Scamera Front Group Duped by Activists

July 19, 2010

UPDATE: 7/19 10:20 PM: See below.

SARA!

No, not Sarah Connor, who was mercilessly pursued in the Terminator series by a self-aware surveillance network named Skynet. We’re talking about the “Safer Arizona Roads Alliance,” the astroturf answer by photo radar peddlers such as American Traffic Solutions and Redflex to opponents such as CameraFRAUD.

On July 6th, SARA “re-tweeted” a message from Twitter account @RedflexPR regarding

SARA homepage with Twitter feed on right

the statewide ballot initiative missing the mark for number of signatures required:

THANK YOU ARIZONA FOR NOT SIGNING THE PHOTO RADAR PETITION. 34,000 SIGNATURES SHORT OF GOING ON NOV. BALLOT.

Of course, upon even basic examination of the RedflexPR account it becomes painfully obvious that

The SARA twitter account, #SaferArizona

the account is a spoof of the beleaguered Australian firm, with quips such as “WHEN YOU CANCEL OUR CONTRACTS, WE’LL COME AFTER YOU,” and “WE’RE AS REAL AS THE PHOTO ENFORCEMENT VIOLATIONS SENT IN THE MAIL.”

Other honorable tweets from the phantom account, which is not operated by CameraFRAUD, include:

“YOU DIDN’T HEAR THIS FROM US, BUT ATS ARE A BUNCH OF SCUMBAGS”

“LOOK AT THESE CRAZY CATS TRYING TO BAN PHOTO RADAR IN ARIZONA. WE’LL BE BACK LIKE THE HERP”

According to our research, SARA is the largest and most organized of the groups supporting the cameras, boasting 32 friends on Facebook and almost 23 followers on Twitter.

Keep up the good work, SARA!

Update: SARA not only removed the “trojan tweet,” they also removed the entire Twitter widget as well as their link to their Facebook account. Of course, the entire incident will live happily documented on CameraFRAUD from now until…. forever. Here’s their latest screenshot, with convenient circles of doom (added by us) highlighting the areas changed.

(Note to SARA: Contact our Twitter guy… he does online brand management professionally and would probably love to represent your disinformation and propaganda campaign… for a price!)


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