I am the owner of Podex Exchange, the ‘scam company’ who offers VISA card for avatars as well as buy or sell lindens. I can perfectly understand the doubts that avatars have so let me explain some of them.
1) PODEX VISA CARD.
It is a new product on Second Life market offer so it is normal it can look suspicious, especially for people who never used Podex service. Here is some clarification.
Podex card, and Podex Exchange itself, is in no way connected with Linden Lab, but it is a real, plastic VISA card with PIN code etc. Of course there are no lindens on it but real money, as lindes are not official currency ( not yet… J.
The card works in a simple way – you pay lindens, lindens are exchanged to real currency (USD, EURO, GBP), card is loaded and than you spend real money in real life.
2) Is Podex a scam?
Well, it is really hard to prove that Podex is not a fake company and I am not a scammer myself, but I will try to do it anyway
Some basic fact.
I, Jacek Shuftan, logged in SL in 2006 and started Podex Exchange in 2007. I do not think that it is possible to cheat people for so many years and not get banned.
Podex Exchange is published on Linden Lab list of third party exchanges http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Archive/Third_Party_Linden_Dollar_Exchanges . You are right, the list is not updated but would Linden Lab list a fake company, even in the past?
Apart from financial business activity we also run no profit Second Life movies web page http://www.secondmovie.com/ I am also an animator and some of you could use my animations in-world. This is rather not typical for swindlers.
We support many SL aimed projects e.g. http://slnewser.blogspot.com, http://www.slenquirer.com. Ask their editors about Podex.
There is no place to put all facts in one post so contact me inworld or here and I promise to answer all questions.
To finish my too long post.
Personally, I hate thieves in all worlds and I advice everybody to fight with them, just for our own good. I report them in SL and hope you will do the same with everybody who you suspect. Sure, it also includes me so if you believe that there is something not fair with me or my company I ask you to write a report.