Deception: n. communicating a fiction(s) causing a belief in an untruth(s) and/or (an irrelevant action(s) mixed with a relevant action(s) and/or (an omission(s)) and/or a concealment(s)) which causes a belief in an untruth(s)
Deceptions with omissions frequently come in the form of promises too good to believe and don’t tell you that you are being suckered into a no win situation. A Power Ball lottery promising 100 million dollars doesn’t tell you that the odds against you are a 175 million to one and effectively you can’t win for all practical purposes.
Stocks with yearly returns of 18 percent or more don’t tell you that at any moment they can go belly up and you lose all your money or that they are in fact hidden Ponzi schemes which will destroy your investment when new suckers run out.
Not stating all the relevant facts is a form of concealment but a more popular business deception is putting in unwanted obligations in fine print which is an attempt at concealing important facts.
Deceptive communications are not the only way to deceive. Sometimes a deceptive business man or woman will show their expensive home, cars, and yachts which are actually rented to convince you that an investment in his or her idea is a good deal with large payoffs. An irrelevant display of wealth makes you more likely to do something stupid out of sheer greed or excessive desire to get a big payoff for minimum effort.
Magicians using deceptive hand and body motions, mirrors, and other technological means can trick you into believing what seems impossible to do at first glance.
Authors of fiction using some facts and much imagination may actually convince you that certain plots are believable and exist with high frequency in society. Fiction can actually cause you to believe in an altered reality filled with miracles or highly improbable events and correspondences.
Because there are so many deceptions, myths, and lies in society, everyone is a victim of some of them and the predators are probably laughing all the way to the bank or have been successfully elected to political office.
Big lies are not really deceptions but they can convince humans of untruths with miraculous claims. Claiming that a salve is just as good as a surgical face lift and that you can lose 10 pounds in one week on a special diet are just a few of the blatant lies used by the cosmetics and exercise industry to con you out of your money.
If an offer sounds too good to be true then seriously check for inflated claims, omissions, concealments, and lies which are probably deceptive attempts at parting you from your hard earned money.
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