I tell you I am a counsellor in my everyday life, and I talk to you. You come to trust me and tell me everything that you're thinking or feeling. After six months of telling me your innermost feelings, you suddenly find out I am a 16 year old boy with a very active and creative facebook page, one that you've been playing a starring role on. Og course the Facebook page is a fraud to, as I am actually a fifty-two year old single male trolling for eighteen year old girls.
A blogger comes in and tells you they belong to a certain group of people and tell you all kinds of stories. They earn your trust, and you pour hour upon hour of discussion and advice, friendship and faith into. You actually start to buy into their story, begin to support their efforts to advance their group. Suddenly you find out that they never were who they say they were, that it was all fake and that the real blogger was a troubled individual who was just seeking attention. It besmirches that group, the individual, and you as you begin to doubt your ability to judge reality.
In the case of fund raisers, you find out that after you have donated many dollars to said group that they only give five percent of your donation to the true cause and ninety-five percent goes to the administration and free goodies for others who donate. You vow never to donate to a cause again.
Fraud affects everyone around it. The people who participate and perpetuate these frauds do not realize the damage they do. People are forever made skeptical by such frauds, and they come to suspect everyone. They begin to doubt the reality of what others post, and that means that my message, whatever it may be, no matter how good the cause is looked at with suspicion and that damages my cause.
While I may be a bit naive thinking that my little blog may stop all fake bloggers from doing thier fake blogs, I can at least hope it reaches one....maybe two who decide to tell the truth and come back to reality. I can only hope.