Online scamming has become an increased activity, mostly every one has been a prey of online scams in one way or another. Generally people who are in search of quick and easy money generate illegal or fraud ways to mint money from the general public.The interesting thing about scamming is that there are so many new innovative ways invented everyday now that it leaves me in awe of the brains behind the scam, in fact, giving it a thought that if so much of brain, logic and thinking was devoted towards something positive, that person might’ve achieved something better and that too, in a legal way.
The problem of the younger generation is that they find short cuts to earn a lot of money and one thing is for sure that no matter what, the illegal and fraud ways to earn money are surely meant to be exhausted, that is, these ways are not meant to be long lasting. For example, in India a man named Harshad Mehta got fed up with his crappy pay and cramped up apartment, so he decided to take up a job in Bombay Stock Exchange in the nineties. He kept on earning there by discovering loopholes and taking advantages of these shortcomings. In the year 1992, he was caught and was claimed to be a scammer of Rs. 500 Crore, it is the in famous Scam 1992 case.
Citing examples from my personal life, two years ago, my bank account showed a deduction of about eight thousand rupees, the transaction was done by neither me nor my family. It was highly suspicious and of course, a source of worry because I had lost so much of money, when I googled the details about the details and transactions, I found out that it is a scam on a very large scale, many people had lost thousands of rupees and they never received the money back and neither did I.Even my sister faced an online scam, a scammer called her asking to join a job portal(she was looking for a job) , he just demanded two thousand rupees so that he could register her name, she somehow agreed and gave him the money. After that, the man stopped picking my sister’s calls and hence, my sister got duped.Since then, I stopped believing in the internet and refrained myself from shopping or transferring funds online.
A few days ago I came across Omaze, it raises funds for varied reasons and causes. However, for each fundraising, they give away high prize draws too. The winners gets a car or a house or a dinner with a celebrity or something that you wish to do in your lifetime. A small amount which is more than ten per cent of each donation goes to the charity. I thought to myself that this is such an exciting, fun opportunity and also investing in this will be a part of donations for the organization. But then I stopped myself and thought ” Is Omaze a scam?”, I was just worried and anxious at the same time, but eventually I took a leap of faith and invested and luckily, it was not a scam, in fact, I received a prize too and I was happy that a part of my money was donated.
Although there might be a lot of scammers online, but everyone is not there to scam you, is what I have learnt.