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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The holy words "Belief - Trust - Hope - Faith..."

A SMS lottery scam had hit Singaporeans with more frequency in the recent past. Either thru SMS or thru missed call tricks, these conmen make the victims to fall into their traps and ask them to advance some amount to claim a bigger prize money [something similar to the Nigeria type of email frauds]. Last year, one of my friend had a similar experience of getting a mail from a Spannish Lottery agency, saying that he had won 500,000 Euro and has to pay some deposit to claim the winnings. He ignored it, after some background check.

When I look into the victims generally, I could observe that the reasons behind their plight are either too much of trust/faith or greediness. Let me not take the greediness part to discuss much. However, some naive people are tricked just because of their trust or faith on some system [which overshadows their failure to check the authenticity].

When a question is posted as to 'Why they acted like this?', the possible words which may be uttered are ' .. belief / trust / hope / faith..'.

Yes, several things on Life goes based on certain assumptions. However, whatever we hope/believe may not happen as we think it would happen. It goes on the other side unexpectedly. You can take any of these practical situations which I had listed down here... and you can relate it with 'n' no. of personalities known to you.

- Getting married to a 'Seem-to be' nice person, becoming a hell.
- Placement into a 'so-called nice pretty' job, landing you in problems with colleagues.
- Bringing up the Kids into a nice environment, hitting the rock unexpectedly in terms of their behaviours.
- Healthy one's thoughts that 'Nothing will affect me', getting shattered due to some diagnosis.
- Investing into some known Chitfunds or New ventures (including Films), getting bombed.
- Facing the dust, after trying to become big in politics.

Eventhough most of the assumptions / calculations are due to some sort of belief / trust on a system, there is a possibility for things to go in a different way.

This seems to be a test for anyone's willpower. Those who survive this becomes stronger and more focussed on their future ventures. They prepare themselves for any aftermaths of their future beliefs. If we have the mental strength, then we are the kings who can face any situation....

Life goes on with these type of positive thoughts only, to face the consequences of our beliefs / hopes. Isn't it?
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Blogger Raju said...

Very well said, Ram.. The latter part of your post deals with the 'problems', atleast one of which would affect most people someday..

This realization and positive frame of mind would help one sail through tough situations.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 4:11:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Nambikkai dhaan vilakku iru kannirendu namakku
Yaanaiyin bhalam edhule - thumbikkaiyile
Manidhanoda bhalam edhule - nambikkaiyile


Wednesday, October 26, 2005 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

World around, is full of both positives and negatives. While aiming for the positives, it shud be had in mind to plan for the negative also.
Once this is done, life becomes relatively more straight forward.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger Aatma said...

True, completely agree with you Ram, with each experience you become more wise and stronger. And your ablity to judge situations and people become better

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger IBH said...

Belief hope,trust and faith ..with these words , the world is held together!with all these that is happening in the world these words are the adhesive to one's life...isnt it not?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger vee-jay said...

One of my colleagues received such a mail promising her a few million euros and she did the same thing. Actually, these guys have set things up very nicely. Whenever someone calls and asks for the person specified in the mail, a voice speaks and leads them very positively towards the prize money and she almost paid the initial deposit. When asked she said exactly the same things you have mentioned in your mail - The person who spoke to her built her faith in the prize money (even calling her a coupla times to remind her etc)
Anyways, it is very true that hope makes the world move!

Thursday, October 27, 2005 2:46:00 AM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

ram emara makkals r there, emathara makkals will be there, avanga persai pattu emanda they deserve it

Thursday, October 27, 2005 4:18:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Raju.. yes, I had seen people who had suffered mentally due to all these type of setbacks. Only positive thoughts had relieved them out of those situations.

Thennavan.. Visu thothutaruu ponga ungakitta.... Well said :-) :-)

TJ.. as you had put it, if we are ready to face negative things as well, then you can face anything or take any step in the world. I agree.

Aatma.. Yes, experience and judgement out of it, educates people most of the time which makes them to mend their ways accordingly.

IBH.. 100% agree with you. Still so many people are surviving in Africa on the hope that the other part of the world will help them to revive their fortunes. That hope only pays them.

VJ.. It is not surprising that your colleague had got into the trap. Sometime back, I read a report in Junior Vikatan about certain deals struck by these Nigerian fraudsters in Tamilnadu. It seems several people transferred money as deposit, based on their hopes that those guys have taken them as partners for some big business deals... Big money was involved in those deals.

Vatsan.. I agree with you definitely that many guys fall into the trap due to greediness. But, those other practical scenario which I had given are not due to greediness. They are simply based on some sort of hope / faith which fails them ultimately, without their cause. That's where people need to gather courage to face the reality. Isn't it?

Thursday, October 27, 2005 7:12:00 AM  
Blogger singman said...


Actually , I was very much excited when I got the letter from the Spanish lottery stating that I won around 500,000 euros. The letter head seemed very professional. I was getting calls from a spanish number stating that I had to send the processing fee for around 1,000 US$ through western union transfer and I was being persistently reminded. They also told me that the prize money was deposited in santander central hispano bank and that once I send the money through western union I would receive the check from the Bank. They gave me the bank address. I checked the website of the bank and was not able to find the branch which was stated by the lottery guy. Then I called up the main office in Madrid and asked them if such a branch existed in Spain and then once I mentioned the name of the branch - they immediately said - " oh god ! this is the lottery scam - Please dont send money to those guys " and then the next day the lottery people called me and I told that guy that there was no such bank in spain that he had mentioned and then he immediate hung up the phone and I got no phone calls later. But to tell you the truth, I nearly believed that I had won that money.

Saturday, October 29, 2005 2:11:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

AK.. those few days were exciting, isn't it?

Hope things are going on well in Alps...

Saturday, October 29, 2005 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

these frauds are criminals.i too have got telemarketting calls.luckily i have not been disturbed by these lottery guys so far.i just politely tell the telemarketers i am not interested.what is Nigeria type of email frauds?i am curious.

Sunday, October 30, 2005 12:41:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...


Check out this BBC article and 419 Fraud article to know more about this Nigeria scam

Sunday, October 30, 2005 7:15:00 PM  
Blogger Gladtomeetin said...

Trust and Hope only keeps this world moving !

Nambikai thaan Vazhkai!
Vazhkaye Nambikkai :-))

Monday, November 07, 2005 3:41:00 AM  

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