bipolar strikes a nerve with him.  I might have expected more from a man who supposedly has his own Fox-affiliated TV show, but expecting professionalism from a liar and a spammer, would be wishful thinking, indeed.

I’m glad you think I have an “interesting profile”, Mr. Archer.  I find yours interesting, as well. I even decided to check to see if you are licensed in Louisiana where you claim to have established a clinic, but sadly there is no record of you either with the medical board or the AMA. I also tried New York, and obtained similar results, although it is listed as your location on Twitter. Then I tried to find you in Virginia, since that’s where your website is registered under the name of  “Dr. D, Inc.”, but yet again… No trace of you. Perhaps you can share your license number, if you in fact have one? If you do not, can you clarify in what capacity you are a “clinical psychiatrist”?

Psychiatry Advice - Psychiatric Advice Column | Free Online Mental Health AdviceI wonder why “Dr. Dale” is so vague about his current standing and in what state he supposedly practices in. His website, Askdrd.com states he is offering “free online mental health advice”.  This is quite curious, as it is illegal to offer medical advice without a license in the state of the person you are providing it to. Maybe “Dr. Dale” is has one of those special internet psychiatry licenses, though…  Hey, I’m waiting “Dr. Dale”.  Which state medical board should I contact to check the status of your license and file a complaint regarding your solicitation and offering of medical advice online? Perhaps “Fox” can point me in the right direction, but strangely I can find no reference to “Dr. Dale” on any Fox website, either.

Maybe I’m “doing it wrong” when it comes to Google, so if “Dr. Dale” would like to clarify this situation, I’d be happy to hear it.  I’m also interested in hearing from readers who have any information on Dale Archer or can point me towards some links that verify his claims, or exempt him from the law when it comes to offering medical advice online.

If you’re a Twitter user who is annoyed at DrDaleArcher‘s spam, feel free to report him as you would any other spammer. Deceptive direct message spam is even more disgraceful coming from someone who makes a pretense at integrity, and is soliciting people to share personal information with him for his own benefit, under false pretenses.

If you have received “mental health advice” from Dale Archer, please contact your local state medical board and inquire if he is licensed to practice medicine in your state or authorized to dispense advice in the capacity of a psychiatrist. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. Report this man to the proper authorities for further investigation, if you believe he has crossed-the-line.

I’m not exactly sure who “Dr. Dale Archer” is, but I certainly am getting the impression he is not what he purports to be. Feel free to email me any information you have, or post below.

Update: It’s also interesting to note that the domain name askdrd.com is registered to “Dr. D, Inc”, in Virginia. I was unable to find further information on this company Is “Dr. D” a person or a corporation, for the purpose of providing “mental health advice”?

Google Wave Invites: Don’t Get Scammed

Google Wave invites are the latest fad to hit the net.  Like many people, you might be wondering how to get free Google Wave invites, or you might even be willing to pay for one. You should exercise some caution, however as there is no shortage of opportunists out there looking to take advantage of the hype.

Here’s some brief points on what not to do, and some advice on the quickest and most effective methods to get yourself that invite you are looking for.

Do Not:

  • Respond to Twitter spam claiming you will receive an invite if you re-tweet or follow. It’s a lie, and Twitter is banning accounts for encouraging this. You can report them to @spam. Do not re-tweet them, as you may be banned yourself.
  • Bid on Google Wave invites on Ebay. These listings are a violation of the terms of service, and are probably scams, in addition. You can report these to Ebay if you come across them.
  • Post randomly on every blog or forum you can find begging for an invite.  You will be wasting your time.
  • Fill out surveys online in response to offers for an invite.  These are scams. Report the url to the survey site.
  • Attempt to buy an invite through PayPal or some other method online.
  • Put in multiple requests for multiple accounts to the official site for requesting an invite from Google. They know what you are doing, and they won’t reward you for it.

Do:

Google Wave is the latest big thing from Google, and we’re all looking forward to trying it out.  I’ve yet to get an invite myself, but if I do I will be sharing them with others.  Please be patient, and when you have your invite, remember how you got it, and be generous. There’s at least  100,000 of them out there, so chances are if you go looking within the next week, you’ll be o.k.  Not everyone follows tech news as closely as others.  If you do not receive your invite, just be patient.  Once Google releases a large amount, the second batch is never too far away from the first.

Good luck, everyone.  Please do not support the scammers and liars.  If you see one of the deceptive attempts at exploiting users listed above, take the time to report them and help educate others.

And while you’re here, let us know what feature most excites you about Google Wave.  If you can’t think of one, you shouldn’t be worrying about an invite to begin with! If you’ve seen the video, or are already familiar with Wave, what do you like best?

Update: Thousands of people are now tweeting and re-tweeting this post. I’ve been getting a lot of requests for my Twitter account, so if you’re interested in following on Twitter, I’ve set this one up to share similar posts and have relevant discussions, and thank you everyone for helping get the word out and get people the tools they need to get invites in a legitimate fashion! @budgallant

Update: There’s a lot of fraudulent websites popping up (such as http://www.googwave.info). Do Not give these sites your Twitter info or email address! They are scammer sites. Google Wave Invites site, as posted above seems to be legitimate, since it has a forum and has been referenced by media, but I haven’t confirmed anyone has actually received an invite through that site yet.  Exercise caution always when it comes to your online identities.

Update: Originally this post endorsed the Google Wave invite trading platform that was in use on GoogleWaveInvites.com. Unfortunately, the website was closed with an announcement from Google that recent Wave invitees would no longer be able to invite other users, effectively shutting down this site and other similar invite trading platforms. So, as it stands now, beware of ANYBODY claiming they can get you an invite. With a few exceptions, there is no longer any way possible.  The only way to get an invite now is from Google or from a friend who has 1 of their original 8 left over (don’t count on it).

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