Funny! But Wrong…

"Hey! It works!"

“Hey! It works!”

Yes, I would say this was an unethical business transaction.

According to a complaint filed with Malaysia’s Public Service and Complaint Bureau, a man paid the equivalent of  $139.00 to a scamster promising to send him a device that would dramatically enlarge his penis.

When the alleged package-enhancing package arrived, it contained only…a magnifying glass.

The directions said only “Do not use in sunlight.”

Ethics observations:

  • It was very wrong to fool an idiot like that and take his money.
  • Rubbing it in with the directions was gratuitously cruel, if inspired.
  • The reporter who wrote the story undoubtedly will say that the name of the local lawyer he consulted about the case—Mr. Kok—was a coincidence, and not a cheap joke.
  • Sure it was.


Pointer: Above the Law

Source: The Star On-line



12 thoughts on “Funny! But Wrong…

  1. Ha!

    This reminds me of a scam I actually saw about fifteen years ago; I actually got the direct-mail pitch. It was a “contest” – but you needed to pay something like $39 in order to “claim your GUARANTEED prize!”

    The prizes included such things as a one-carat diamond ring, a two-week, all-expenses paid European vacation, and a Chevy Blazer.

    No legitimate contest makes you pay to play, so I recognized it as a scam and tossed the pitch. About six months later, I saw a newspaper article about this very gambit.

    I had assumed that the people running this fraud would simply take the money and disappear. I was wrong; they actually DID issue “prizes.” Chevy Blazers, in fact. The dumb bastards foolish enough to send money all got a wretchedly-made sports jacket with “Chevy” embroidered on the breast pocket.

    True story.

  2. I think the reporter that wrote the story (probably male) had too much time on his hands. Maybe he should take a trip to Bangkok for r and r.

  3. Also the one about the guy who put an ad in the classifieds (years ago) that said, “Send $10 to get directions to make — guaranteed — $2,000 in one week.” When morons send in their $10, they got back a letter that said, “Put a classified ad in at least one newspaper that says: ‘Send $10 to get directions to to make — guaranteed — $2,000 in one week.’ It works!”

    He was later shut down, too.

  4. My great-grandmother sent 25 cents in answer to an ad in the paper that promised sage (secret!) advice on how to get through the Great Depression. The eagerly awaited letter came, she opened it to find ” Get a job” and only that, printed on a piece of paper.

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