So tonight has been kind of annoying as I’ve had to battle my site. I hope it’s still up and running, but if it’s not then maybe you can’t see this anyway.

Drained of energy, I poked around doing routine tasks like emptying my spam folder. Lo and behold, I saw an e-mail which was too good not to click on (dumb, maybe). Ewen Chia “Pet”* has come up with a “set it and forget it” system which will make you money on autopilot.

I didn’t actually click on the link, but Googled it to find a nice website which displays the product in all its glory (if nothing else, check it out for covering all the classics of such “deals” including yellow highlights, slashed prices, and screenshots of “actual profits”). Actually, there’s more glory here than in the e-mail.

It claims that the net profit from one account in two weeks was over $500k. And you can have multiple accounts.

No wonder Chia Pet is so generous with giving away the secret! He must be a bazillionaire’ pulling in a million a month.

It’s handy that you don’t need your own site, staff, writing, customers, anything. I’m not really sure where the money comes from. Maybe it’s like on Office Space, where they’re capturing those tiny fractions of cents.

Ok, I hadn’t planned to spend quite that long on that part. Because here’s what I’m coming too…what’s so scary about these sites.

What’s scary is that people purchase this stuff. Maybe a few people are pulling in great salaries, have $27 to spare, and think “What the hell, all I’ll lose is $27.”

I’m afraid, though, that more of these people are hopeful and in a bad financial situation and hope to find their path out. It’s like buying lottery tickets, though I think you have a better chance with the lottery tickets. This kind of thing takes money from those who are poor and desperate and gives them nothing valuable in return.

I can identify in some ways with those people who want to get rich faster and more easily. Making money isn’t easy. It requires getting up and going to work, maybe at an unrewarding job for a pittance (if they’re the desperate ones). If you’re freelancing or un/under-employed, it also involves the energy of job-hunting.

There are days when I look at the powerball things and am tempted to play. Fortunately, I’m such an underbuyer that I couldn’t bear to part with a single dollar for something I don’t need.

It scares me that there are people who are ok with scamming the vulnerable. It frightens me that they can sleep at night. It’s the same fear I feel when I think of the men who molested some of my friends as children, the fear that people like that can exist. How can preying on the defenseless be condoned? How can it be lived with? And how does it come about? Did they come up with it as a way to escape their own poverty, kind of like many molesters were molested?

Ok, wow that took a dark turn. Who knows, maybe this system really does work and nets people millions. Maybe I’d never have to work a day in my life if I just tried it (kind of like the interest here). But I’m not going risk giving a scammer $27 of my money. No way, no how.

And two side-notes: One, people in Crazy Fox commercials are paid actors not talking about typical earnings. It says so on their site. Two, all rationality aside, wouldn’t it be cool if something like this actually worked? (three, see it’s that kind of thinking that makes these scammers money!)

*I reserve the right to mock peoples’ names when they spam me.

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Catherine Lawson January 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I hate those scams too Mrs M. And they do pray on the desperate and vulnerable. That’s some return on investment – half a million a month for $27. I don’t know how they get away with making such outrageous claims.

Hilda January 24, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I can see your post just fine. As for those scams, I agree with Catherine, their claim of ROI is so ridiculous it’s laughable.

Wooly Woman January 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Oh but easy money would be soooo nice to have hahahaha….. If it is too easy I am definitely wary, and yes, such scams are terrible. I am pretty sure these people must have no conscience whatsoever!

Andrew Stevens January 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

People can rationalize anything. In this case, there’s an easy rationalization available. “If I don’t scam them out of their money, somebody else will (probably the lottery).” I don’t think much of this reasoning either, but it’s common enough. One of the reasons why I don’t play poker for money is that I can’t screen out those people who can’t afford to lose their money to me. I’m reluctant to judge too harshly people who don’t have my scruples in that regard, but it’s just not something I could do.

As for child molesters, this is a combination of the human ability to rationalize (“I’m not actually doing them any physical harm,” for those who aren’t doing actual physical harm anyway) and a misfiring which has caused them to be sexually attracted to childlike traits that they’re supposed to feel protective of.

RacerX January 25, 2008 at 12:08 am

The sad thing is that it isn’t those that can afford to try, it is the people who can ill afford try.

They are bottom feeders of the worst kind.

Dad January 25, 2008 at 9:18 am

RacerX, you have put it so well. MrsMicah, for all the low lifes out there there are still plenty of reasonably good people. Don’t lose hope.

vh January 25, 2008 at 10:38 am

Excellent rant!

As a resident of a state that pioneered numbers-running for fun and profit (uhm, sorry: make that “the lottery”) and was among the first to legalize gambling casinos on the reservations, I have to agree that the people who spend the most on these scams are the ones who have the least to spend.

Really, you’d be a lot better off betting on the numbers than buying a ticket for a state lottery, because your chances of winning are significantly higher in a numbers game.

We had an elderly friend who was a laborer all his life. In his old age, he lived in poverty and could only afford a crummy studio apartment that was just a step above an SRO. When he died, his estranged wife (who had stayed friends with him–just didn’t want to cook & clean up after him) went to clean out the apartment and found stacks and stacks of old lottery tickets. He was walking over to a nearby grocery store once every day or two, and every time he went in there he bought two more lottery tickets.

Talk about your Starbucks habit: at the time lottery tix were two bucks a hit, so the old guy was spending $4.00 a day (plus tax) every day. At least a cup of sweetened coffee delivers a caffeine zing and a sugar high. With a lottery ticket all you get is a worthless piece of paper.

Now, you have to allow that the lottery DOES bring a ton of money into the state’s coffers. But it’s coming from the people who can least afford it. It amounts to an enormously regressive tax.

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