This email showed up in my inbox yesterday.
I didn’t buy that gas.
On my home from the office last night, a kid, about 10 years old or so, got on my subway car and announced that he was selling packages of cookies for a dollar to raise money to buy school supplies.
I’ve heard this song and dance before, of course: A kid gets on the subway car and announces that he or she is selling M&Ms for his or her basketball team, or so that he or she can stay off the street and go to college. It’s an easy story to fall for if you haven’t already heard it a million times, which I have, and why I’ve come to train myself to ignore the announcement, burying my head into my book, or whatever I’m reading on my phone.
People find all kinds of way to make money, and Todd Rutherford earned $28,000 a month writing fake reviews for books. GettingBookReviews.com no longer exists, but he’s planning on making money by offering a new service where he’ll blog and tweet about your book for $99. But who needs book reviews when you can just do this?
Another fun way to make money until you get caught.
Perhaps you got this email last week, and like me wondered: Is this spam?
“Your boss eats a hot dog during your interview.”
Last night I got a phone call from an unknown phone number, and because I had 45 minutes before my friend’s storytelling show started, I picked up. An automated voice welcomed me to a political survey. I was about to hang up when the computerized man voice sweetened the deal: “If you answer our 30-second survey, you will receive a free two-night, three-day cruise to the Bahamas courtesy of Caribbean Cruise Lines.”
1. Roasting human fetuses, covering them in gold leaf, selling them for $6,500 2. Smuggling the fetuses into Taiwan and selling them for $40,000 3. Buying one of the fetuses, as everyone knows that charred, gold-leafed fetuses bring riches and luck :(
The next day at school, you told all your friends about it, and you began identifying those former cool kids as “The Scam Artists.”