Flaunting money is a scam

By - Jan 1st 1970

It is difficult not to suspect a bigger, hidden, nefarious agenda by these seemingly grown individuals of sound mind, who have been posting videos of themselves on social media, showing off with wads of cash. More so, in this age of cashless and cash-lite transactions where it is perfectly possible to breeze through life for days or weeks without touching hard cash or finding the need to. There is always another form of paying for stuff.  A lot of quiet, invisible monies is stashed away in bank accounts and mobile money wallets. Yet, people are now seeing the need to withdraw funds, and even exchange into other currencies for use as props on their social media content.
If it was those days gone by when paying for anything had to be in hard cash, it would have been excusable. Perhaps easy to conclude that it was just a few weeks’ worth of spending money that had found its way into these excitable hands.

That someone chose to liquefy their monies points to the conclusion that those who are trying to show us their worth must be having something else up their sleeves. That is besides attention-seeking behaviour.  Everyone recognizes the struggles of making money and has every right to enjoy the fruits of their sweat, as long as it is not intended to harm others.

How does it even help the rest of us when we see how monied you are?
Not to mention that the show-offs are obviously trying a tad too hard for it just to be a case of trying to feel good for doing better than most. Of course, with the tough economic times, the majority of us are struggling with the most basic of needs, which puts the liquid ones in the very top layer.
It risks putting unnecessary pressure on others, particularly impressionable young people who might not see the full picture of the journey towards amassing money and maybe disillusioned. The young ones might be mistakenly led to believe that is how life needs to be without going the usual long route. That if you are not that flush with cash something must be wrong with you, or you are just plain daft.

There is also a chance that the idea could just be to attract desperate stragglers to be swindled. After watching someone throwing wads of hard cash in the air, a broke individual would not just hang onto every word but also be prepared to do anything they say, if only to be like them - including sowing whatever little they had. 
The Good Book aptly captures it about those who have had more added to them, and those who do not have will even have the little they had snatched away too.
This is the exact playbook of the many merchants of easy money who are on the prowl online and everywhere else promising quick riches. They will be showing images that depict soft life to make their gospel sound a lot more credible to would-be converts. Is this not the same fact that is said of washers of money and other shady businesses that are supposedly always sharply dressed, splurging money as a standard operating procedure?

It is about posing as a believable role model of sorts to would-be victims to earn their trust and make it easy for them to eventually loosen their purse strings. It is difficult for anyone to suspect that a person who has demonstrated being monied is trying to con them.
 They already have loads of it, anyway. Similar to the myth that is often peddled during elections that leaders who have money would not loot public coffers because they already have enough. Therefore, as we enjoy the cash money shows being put up on social media, do not let your guard down. It might just be more than content and bait to make more from all of us.


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