Today, I realized how easy it is to cheat the common man. I was eating masala dosa at a restaurent famous for south Indian food. There were three men, who had occupied the adjacent table. The tables were close enough and I could hear their conversation. The good looking guy [who wore well ironed white shirt, trousers and polished shoes] was on one side of the table and two not so good looking guys were on the other. The good looking guy was trying to explain something to the not so good looking guys on a piece of paper. He drew circles, joined them with lines and wrote something in each othose circles. The was explaining some scheme to his victims.
I don’t know the details of the plan, but I could figure out it involved transfer of money (about Rs. 75,000/-) from the simple men to some company which the good looking guy represented. He was trying to sell the the future. He was trying to assure the simple guys that there was no risk in the whole business. He told them, after certain age, time gets more importance than money. He told them, they could take a car and a bunglow for granted in just 6 years. He also pomised that money would flow to them and they’d not have to worry. He asked them to see the future. The two men, I believe, were convinced. For all they had to do was throw in couple of thousands in the scheme and they’d be rich. And they had a proof. The shiny booklet they were shown had many photographs of successful people who had invested in the scheme.
The good looking guy, no doubt was the master of the art of cheating common men. He was promising the future, quick & easy money to people who believe in him. Common man knows and understands that ‘business’ is the way to make money – lot of money. And this angel was promising them easy money through business of their own. They were going to be the wise & early adopters.
Its so easy to cheat.
–The Big K–