The deadly “senile dementia” virus is spreading rapidly through facebook's closed local communities. When infected with this virus, community members will, literally, believe anything. Facebook's closed local communities are the virtual equivalent of the gated communities that have spread throughout South-East Asia since the cost of retiring to Benidorm or Florida became prohibitively expensive for members of the European and American petty bourgeoisie.
Gated communities are very much like the cantonments that were set up on the outskirts of Indian cities during the days of the British Raj. Away from the teaming streets, the cantonments provided a place for whites to live peacefully without being bothered by the natives. In Thailand these gated communities are called “Moobahns” and the people who live in them are called “Moobahnians”. The Thai word “moo bahn” means “village”. Which is ironic considering that the last thing a resident in the Wayward Pines Moobahn wants to see near his house is a Thai villager (unless the villager is cutting the lawn).
BBC and CNN cable television tell the Moobahnians what they need to know, and what they should think about international affairs, but do not help them deal with the natives that swarm around their compounds like Hollywood Indians round a wagon train. So, the Moobahnians have built themselves a virtual world on facebook to match the physical one. They have names such as “Chumphon Caucasian Community”, people who want to join the community are vetted to make sure they are Caucasians and not Muslim or anything.
Moobanians on facebook, like their British Raj antecedents, are not very bright to start with. In addition they tend to be very old, it is estimated that the average age of a facebook local community member is 86. They have very little knowledge of anything beyond their compound wall. On facebook these old fogies form tight knit groups that reinforce their own prejudices and imbecilic beliefs. A perfect petri dish for the senile dementia virus. Plus being old, and nearer to God, they think they need to do something to compensate for a pointless life of self indulgence. This, of course, makes them the ideal target for a Phishing attack.
Its easy enough, any boy can do it. In fact the average Chinese 12 year old (or an American 18 year old) has sufficient computer skills to pull off this scam. Just make a website clone of, say, the Chumphon Evening Gazette, (which normally carries banal features about local road closures and special offers at Tesco - stuff the old fogies love). There is even a software tool that will do this for you. Into the clone you insert an new element: somebody's daughter/best friend/pet hamster has been robbed/injured/raped by natives, and is now in jail/hospital/the vets, please go to http://www.scamhosters/givemunny.com. Here the fogy will be asked to make a bank transfer to Connery Scamman to help pay medical bills/hire a lawyer/buy a ticket to fly the animal home.
The postings on facebook go something like this:
“You will be horrified and disgusted to hear that Wendy's little hamster has been raped by a group of natives.”
“that's terrible, poor little thing with pretty eyes and cute ears”
“These people are utterly vile, why anybody would want to visit this country is beyond me”
“Little Wendy must be devastated, please do what you can to help her send her pet home”
Any member that tries to point out that a hamster is just too small to be raped by humans, will be instantly assailed:
“that's what makes it so terrible”
“these people are devils and capable of anything”
“you do not know anything about this county, I've been here for 15 years and know that hamster raping goes on all the time”
If anybody asks who Wendy is, the response will be instant vitriol.
“Admin: Don't you know that Wendy's identity needs to be protected from the paparazzi, I'm deleting all your posts”
Sometimes the editor (and sole employee) of the Chumphon Evening Gazette, wakes up from his drunken stupor, logs on, and finds out the paper has been hacked. He informs the Caucasian Community and the Admin, reluctantly, takes down the linking post. However, by this time, a member, Ruth Rodentlover, has already sent money to Connery Scamman. Fortunately, Ruth is too embarrassed to report the fraud to the police. Normally, of course, the editor does not wake up and the scam goes on indefinitely and hundreds of old fogy hamster lovers send money to Connery for the benefit of non-existent Wendys and non-existent hamsters.
With the paper editions phased out, the owners of local newspapers will soon replace the washed up drunks, who edit local newspapers, with Microsoft's new AI. The Microsoft Chatbox “Tay” (which learned to a be a Nazi on Twitter, in less than 24 hours) has been developed into a newspaper editor. Tay learns from readers comments and from their postings on facebook. Tay then selects copy, that her readers will like, from the news agencies (the wire). If there is nothing suitable on the wire, Tay will freely invent stories and news to please her readers. When Tay has replaced the editor of the gazette she will soon learn, and become a fogy fascist that loves furry animals. Phishing will then be so much easier. There will no longer be the need to make a cloned page, Phishers will just send the feed directly to Tay and she will instantly know that this nonsensical begging story is exactly what her readers want.
So, what is to be done if you see an obvious scam being perpetrated on a facebook group? Do not, under any circumstances, try to warn them – you will just get spat at. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the farce; or go Phishing.