In this day and age do you believe a shonky salesman can still fool all of the people some of the time?

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We all know that part of selling is matching problems to solutions is an important service.

But not all sales people play by these rules. For unwary buyers the sting comes when they don’t need something but get hooked on the promise of what may lead to a better life.

John a mate, from my local watering hole, sent me a link inviting me to join Paybox.me. The carrot for him was he got $10 if I joined. So in spite of my father’s warning to be wary of men selling things in pubs, I went ahead.

This site looked good and promoted an early bird chance on a prelaunch business set to take on the giant payment and currency system PALPAY. To humor my mate and for fun I joined and immediately got $25 deposited in a new account that I registered. And then if I encouraged others I got a $10 referral fee too.

It seemed so easy even though I suspected a catch. But in just a couple of days I had a few hundred dollars in my account for doing virtually nothing. It seemed a great deal but I still wondered when they would tell me about how I could spend my new money.

But even when it came clear it was all Disney Dollars in drag, by then magic $ signs growing had me ignoring the fine print. Like an out of control train you should jump from, nothing can stop gullible people like me believing it will be ok. I already had a large pile at stake, was on ground floor si it was easy for them to use clever wording to muffle any common sense I had left. For example the alternative competitor concept to grab some of the obscene amounts of money from a greedy mogul like PayPal, seemed to make it compelling even though by now they were opening saying it was a long shot the play money would eventually be acceptable to buy good and services if they could make it turn into a real currency.

The truth is, even though I did knew it was all crap, to me what made it worth watching was finding how they planned to get a list of 20 million names, that they boasted would make it all work. Nothing to lose I thought and even disbelieving the substance I still considered it fun to see how many $10 bonuses I could rack up for each referral I made.

With a few years doing this blog under my belt I had nearly 19,000 loyal followers on my Twitter account built up the hard way. I did myself no favours by sending then this junk as my following immediately fell to 18,000; a lesson not to mess with people who trust you.

That made me re-look at PlayBox which actually had nothing real. The material on their site was all play-me material clearly designed for suckers. The usual vagueness of a sting-marketing program was had the typically long on hype and short on promise landing pages which also seemed unrelated. Like a bad TV Ad they had subliminal adjectival messages with no substance designed to reduced resistance with nauseating repetition designed exhaust skeptic’s natural distrust.

The poorly disguised links were way out of context and a dead giveaway. When I followed some they lead to other suspect money making schemes that promised nothing and just lead to dodgy schemes with “Send me real money to get rich quick sucker schemes”

I am sure they were working on the theory we all know. that as any story gets bigger and more people get involved it starts to take on proportions of trust and the truth that even Blind Freddy can’t see. Like many such schemes that never happen, I suspect this was a scam for building lists with hooks, hype and halos for something that will never be launched.

We all know the biggest and best cons are the ones that fool all of the people some of the time. NO less true here with the sting being all the while as the crooks cream off loads of cash from gullible people in small doses with equally dodgy side promotions then quietly evaporate before someone tumbles them.

And like mud on your face it is also so obvious when you look back. Such a service would involve all the banks and all financial markets. Anything free is a sure sign that there is something to be wary about.

So I think I will stick to PayPal . Right now it costs me nothing to buy and when I sell it’s safe. .

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