Grifters Gotta Grift

All week, the comic strip Brewster Rockit has been having fun with people who don’t read the small print. Consider it an object lesson.

I mention this only because the NYTimes gives us another, real-world lesson from the end of the 2020 Goat Rodeo when Lord Damp Nut was ripping off his followers with a similar small print strategy (emphasis mine):

“Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election. Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.”

“As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a ‘money bomb,’ that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.”

“The tactic ensnared scores of unsuspecting Trump loyalists — retirees, military veterans, nurses and even experienced political operatives. Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars.”

Got that, it’s like the super-secret double probation in Animal House and then obscured the checkbox so donors couldn’t actually opt-out once the campaign doubled the donors weekly donation.

That’s a world-class fleece-the-rubes operation and takes grifting to a whole new level.

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14 Responses to Grifters Gotta Grift

  1. schmice3 says:

    Good. I hope they all got cleaned out by this thief and his organization. No sympathy from me.

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  2. YellowDog says:

    Lie down with dogs, you get fleas. (Apologies to dogs everywhere.)

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  3. sos says:

    More money than brains, that’s for sure.

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  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    It’s amazing how they still love him despite the fact that he’s stolen from them.

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  5. spotthedog says:

    If only somebody, anybody, had warned them about TFG!!!!!

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