Yesterday, I read two articles in the newspaper with great concern.
Scams — online or offline — are real. The hazards are real. Despite efforts from various parties trying to educate the public regarding scams, somehow the message is just not reaching out.
Take Article #1 for example; the victim was actually conned TWICE totaling RM148,000 on the same day and by the same group of people. The first attempt saw her losing RM46,000. Having caught a naive victim, her perpetrator tried to con her again. This time, using a bigger cash prize (RM3.2mil) as the bait. Unfortunately, the poor victim fell for it.
We have probably read, heard or saw news about people falling for scams. The victims range from Datuks to lawyers to college students to housewives. Most of them are well educated people but yet they fail to identify these scams. There is nothing to be blamed but the lack of awareness itself. In the past week, I read two blogger’s post regarding scams through the Internet and SMS.
Scams and other methods of fraud will not cease by itself. In fact, it will only grow and strengthen as new techniques and methods are used. Therefore, to solve this problem I suggest we, bloggers run a “Scam Awareness Campaign“. We will use our blogs to spread the message, warning readers to be aware of scams.
We can set a date (eg. 30th April 2007), where on that date, all bloggers who are willing to join this campaign will write a post about scams in their own blog(s). It can be about how to identify scams, latest scams techniques, scam prevention or any other related topic. The post don’t need to be long. Even a “Beware of scam!” message is sufficient. This is an opportunity to spread the message to help reduce the rate of scams.
You don’t have to be a Malaysian or are currently residing in Malaysia to join this campaign. This is because scams happen throughout the world. Check this and this out. The most important thing is, this campaign is FREE. You don’t pay anything to run it. Of course, unless you say, “I pay for this site. Every alphabets, I pay for” (just joking). But hey, it is for a good cause.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
— Les Brown
It would be great if I can gather a large number of bloggers to join this campaign. However, to not be alone at the end, would suffice.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions to help promote this campaign, please leave a comment. To help me better understand the possible response of this campaign, please answer the poll below. Thank you.
- No -- I'm not interested
- No -- you're trying to gain cheap publicity
- Yes -- It's for a good cause
- Yes -- but I still think you're trying to gain cheap publicity
UPDATE: I found another blog entry regarding scam. Go read her entry on how a live scam would have been like.
UPDATE 3: Yet another post from LiewCF entitled, “Why Join Internet Investment Schemes“. At first glance, I thought he was ENCOURAGING people to join Internet investment schemes! LOL! However, after reading his post, I realize he was advising people against it. It’s a good read.