Has anybody here ever been tempted by miracle remedies? We have all seen those questionable links at the bottom of websites that seem to promise just about anything. I finally clicked on one of them just to find out how outrageous it was, and it surpassed all of my expectations. I think it took about 20 minutes to get to the price ($39 if you order fast enough to qualify) and then another 5 or 10 minutes to receive the revelation that it is a book containing all of the secrets.
Yet the tout claims that he absolutely does not want to earn any money and is not selling anything. Frankly, it becomes hypnotic after awhile and it made me understand how easy it is to recruit terrorists on the internet, assuming those people use the same methods.
I used to question the very same thing but, having been on forums enough, isn't there always one charlatan, charismatic lure to entice, fall under some "spell", whatever, of one particular person? It's pretty obvious to me how certain persons can do this. Not too unlike some of the Evangelicals of the 80's and 90's on TV were able to allure even the most unsuspecting.
I worked with a mastermind Doctor of Social Work. specializing in systems therapy working with families. His technique was mesmerizing, I sat in on umpteen family therapy sessions with him, with limited engagement on my part at his instructions.
It really was a mind opening experience in how these techniques work, and no wonder how people in marketing are able to persuade, seduce etc. their prospective "victims".
Speaking of prospective victims, this morning I received an email supposedly from the Family Allowance payment centre -- of which I am not a member or client -- saying that given some of the work I have done, they owe me 217€50. The page looked absolutely authentic with the right logos. However, when I clicked on the link, it was a box to fill in my banking information, including the code on the back, the special question to be asked, etc.
I did wonder how many people would be scammed into giving their banking information.
Every now and then I find myself compelled to click on one of the click bait sites that pollute the bottom of the news sites. I always want to see how far they will dare to go in their preposterous claims. Today I had to find out "Itching this part of your body is a sign of Alzheimer's." Obviously, itching was never even mentioned in the video. I lasted through about 5 minutes of it, which is almost a record for me because it just kept getting wilder and wilder ("although the pharmaceutical companies want to shut me down"). Did you know that Alzheimer's can be completely stopped and reversed in just 21 days by eating a simple plate of vegetables available from the supermarket? The guy kept claiming that he was on the verge of revealing the exact ingredients but first there were incredible testimonials. After the staff of one nursing home observed the incredible results on one patient whose husband brought her this miracle stuff, they started serving it to all of the patients with the same result. (Do they want to go out of business?!) I finally couldn't bear this silliness another moment, so I clicked off, having to deal with those annoying pop-up screens first -- "WAIT! Are you sure you want to leave this site?" "If you leave now, you might never be able to access this MIRACLE treatment again!!!"
Luckily, most people with these actual problems are not even able to navigate the internet (but that will probably change with the generations who have used the internet since age 3), because I can imagine them sitting dazed and helpless in front of this crap.
Maybe "dazed and helpless", K2, but so desperate they will try anything to stop the pain, allow them to walk, let their child breathe properly and all the sufferings of the world.
What the snake oil salesman is selling is Hope. Hope above all the evidence, hope beside all personal experience...and fear that if they miss out on this offer they will never know if it would have worked.
That is what I hate about the purveyors of crap ads. They not only cheat money from people but cheat hope as well.
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