Crazy, right? It is 2020 and people are still being scammed. Oh, and catfished. Did you know they are in season eight? Mind blown. Anywho, it’s #TrendyTuesday and boy has scamming been a hot topic lately. I have seen many Instagram accounts recently that are created specifically to expose scammers and I couldn’t help but ask myself how and why have so many people been scammed by the same scammer. Today I think I may have a clue.
In order to be scammed there needs to be a scammer. It would be beneficial to look at why people feel the need to scam others in the first place. However, we shall save that for another day. For the sake of keeping this post short and concise I will jump right into why I believe people are still falling for scams. When people are lacking something they tend to look for whatever it is. Typically there is a certain way they want the package to look and be delivered, metaphorically speaking. So when things show up that resemble exactly what they want, or appear to be offering what they want, they rarely question it. With that being said, I find it safe to say that hope, a lack of patience and failure to do the work are reasons that people still fall for scams. Oh and do not let me forget ego.
I won’t go into much detail regarding ego because I wrote a previous post that explains ego. Just know that ego is what has kept people from sharing their stories of being scammed and in a way protected scammers and keep them in business.
Let me explain a little.
You know the saying “faith without works is dead”…yeah that. You have to do the work. This means ask questions, read reviews, look into the company or person, etc before going all in. Most people don’t do the work because it’s tedious but trust me, it is worth it. Not to mention it will probably prevent you from being scammed.
noun: hope plural noun: hopes
- a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Having hope is not a bad thing but hoping without patience or work can pose many issues. The sense of urgency is what often causes the failure to do the work and even blurs the eyes to discrepancies. Most people who have been scammed, if they actually sit and look back on the situation, will probably say that they had a feeling or should have known. It’s much like ignoring red flags in the beginning of a relationship.
I hope this all makes sense. I am basically saying that when you desperately want something or are desperately in need of something it is easy to throw caution to the wind and accept things with the hope that your gut isn’t right. It’s basic scam me formula.