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Why do people cheat and scam ?

January 28th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

I am a full time blogger and am in the process of monetizing my site. (For a non-IT person this is tantamount to scaling MT. Everest.) In an effort to create a blog that separates me from the rest of the blogs I must invest a lot of time and energy. I am a journalist and a professional writer and was initially contemplating working for a reputable newspaper. In my earnest opinion old-fashioned tangible newspapers, magazines, and books are here to stay and will never go away. It goes without saying that not only do I write, I am a voracious reader. I love the smell of publications; that goes for all three – newspapers, magazines and books (each has a very distinct smell), I adore the texture, the look, the feel (when I’m reading something on the web that’s lengthy, I’ll very often print it out because it must be tangible and it’s a compulsion of mine to underline and make comments in the margins) all senses are engaged, not just vision, when I’m reading. That’s why I believe these e-books, the Kindle and the like, will never make it in the long run. Real readers need the physical publication. Trust me on this one.

Now having said all this why did I elect to become a Pro blogger and communicate electronically; seems like I’m contradicting the aforementioned. The answer to this is simply put – books are here to stay forever but Cyberspace is here to stay too and it’s just going to get bigger. The internet will never kill the book but it will injure the book industry. The e-books are a winner for people who don’t read like my brother (a little personal but he out rightly will say I’m not a reader I’m too busy) and that’s fine.

Now to the point of the blog; there are a plethora of scammers and cheaters on the World Wide Web. They will utilize whatever unsavory tactic imaginable to sabotage your efforts, somehow mislead you, and drain you of whatever you are monetarily worth. The good news is that scammers usually read from the same book. They’re easy to spot. Anyone with even marginal intelligence can detect a scam. It’s simple – anyone promoting the notion of instant wealth without working for it. The only real work involved is opening your wallet and freely giving the scammer all your personal information such as your Visa number. To prevent this from happening to you it’s very simple. This always works for me; if I say to myself this is too good to be true then it is. Nothing supplants time and hard work. Nothing! Physicians must go to college, medical school and be a resident – 12 years of your life after high school before making a dime.

However, every once in a while you will get a subtle scammer. This individual perhaps won’t use the hackneyed methods and is cleverer than a fox and you wind up scratching your head and say why someone so intelligent would spend so much effort into cheating (because subtlety involves time and hard work) when with all that much painstaking ingenuity and time the cheater could make a fortune legitimately.

Well Enough ink on this for now, WHADAWETHINK ? Have you ever been scammed? Is there any worse feeling than being cheated? Everyone gets duped at sometime in his or her life that’s why they call it experience; but the problem with experience is that the lesson comes after the incident not before. What is the psychology behind cheating? Doesn’t everyone want to earn a living legitimately (I’m going to ask Rhett & oracle about this) Please comment but elaborate. What precisely did you like about the blog? What didn’t you like about it? Create interaction. I appreciate the positive sincere praise but what I really want is to fire up exchange and interaction and stimulate thought.

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5 Responses to “Why do people cheat and scam ?”

  1. Lawrence Taylor's Illegitimate Son Says:

    I know you’d asked for feedback on cheating and scamming, but I just have to comment on the e-book trend you mention; we may be in the minority but you’re right, there is a (perhaps significant) segment of the population who will never accept the sensory remoteness and disconnect of virtual print. For me, the reading experience is as much tactile and olfactory as it is intellectual. I’ll go a step further and admit I often ‘taste’ a virgin (or just opened) page with the tip of my tongue.

    Of course, I’m also one of those people who thought the cruelest “Twilight Zone” episode was the one in which Burgess Meredith is the only survivor of an apparent World War III, only he doesn’t mind because he now has a chance to do nothing but read. Several years pass and he’s very content and the scene pans to all of the books he’s read during the preceeding months; but then he stumbles and his only pair of glasses shatter. I haven’t seen the episode in 25 years (and purposefully change the channel if it comes on) but the anguish of the moment still resonates with me. I wonder if Rod Serling (a brilliant man who abhored ignorance and anti-intellectualism) ever explained why he produced that cold and heartless episode.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    I have all 156 episodes of TZ(on VHS, BTW). Rod Serling was a genius and an utterly fascinating man and to say he had a fertile imagination is an understatement; and there has never been a show nor will there ever be another one quite like it I’m sure ever again. There is autobiographical material in every writer’s stories; how can you make anything real and tangible without having had some sort of taste of it. The episode to which you referred is I’m sure one of Serling’s worst nightmares. I agree it is prodigiuosly painful to watch but I think it’s indeed one of his best episodes. It can also be interpreted so many different ways which what great art is all about.

    We all know Serling died very young (age 50). He was a very intense, chain-smoking workaholic. Thanks for the great post.

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