Friday, December 10, 2021

The End of Trust - Bullshit - Visualizing the Accumulation of Human-Made Mass on Earth

 Now comes the final countdown to either peace or war The Saker

Visualizing the Accumulation of Human-Made Mass on Earth Visual Capitalist

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My new BBB study on online shopping fraud
  • Biggest overall source of complaints to the BBB
  • Breaks down into several categories:
  • Pet scams 30%, nonexistent vehicle scams, free trial offers
  • Biggest category is items sold on Facebook/Instagram
  • Nothing delivered, counterfeits, or cheap knockoffs instead
  • Payment by credit card or PayPal
  • Web sites often pretend to be in the US, items mailed from China
Europol announces actions against money mules in 27 countries; 1800 arrested; 18,000 identified
Thought of the week:  Who is behind the scams?    For example, we know many/most lottery scams are conducted from Jamaica, Romanian gangs are deeply involved in selling nonexistent vehicles online and in ATM skimming, and free trial offer scams usually emanate from the US and Canada.  Where law enforcement knows who is behind the scams, they can focus their efforts to fight it better.  So I try to give the best information available about who the scammers are.  This is an organized industry and there is a need to focus if we are to fight it.  Of course nothing on criminal groups can suggest that the broader populations of countries are complicit in the scams, any more than the presence of Al Capone in Chicago tells you anything about the character of the its citizens.  In fact, criminal gangs often prey on local people.   In these sensitive times there is a temptation to disguise countries where the scams flourish to avoid the potential of being accused of giving offense.   But crime exists, it tends to concentrate in specific places, and law enforcement both in those countries and elsewhere need the best information available to combat it.
BBB Studies. Here are links to the study topics of my studies: puppy fraudromance fraudBEC fraudsweepstakes/lottery fraud,  tech support fraudromance fraud money mulescrooked moversgovernment impostersonline vehicle sale scamsrental fraudgift cards and job scams.
Virus ScamsFraud News Around the worldHumor FTC and CFPB  Virus Benefit TheftRansomware  Data Breaches ATM skimmingJamaica and Lottery Fraud
Romance Fraud and Sextortion

“Why is bullshit so common in some organizations? Existing explanations focus on the characteristics of bullshitters, the nature of the audience, and social structural factors which encourage bullshitting. In this paper, I offer an alternative explanation: bullshitting is a social practice that organizational members engage with to become part of a speech community, to get things done in that community, and to reinforce their identity. When the practice of bullshitting works, it can gradually expand from a small group to take over an entire organization and industry. When bullshitting backfires, previously sacred concepts can become seen as empty and misleading talk.”

The End of Trust

The Atlantic