Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Weird Trick to Avoid Online Scams

I detest gimmicky and deceptive advertising.  One of the latest memes is the "weird trick" gambit.  We've all seen these online ads that promise miraculous results with "one weird trick."  When I see them, my B.S. detector goes off at full tilt.

Some examples:  Increase your social security payment with this "one weird trick."  Never diet again by eating this "one weird food."  Guitar teachers hate me for this "one weird trick."  Learn a foreign language in ten days with this "one weird trick."  Cut down on belly fat by using this "one weird trick."  Stop diabetes with this "one weird food."   AAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!

Here is my "one weird trick" to avoid scams and B.S.:  don't ever click on any link that uses the term "one weird trick" as a selling point or come-on.

People tend to be intrigued by "secret knowledge," magical amulets, formulas for solving their problems, finding the key to some magic door that leads to bliss.  Don't be fooled.

Well there is one exception:  If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it with this one weird trick:  VOTE REPUBLICAN.

1 comment:

Question Diversity said...

Some major events of the 20th century rewritten as linkbait: