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5 months ago

A few days back @Kushyzee wrote about ads that usually pops out on youtube when someone wants to watch a video, the ads is a video of a little girl that has cancer, she said she doesn't want to die and all other things, the video was so touching and I watched it to the end and deep down I felt bad for her because she was so brilliant and it turned out to be a scam, the full story is on Kushyzee article.

Just yesterday here, while I was checking trends on Twitter after posting one of my freestyle videos I did some days back, I came across a tweet of a young child that needs help to go for an operation, the user that posted it attached some pictures of the child, the amount they need for the operation, and also the account number that the money should be transferred to.

But there was a red flag at the tweet that made me just scroll past it, the post looks legit but why did the user block the comment section, what if someone wants to ask about the location of the hospital, and someone that has been scammed before won't want to offer help at all because the user that posted it might be a scammer.

On Facebook, some people still use old photos of other people that asked for support to do an operation some years back, they will repost the photo and start asking for money with the photo, I have come across so many and they usually off their comment section so the real people that know the owner of the picture won't comment on it, they will just open a fake Facebook account to dupe people of their earned money because they wanted to help.

I know it's good to help out in a situation like this but the best thing is to do a background check before offering help, some people disguise themselves, but in the real world, they will act like they don't have money for transport or they have physical challenges and you might just fall for it and help them because they melted your heart with there sad story.

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The one about helping someone with transport money is the funny and at the same time you will feel used, person like me, when someone asks for help to pay for transport, I like to pay it for them myself, at least it will guarantee that I paid it, instead of me giving them the money, cause some will just come down for the bus and change direction, haha, funny right? Well, a normal Nigeria must have come across one or two in this life.

A guy narrated a story on how he was inside a bus and someone tapped him from back and asked him to help with transport so the driver won’t embarrass him, so the guy scarified his last 0.50$ and give it to him, only for the other guy to use the money and buy soft drink with gala, he said he was just looking at him as he was eating it, haha, there was nothing he can do but to just look away.

There was this man that was caught sometime back, he use to disguise like someone that can’t walk very well, he usually seat on a wheel chair at the market side, he will be there as early as 6 am and will be there till afternoon when the sun comes out, he was always there and every day, doing his normal routine, telling people that he can't feed because he can't work, and other things.

Not until one day, someone that knew him saw him and had to raise an alarm that the man is not who he said he is and he is a very rich man, they found out that the man has a house in his hometown and not only that, he has more than two tricycles and also cars that he gave out to people to work for him and more, what baffles me is that he still go out and beg people their own little money, that is no longer begging, that is ripping, and I think it sounds familiar to something that everyone knows in Nigeria.

All these are red signs, that's why we should be careful about who to help so we won't end up helping someone that will scam us.

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I also encounters people like that in the road. Some are asking for money for the fair and they are in group sometimes. I am so scared of that modus because sometimes they are trying to hypnotized you and you will only realized you have been scammed already with lots of money.

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5 months ago

True, some might even steal your belongings while you are trying to help them.

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5 months ago

Those stories are so common nowadays. When I find stories in social media begging or asking some help I really check it, sometimes I found that a single account is asking help for different person and using different pictures. There are lots of scammers right now and they just get pictures from others and use it for scamming. Yes helping is good but we also need to check it because we don't know we are pushing a scammer to do more scam.

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5 months ago

That's true, some of them will just be using other people photo for their gain and the real people that needs help won't be able to get it.

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5 months ago

I [refer to giving food whenever I encounter some beggars, and I see to it that they are deserving for it, because there are some that you can see are physically fit for work but they choose to be a beggar because they don't want to work hard for money.

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5 months ago

That's just it, they can work but they prefer to beg and ask others for money

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5 months ago

Sorry to say, I no longer find rendering to Random help to people because of all these tactics. If we say we are encouraged to help people because it's God's will, bro those help rendered to scammers is not God's will and they don't count when it's time for us to receive our blessings. I've come across alot of all these, especially when travelling.

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5 months ago

That's true sha, there are a lot of people that act like they are travelling but they are just there to ask people for money.

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5 months ago

Grrr. Made me share my idea again in helping. Whenever I see some beggars asking for money, I usually buy foods for them and not give the cash. Because there was a time when I gave cash, then I saw the man playing cards / poker with other beggars!

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5 months ago

Hahaha. He was investing the money so he can have more than enough

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5 months ago

Hold on, I get it and you're correct..some people used th eold.photos so that they can asked for more money so that the people feels pity about them. It's sad to think that even the dead ones, their images are still being used for money purposes.

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5 months ago

True, there are a lot of online pictures and the people that own them are no longer alive because they couldn't survive the sickness, but some people are still using their pictures.

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5 months ago

This is why I am not fond of giving money as donations. Instead I would prefer giving foods or whatever goods

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5 months ago

That's true, that will help as well.

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5 months ago

That's so strange, a rich man will want to do all that just for some little tokens. People are really using others to make money and it's not nice

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5 months ago

They don't even care if the person that is giving them is hungry.

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5 months ago

So annoying.....how can you give someone your last card for transport and the person use it to purchase gala in front of you what manner of kind scamming is that??😂😂😂

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5 months ago

Asin ehhn, some people has mind sha, sometimes I wonder if they even think at all. 😅

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5 months ago

I weak abeg

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