This is not a new song. In fact it is an old scam with a very slightly different name, and it’s making the rounds again, like flu season. But to understand it, I want to tell you a little story, and don’t worry, it’s short, broken up into bite-sized pieces and there are lots of pictures. What’s not to love?
Ulysses Giving Wine to Polyphemus -John Flaxman, 1805
Here, listen to the ancient tale of the West, of Blind Homer’s recounting in verse of the return from the Trojan war by Ulysses:
We ran away in a fright, but he plucked the beam all besmirched with gore from his eye, and hurled it from him in a frenzy of rage and pain, shouting as he did so to the other Cyclopes who lived on the bleak headlands near him; so they gathered from all quarters round his cave when they heard him crying, and asked what was the matter with him.
‘What ails you, Polyphemus,’ said they, ‘that you make such a noise, breaking the stillness of the night, and preventing us from being able to sleep? Surely no man is carrying off your sheep? Surely no man is trying to kill you either by fraud or by force?
“But Polyphemus shouted to them from inside the cave, ‘Noman is killing me by fraud! Noman is killing me by force!’
‘Then,’ said they, ‘if no man is attacking you, you must be ill; when Jove makes people ill, there is no help for it, and you had better pray to your father Neptune.’
I received a copy of an old seeming-scam I’ve written about before, which I ignored. But then, today, it’s shown up once more: I had received a ‘Best of” business award. Of course, it was from a business that only ever existed on paper, and not from the official registration, but instead from an information account that I’d given a “clever” name to, as we’ll see. The name, as you will have guessed, was “Noman.” Continue reading