What is a SCAM?

Singapore
March 18, 2007 8:20pm CST
I have seen the use of this word on myLot so often that it prompt me to start this new discussion. On seeing the topic, I believe a lot of people will think they know the answer. However, I personally feel that the word has been abused so many time that it is beyond recognition. If a Free site does not pay you, do you call this site a Scam? What do you lose anyway? If a paid site says that you need to follow certain instructions to earn but you didn't, do you call this site a Scam? For example, if you get a part-time job like doing delivery but you did not follow the instruction and deliver to the wrong address, whose fault is it? Is it the company's fault? I know that there are REAL Scam out there but I feel that one needs to justify first before calling site a Scam. What do you think?
2 responses
@moreinfo (3867)
• China
21 Mar 07
we could not call a failed program scam. scam: A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
• Singapore
22 Mar 07
I believe we all agree with that dictionary definition. What we need to know is in what format they are operating so that new-comers can know how to tell and be aware of it. For me, the safest is still to join those free programs first to get some experience on the Internet business before venturing to join those that needs payment.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I think of a scam as a plot to deliberately cheat someone out of something that rightfully belongs to them. If you work for low wages, that wouldn't be a scam because you agreed to work for those wages. If someone promised you could make $5000 dollars a day by selling perfume to your relatives after you paid them a fee of $80 to join, that would be a scam. There are tons of scams out there. Most of them can be recognized as worthless by using your common sense. Some are a little trickier.
• Singapore
19 Mar 07
Just for general discussion sake, why would a person believe the guy who says that he can earn $5000 a day by selling perfume? This is commone sense, but it seems that not everybody use theirs when it involves money. All they think about is: You promise $5000 but you needn't deliver. They are missing the point that they have to EARN that $5000, not EXPECT that $5000 to drop from the sky. They should be asking themselves: Am I able to reach that target MYSELF? If not, don't join. But if you ask a Perfume counter girl in an upmarket boutique, I can guarantee you that there is no problem for her to earn more than that. Is the same thing, selling perfume, but why is the result different? Food for thought!