Are you a scammer?

Last Update: Oct 3, 2014

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Are you a scammer?

I really need to ask this question since we are all vehemently against obtaining by tricks.

People lie to get out of speeding tickets. Others lie to get out of work early or not show up at all. How about those who lie to get airplane upgrade? What's up with that; and even get rewarded for this scam. Or perhaps it's not a scam after all, the seats would have been empty anyway so why not occupy it and enjoy the perks free of charge.



Alert! Lying on your website, aka knowingly making false representations, aka intentionally embellishing the truth, aka purposely making empty promises, are all scams.



I've heard of people lying to get ahead. I'm not talking about falsifying a college degree on your resume to land a dream job. That's plain dumb because it's easily verifiable. Although people get away with it, but not for long. The truth does catch up, one way or another.


On a personal or may be even professional note, have you heard of something called "justifiable lie"? Lying to get out of any kind of trouble......

What are your views on this?

Ade

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Great post Ade!
Right Business Etiquette (honesty, integrity, etc.) is important to prosper and to stay long and endure in any type of biz.

Nice to see you here, Benjamin!
People forget that building a business entails the total package as you rightly pointed out.

Thanks for your insights.

I never heard of justifiable lie ... but I think most of us like honest people. :-)

Thanks, Jewel! Yes particularly employers. They like honest people, in fact that is one of the criteria for employment and yet they expect the "honest" employee to cook the books for the company in order to cheat.

Very true, Ade, the honest employees became the scrape goat. :-)

You've got that, right! They'll waste no time throwing the employee under the bus.

Hell hath no furry like their mothers scorn if I caught my kids in a lie when they were growing up. However, I do feel convicted at this point because I have told a lie when I was working. I called in sick - I just couldn't handle the day and had TONS of sick leave. Was it right? No, but I don't think there's a person alive that hasn't told a lie.
I'm hoping few, if any, people here are scamming as you've defined it above. I'd be very disappointed and would NOT do business with them. ~Debbi

I like your honesty, Debbi! But what are those sick days meant for anyway if we can't use them when we feel the need.

Thanks for making me feel better about my lie, Ade. LOL.

I'm on your side, that's what friends are for.

Fishermen make the list by "puffing" the size of the fish! M

Now I get it. Thanks Melody!

Hi, FunMine and thanks for this insightful Post. All I can say that my Mentor says that there are actually 3 types of liars in descending order to the size of the lie: Liars, fishermen and statisticians! It is hard for me to select any one of those for a prize, but some keep trying! Take care and I glad to see you Ranked at 55 already!

Hey Mike, I think you meant to say lawyers. Ok, I understand that lawyers and statisticians can be liars, but what's up with fishermen? Did your mentor explain why he included fishermen on his list?
Just curious!

Yes, he does! He says it is not difficult to discover less than the number of fish caught and most particular the number of whoppers reported and find out they more like overgrown sardines than mini-killer whales! My mentor is NOT a lawyer, but says more than 200 of his friends and contemporaries are, some even professors of the law, so he might have no one would notice their absence from the Big-3!

That's hilarious, Mike! Melody also knows about fishermen's colorful stories regarding their catch.

And do politicians get on the list? or are they too high to get noticed? ;-)

Those are in a league of their own, Mike. That should be a whole new blog.

I do not know if it is a lie to believe in their own abilities when for example you are looking for a job you want, if you are not good enough, there comes a time an impact, and you lose the position.
But writing it is easy money to work with WA is an outright lie.
But you write something that is not quite true that it may well be that it is your view of how things work.
And the information you can get from Google's not accredited in general education, since in many cases there is no criticism of the sources of the articles themselves.
I think it's very few of the articles that we make are made from more than one source

I think our values should guide us as to what we believe to be the truth even if the information came from so called reliable sources.
Thanks for your input, Steen!

Never heard of a "justifiable lie," Ade, but I can maybe see where the concept comes from. I DO try to be truthful in all things. I won't lie and tell you I've never told a story because I have, but I really DO try to tell the truth at all times.

I think you're talking about telling a story from your perspective which is understandable. People looking at the same thing can describe it differently without necessarily distorting the facts.
We can always try to be transparent as much as is humanly possible. Right, Carla!

I personally do not like to be lied to in any form, whether verbal or in print. I make it a priority to tell the truth because I feel I want to be the best person I can be. I don't have energy for creating stories or covering my tracks. Just my opinion.

Covering the tracks gets liars into trouble because they usually forget the version of the story they told before.
Thank you, Melanie!

So many people feel they need to come up with stories in order to get what they want. Those who lie, to get what they want tend to be the types that have very little self confidence or self esteem. They feel as though they have to embellish to make themselves look and feel better.

I have found that when I tend to tell the truth, that is when I get what I want, and I never have to worry that I will "get found out" because it's already out there.

There's usually something to cover up when people are not forthcoming. Except they've killed their conscience, I don't see them having any peace.

A lie is a lie. A white lie is still a lie. Sometimes we try to justify a lie. They owe me something anyway...why not lie and get it free! You are right...fibbing will always catch up sooner or later.

You're said it well. The color notwithstanding, a lie is a lie.
Good to hear from you Paul!

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