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Give them cash and you'll get a "1" five years later

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Many of you should have heard about, or have even backed, the hilarious Potato Salad crowdfunding project by Mr. Zack Danger Brown (didn't you sense something in his name? Danger). Kickstarter, one of the largest crowdfunding platforms on the web, is of course a perfect place for innovative creators and enthusiastic inventors to fulfill their dreams, to realize their goals, and to make people's lives more convenient (which category the Potato Salad actually falls into is your choice). But just like the two sides of a coin, the crowdfunding platforms can also be abused by cunning swindlers to get quick n' easy cash and then disappear, or bored scammers who are simply fond of messes and total disruption.

That day when I was browsing gaming projects on Kickstarter, something extremely hideous popped up. The "project" is called "1as", which literally means nothing but a string of a number and two alphabets (or the short form of "won a scam"). The main picture of the "project" shows a "football" in noobish abstract style, with "GoGoals!" written in the middle. The brief description says "1". Yes I'm serious, simply "1". The origin? "Nowhere, OK". And when you click to view the details, you will be presented with the same "football" image, with three more "1"s for the project story as well as risks & challenges. For the reward, if you pledge $1 or more, you will get a "1", with an estimated delivery in March 2019. The facebook of the creator "Aaron Fassinger" would lead you to "Sorry, this page isn't available", plus a wounded thumb which praises you for your diligent attempt to figure out the unlikely-to-be-real identity of the genius mastermind behind this practical joke.

How did this "project" manage to be launched on Kickstarter? Well, it only seems to me that the crowdfunding platform, and its many competitors alike, are not strictly monitoring or censoring the massive amount of projects they receive every day. Thus for we backers, it's just a gamble; while we can avoid the silly scammers like "1as" by ourselves, we also need to hope that the odds will not turn against us for even the most promising-looking projects. Just think about the controversy of West Games' fundraiser Areal; doesn't it look great and amazing to backers who have no idea of what's going on beneath the surface?

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