Is Ol"Tim losing it?
I don't like receiving spam, so, guess what, I have a good spam filter. And I don't give my e-mail address away (I have a dedicated spam-trap. Two actually).
I don't like to be scammed, so I don't buy from websites which offer CHe AP GENIUNE ROLex IMpress Ur fRIEnds FOr aFaRCTion oF tHe PRIce. But again, I don't buy Rolexes or, erm, "shades" from the guys in long black coats in the street, either.
And if I really really *HAVE* to buy something from an online retailer which has no physical outlet and which I do not know -that's just asking for trouble, but let's imagine-, I do a bit of research first. Checking the contact information, the physical address and the registration of the company is the _bare_ _minimum_. Guess what, it works a charm. Anyone not doing that deserves everything they get, should they be the "inventor of the Internet" or something.
TBL is quite a bit influencial in some circles, so he might want to be careful before spouting nonsense like that. Especially as it's in direct contradiction with some of his other, more sane interventions (Phorm, anyone? It's for your safety after all...).
Not to mention that in this case the bad guys were not even really trying, were they? They could have redirected the number to a foreign "call centre" to at least have a tiny bit of credibility. You can make whatever law you wish, it's never going to prevent this kind of things if people are completely stupid. As TBL was, in this case.