2:05 p.m. - February 22, 2006
I think it’s safe to say that
And while we have a theme of idiocy, I’d like to touch on a couple things I received, on the same day.
I wrote this about spam in the mailbox, and since then instead of saving spam I’ve been deleting it. It’s been the same old same old.
But then, I received this little gem in ye olde mailbox (and not even in the spam mailbox).
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 03:16:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Glorious Offer From Morham's Family
From Mrs Rita Morham
Then, on the same day, I was downstairs in the office and a fax came over and it was from a Mr. Jack Williams. His email was Jackwilliams@hotpop.com and his efax is 206-339-3265.
It was addressed to the CEO/President and it was the typical scam. He’s the Head of Delegation to the World Bank in West Africa and he’s the linkman between OPEC and the petroleum sector of a West African country and he’s got a whole bunch of oil money but he can’t claim it because he’s a civil servant, blah, blah, blah.
I wonder who is gullible enough to still fall for these little schemes. But some people still want to get rich, quick, without any effort at all.
A couple times, my little devious mind thought about things like this.
For one, there was this radio show on sports radio I used to listen to when I drove late at night after covering games. Basically, it was a 30-minute shill for his 1-900 service where he would offer “guaranteed winners” for a price. (If you’re not into sports betting, don’t worry, I won’t get into it here).
A lot of these schlubs are just preying on the hapless gambling addicts, hoping they could offer insight on games like LaSalle against Saint Louis, or Weber State against Northern Arizona. Well, if you’re betting on games like that without a connection to either school, you have a problem.
The cost for these calls would be $29.99 or $39.99 and they’d always ask you to make even more calls for *more* winners (so I read). So I thought why not invest in a 1-900 number and charge just $5? Every day in the morning, I pick winners, put ‘em on a tape, and then away we’d go!
But the more I thought about it – the more I thought it would be unethical. I mean, I could use the money, but even as much as I think those ‘experts’ are full of hooey, I would be passing myself off as one of them.
Then, as a result of a lot of televangelist sightings in the news, and my discovery of ol’ Trapezoid Head, who has the power to knock over people in a carefully choreographed way with just a wave of his hand, I thought that I could do that, and be just as sincere as those clowns are.
Spread the good word, make a little cash, it’s the American way, right?
Well, of course I came to my senses soon because anecdotally, I have heard that a lot of the people who give to these ministries are the people who really can’t afford to give money to them. If you want to give to the men of God (it’s your choice) – it’s better to give to churches and organizations in your town.
Clean up your own backyard. Oral Roberts won’t be there for you, but someone from your town may be.
So, I guess I’m not cut out for the flim-flam game.
Which is OK by me? I saw “The Grifters” – and that didn’t really work out for anyone, did it?