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The Curse of Cassandra

Updated on February 8, 2015

Alas

Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam of Troy . She was born with the gift of prophecy. But her gift came with the caveat that no one would ever believe her predictions.

So here we have a little girl who really can see the future. Who really knows what is going to happen. But no one will listen.

She sees the destruction of Troy. She warns the Trojans about the Horse. She sees the death of Agamemnon.

But no one believes her.

It is the same today with Ponzi schemes and other cons.

Warning! Ponzi!

The reason why Ponzi schemes are always successful and have been so for nearly 100 years is based on the stupidity of those who invest.

Warning people who are about to put their life savings in what is obviously a rip off results with anger, rebuke, and insult.

Telling people,

"I invested in Cash Plus and lost my money. Olint is the same thing!"

does not result in someone putting their money back in their pocket but attacking you, after all, you must have done something wrong.

Factoidz+Other Online Rips

Cyberspace has its own forms of Ponzis and other schemes. It isn't just the Nigerian email scammer or the Jamaican Lottery. A number of so-called writing sites have also ripped off those who were duped into writing for them.

Factoidz, (now defunct) had fed a number of Shills who wandered from writing site to forum to message board lauding the greatness of Factoidz.
Exclaiming over how much money one could make.
Easy.

Joining hands with Shills, many writers left the site they were on and raced to Factoidz. They become Shills after their first big payout. They ran from writing site to forum to message board proclaiming the greatness of the site.

Those who had been ripped off wrote about it. The Shills and their followers attacked detractors with; "You must have Broken The Rules!"

Then. for no reason they are dropped from Staff Writer to Writer, then Member, and all of their work is taken by the one and only employee of Factoidz; the owner, Mike Quac.

BUBBLEWS

Before the bad taste of Factoidz had faded from the mouth, up came Bubblews. Some people started out with a lot of caution. They posted, they commented, and when they reached the redemption of $25 they put in, and stopped posting.

When they received that first payout, some forgot the lessons learned, and went happily off to write their hearts out and never got another payout.

Many began publishing articles about the Bubblews scam all over the 'Net, and just as happened with Factoidz, the Shills rose up in one ugly mass to bleat about, "Breaking the Rules!" until they were also unpaid.

Bubblews jacked up its redemption to $50 and paid everyone who put in that first time. Then; those who had complained were barred from the site, others would continue to write and never be paid again.

Those who had shilled for Bubblews stand shamefaced, a few having the courage to admit they should have listened when warned.

Many became Cassandras, trying to warn. They are attacked, and ignored.

Alas.
Such is the Curse of Cassandra


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      qeyler 6 years ago

      With Factoidz it is usually (if you're a fairly good contributor) after 100 articles. I did as you; I joined to see how long it would take them to rip me off. It was just after 100 articles. With me it started with a 'bait' I didn't take, then it was sudden. Often you are told you 'spammed' other writers when you haven't even looked at their crud. The problem is that the real rip off comes when your work is syndicated and you don't even know it. Read the ever changing TOS

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      Blake Ford Hall 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Did not know that about Factoidz. Will have to join and see how long it takes them to rip me off. Do you have first hand experience with this? I am honestly interested where your information came from. Plus I have always loved the tale of Cassandra. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      The Curse of Cassandra, very well written :) Thanks for sharing!

    • qeyler profile image
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      qeyler 6 years ago

      thanks Saif. Hope it is useful.

    • saif113sb profile image

      saif113sb 6 years ago

      Very interesting and beautiful hub.

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