Scam Artists 101
“Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel.” -Ziad K. Abdelnour
March 2, 2021
Have you ever been taken advantage of by a scam artist? You might be getting scammed, and you wouldn’t even know. Do people use you for food, money or something they want from you? According to Goodreads.com, Ziad K. Abdelnour once wrote in his book Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics, “Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel” implying you must stay cautious because your best friend could be so nice with a halo and wings but behind your back, they could have devil horns and a long red cape. Meaning find who really are your friends, not just in front of you, but all the time. Lots of people are only in your life for something they want out of you and once you decline them, they never bother you again. You could get so attached and they could leave you in a second if you do not give them what they want.
According to the website, Talkspace.com, the 7 most common signs you are being scammed in a friendship are,
- They do not listen to you, but always expect you to listen to them.
- They only want to hang out when it convenient for them
- They are constantly asking you to do favors for them
- They only reach out when they need help
- They are always making you pay for things
- They are using you to get ahead
- They do not show interest in your personal life.
Getting calls from unknown numbers could be one of the most common frauds in the business. Many telephone scammers say they are a part of the IRS and you need to pay them, or they cancel your bank account, or they need your social security number for some odd reason. Then one day you go to check your bank account and you have no money left, and you do not remember why. In some equations you could get a text message saying “! REWARD!” or “! Win 100,000 DOLLARS”! ,to get your attention. Then there could be certain link attached that when you click that certain link the scammer has all your personal information and access to anything in your phone all through a little text message that fooled you.
To prevent this do not even open the link, delete the text message and that contact from your phone and you do not have to worry about it. If you get a phone call wanting your personal information DON’T give it to them. Most of the times your phone has a contact saying “Potential scam” or “incoming scam” but not always, so still be cautious.
Many students and staff at Venice Middle School have cellphones or a form of technology. Tell your peers to be cautious and do not trust people on the web.