The Senate is investigating deceptive sweepstakes practices. These companies target the elderly and make them think they will receive a bunch of money, but in reality they never see any of it.
The most popular of these scams is called Social Security. – Source ahajokes
After reading this article, there seems to be a lot of confusion as to what a scam is.
If I am selling brown poo to you but I tell you that it is a much more expensive blue poo and you buy expecting the blue stuff, then I scammed you.
If I have blue pooh and the street value is worth $10 but I sell it to you for $100 because I have also given you the opportunity to flush it down my golden toilet, then it isn’t a scam….
And it isn’t a scam if I don’t give you that option but you decide to buy it anyway for $100 when the street value is $10. You’ve elected to purchase the poo at the price because you thought that it would be worth it
If I told you that a friend of mine who bought my blue pooh rubbed it on his face and it cleared up his acne instantly and that it may do the same for you, that isn’t a scam either…unless I manufactured the friend or lied about what really happened.
If 100 people bought my blue pooh and only 50 people got the result my friend did and I told you that it works for some people but not for others and you bought it anyway, then I haven’t scammed you….I’ve warned you about the possibility that it wouldn’t work.
If I am selling you something based on curating the content from around the internet and doing research, then it isn’t a scam either. I have taken the time to find the information and you are saving time by using the information that I found.
On the other hand, if I am vague about something, calling it a “secret” to entice you and you get it thinking that you are getting something entirely different, then it could be that you were scammed.
Someone that takes your email address and resells it to a boiler room (or even their brother) may be a scumbag for doing it, but they certainly aren’t a scammer….unless of course, they told you on the front end that they weren’t going to share your information…and even then, you weren’t necessarily scammed…you were lied to. Big Name Companies do it all the time in banking and finance. Boiler rooms don’t just use small time operatives.
When do you think a scam is a scam?
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