Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eternal Ignorance

There was an interesting thread on one of the lists I subscribe to a few days ago. I'm going to share some of it with you. I'll be using screenshots of the emails so you can see the actual conversations, and see how some people will not learn. I hope you find it interesting, or perhaps even amusing, as only the pigheadedness of people's desire to get something for nothing (or at least at a heavy discount) can be.

The original poster (OP) was looking for cheap software:

[caption id="attachment_640" align="alignnone" width="419" caption="Seeking deals in spam"]Seeking deals in spam[/caption]

Everything about this deal screams "SCAM". Others agreed.

[caption id="attachment_643" align="alignnone" width="466" caption="Pointing out his error"]Another list member pointing out his error[/caption]

OP disagreed with everyone (there were many more, "Don't Do it!" posts.

[caption id="attachment_656" align="alignnone" width="432" caption="Does he really believe this?"]Does he really believe this?[/caption]

Did anyone actually read the first graphic? Do you remember him saying his VISA card was compromised in December, and he has no idea why.

I finally tried to explain why he was wrong. It didn't do any good.

[caption id="attachment_661" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="I weigh in"]I weigh in[/caption]

The moderator killed the thread, but not before it was obvious that, no matter the risk, this guy was going to try to buy from spammers. Of course, part of the problem was his definition of spam. To him, any mention of a product in an electronic medium is spam. I know this because he used a thread about the Magic Jack internet phone service as an example of legitimate spam.

The rest of his problem was he didn't want to be educated. He asked for advice, then completely disregarded it. I'm sure one day he will be wondering how somebody found out enough about him to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Or maybe only tens of thousands. Either way, he could have gone a long way toward avoiding it by just not using spam to shop with.

Oh, and that link to check websites is: http://www.siteadvisor.com/
Enter the URL of the site you want to check in the box on the right:

[caption id="attachment_664" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="One useful tool"]One useful tool[/caption]

Of course, if you are using current versions of most browsers, many have built in sitecheckers. But it's hard to overtest these things.

Hope this was helpful. Keep your eyes open and keep safe