Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by random3434, May 6, 2009.
Pretty interesting article:
Beware of Message Board Scam Artists - Associated Content
In that case, I want back the $20 I sent you for your hamster's hernia operation, EZ. Your hamster probably doesn't even need a hernia operation, does it? Boy, is my face red.
Oh, well. At least I helped xotoxi and his pet iguana - needed it's teeth cleaned.
I need a new set of golf clubs. My game would lose three strokes and my handicap would greatly improve with a new set of PING G2's. Any assistance the members of this board might be willing to give would be greatly appreciated.
LOL! I remember someone like that on the first message board I was ever on, but people caught on to her and ran her off. I find the scammers are more likely to be pushing a political agenda or just playing at being someone else.
What a good idea, I was planning on buying some new clubs at the end of the month now I will just ask for some donations.
I've seen this happen on a number of boards. Even if I develop friendships with people on boards, I would never fork over any money unless I could be convinced that the story was true. I saw a woman post a story about her home being destroyed in a well-publicized tornado. The tornado was real and did kill dozens of people but this woman was just hanging on the coattails of the story and adding her own personal spin but as is the case with any liar, the more she got into the details, the less they fit into the puzzle and when confronted about the story, she disappeared along with the money some people had already donated.
You're going to have to sell it a little bit better than that.
This year, our school special olympics is really short of funs....they are asking the parents to donate $5 to pay for trophies so each kid can get one. I'm giving them a check for $20 to pay for 3 kids who's parents can't afford it. Anyone wants to donate, contact me, I promise it will go to the special olympics. If you want to be sure, contact your local school district and give to THEIR special olympics program. Things are getting tougher every year and it seems these kids are getting the short end of the stick.
If people here didn't know what I do for a living it would be an easier sell.
On another message board, there was one in particular like that. Everyday was just another impossible situation for her. She did get money from a couple of people. I really don't like being cynical and sending someone $20 would not kill me but there is something nutty about her anyway. I really wasn't motivated to help her and I didn't want her to feel she could come back for more.
It's an interesting phenomenon online:
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