NOT MY SCAM. Thank you.
It has just come to my attention that someone has been perpetuating a scam against Deaf people using text that they plagiarized from one of my own blog posts.
The scam lies to Deaf people by claiming to be able to give them $50,000 to start their own business. But in order to “claim” the money, they ask you to share personal details such as your address, phone number, SSI information, and so forth. In other words, information that they could possibly use to steal from you later, or manipulate you into paying so-called “fees.” (See scam text at the Deaf Anthology blog.)
The scam is annoying enough. I would hope that in this day and age people should be intelligent enough to know NEVER to share contact information, social security numbers, or other personal details with strangers on the Internet who pretend to have money to offer. But the fact that the person perpetuating this scam stole some of MY OWN WORDS for their own illegal and unethical purposes makes me furious and disgusted.
If anyone had received this scam letter, and was thinking of responding to it in the hope that maybe just this once an offer “too good to be true” might actually be real … then please compare the text in the scam against the REAL original text. I hope that comparison will remove any and all doubt that, NO, this supposed offer of $50,000 is NOT legitimate. (Notice for one thing, that it is not mentioned in the original version of the text!)
Compare the text of the scam:
Against the text that the thief plagiarized from:
This has been an eye-opening experience for me. I had never really thought about how the people who operate phishing scams generate their text. But maybe it shouldn’t surprise me that the kind of person who has no compunctions about using other people’s own hopes and aspirations (and greed) against them would also have no compunctions about stealing an innocent person’s text to further their own selfish, illegal ends.
Incidentally: the intent of my original text had NOTHING to do with making false promises to people about giving them money. The purpose was to encourage people to contact Obama’s administration to make sure they know that the world is watching for them to follow through on their important promises to Deaf people and people with disabilities. If that’s all you want to do, then you will want to contact either the White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/) or the White House Office of Public Liaison (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/opl/). The Office of Public Liaison is, in their own words, “the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President.”
And, no, you don’t have to share the details about your SSI payments or your social security number to communicate with Obama’s administration.