Jan 23rd, 2007 by AhYap
Everyday (EVERYDAY!) you open the newspaper and you will read news about someone being conned (骗）.
The story plot is almost the same everyday.
1. Victim receives an SMS claiming that he has won a lottery and is asked to call back. The lottery prize is usually RM30,000 to RM50,000. Why? Too big the amount is hard to believe, too small the amount cannot generate enough temptation.
2. Victim gets excited and call back. Conman （骗子） use all sorts of psychology, motivation, marketing, sales technique, religion talk, feng-shui and luck talk to bring you to HEAVEN (lot’s of pleasure on winning the lottery).
3. Conman then mention that they need to collect a small amount of ‘processing fee’, ‘insurance’ or ‘tax’ before they can release the lottery. (RM1,000 to RM5,000) The Key Part!
4. Victim transfer money to the conman (whom now become the real lottery winner because he gets the money) and wait to receive his RM50,000. He brags around his wife and friends for winning the lottery. He takes his families to eat TGI Fridays and celebrate with friends in KTV because he know tomorrow he is going to be rich.
5. He keeps checking his account balance to see if he has received the RM50,000, but the account only show him he has spent RM5,000 earlier.
5. He didn’t make the RM50,000. But indeed he makes a police report and make an old-boring-repeated-news on the newspaper.
6. Another victim, another police report, another news on the newspaper.
More surprisingly, one might thought someone who is smart and educated (i.e. professionals, university graduates, businessman …) won’t easily get conned. But INDEED, most people who get conned are actually lawyers and PHDs!
They are not stupid, they are greedy. They are perfect examples of the psychology ‘Pain and Pleasure’. ‘Pain and Pleasure’ means people will do anything to get PLEASURE (快乐） and will do anything to stay away form PAIN （痛苦）. When there are both pleasure and pain, the force of staying away from pain will dominate. (Getting slim is a pleasure but exercising and stop easting is pain. So pain dominate and thus becoming fat is more preferable)
The money act as the PLEASURE and not getting the money act as the PAIN. Even they suspect it might be a SCAM, they will still give it a try because their mind keep saying, “What if it is real?!”. The pain of not getting the money IF IT IS REAL is so big that eventually they have to become the victim.
- If you really are the winner of such a big prize, why didn’t they call you directly by phone instead of using an SMS? (remember they already know your phone number and is able to SMS you)
- If they know you are the lottery winner, how come they didn’t mention your name on the SMS?
- If you really need to pay RM5,000 processing fee or tax, why can’t they just deduct it from your RM50,000 prize and just pay you RM45,000?
The PAIN and PLEASURE is so powerful that if you point to a potential victim that it is a SCAM, their face will immediately turn black and thought that you are insane! They can’t believe why you are so
stupid to believe that it is a SCAM. They will actually hate you and think that you are actually jealous on him. This will even push them to get the ‘money’ quicker so they can prove to you that you are wrong! (They are lawyers and PHDs and their ego tell them they are smarter than you!)
WARNING: EVEN if you have read my post here, I can tell you that you can still be the next victim. Because from my experience, most people don’t learn until they really get burned. My post seems to be very logical and easy to understand. But in real case scenario where the PAIN and PLEASURE really kick in, you might become emotionally and can no longer be able to think logically. If you are the next victim, you can write a comment here so I can laugh. But don’t feel ashamed because you can said to yourself, “PHDs and lawyers also can get conned,why can’t me?”. (I am insulting you because I hope you will really learn something here)
Remember, If money just fall out of the sky, PIG CAN FLY! Wahahahaha.
A similar Cantonis sayings is “边都会有甘大只kap-la 随街跳！” which translated to there won’t be a BIG FROG jumping on the street. I don’t know what kind of frog is a kap-la but I believe it is some kind of big eatable frog.