I got hit by my first 419 scam back in 1990, via fax. In those days it was
still relatively new, so I made an effort to find why someone wanted me to share
25% of their 50 million. Without Google, it was quite a task to find out what it
was all about, but we worked it out eventually. In those days it was much
simpler than it is now, then you just arrived at the airport with $50k, and
either gave it to the thugs, or got shot on the spot. Now a days the killing is
too messy, so they use the internet instead.
Of course these days it seems that Nigerian billionaires die in their hundreds
everyday, and forget to write a will magically leaving $125,000,000 (ONE HUNDRED
AND TWENTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS ONLY). And of course I win countless millions
each week in the Euro Millions lottery. But still I am curious, and if something
comes along with a new twist, then (with Google’s help), I make a bit of an
effort to work it out. I guess its my version of Sudoko
So lets get back on topic.
Over the years, I am sure most people know that I offer help to those that want
it, and I don’t mind if the knowledge I impart is used for commercial purposes,
since in the end that’s what Dynamics NAV is all about. But get rich quick
schemes are just not my thing.
Over the last year of so, just about all the Dynamics related Forums have been
hit by posts asking for answers to exam questions, in fact two new ones started
in the last year or so, that seem to be dedicated to just this. I have been
against these types of posts for some time, and I get a lot of people saying
“but we should help people to learn Dynamics”, and in this I agree, and when the
question is something like:
“I just sat the Dynamics NAV xyz test, and there was a question about Inventory locations, could someone explain the difference between abc and def”
then I feel that the person had
problems, and wants help to a/ pass the test, but also b/ know what is going on.
We used to get posts like that back in the NOLUG days 10 years ago, and the
discussions lead to a healthy learning environment. But the current generation
is something different. I regularly get IMs and Emails where people just start
generally chatting about Navision, then all of a sudden hit me with a series for
very specific questions, that could only be so exact if they were copied during
the test. … Well now its getting worse, I am now getting screen shots from the
tests that look like they are taken with a mobile phone.
So the next thing is to figure out “why would someone go to take a test only for
the purpose of copying down the questions?” surely it makes sense with the free
second shot to go home, learn what you didn’t know, then go back again. After
all, if you don’t know the answer, and you want to be a Dynamics professional,.
then you are going to need to learn it some time. So with some help from Google,
its easy to work out what is going on. So for those of you that are interested
in getting rich quick with Dynamics (or any other product that is certified by
multi choice tests).
Sorry, again I am off topic, so here is one way to get rich quick with Dynamics.
Step 1/ First you need to start a web site, call it something like
www.pass-without-knowing-anything.com set up the site to say you have a
money back guarantee for passing Dynamics tests, and add a page that lists all
the Dynamics certifications, and link each to a new page. Then set up internal
counters, to see how many unique IPs hit each test. On the exam page that opens,
put a message that says : “This exam is currently being processed, please enter
you email address to be notified when it is available, or check back at the site
regularly” it really does not matter, all you are doing right now is getting
stats to see which Exam people are most interested in.
Step 2/ Now you need a company with a few English speaking
people that have basic internet skills, India is the best place to look. Now
once you have some stats from your web site, work out which Exam to do first.
Have one of your “team” enroll in the test. Give them a cell phone with camera,
or some other method of recording the test. Send them to the test, and have them
return the test questions. Don’t have them waste time answering questions, make
sure they just get the list of questions.
Step 3/ Use MSN and Google to find all the forums that would have
people involved in these products. a/ Join up in the forums, b/ get a few basic
posts to make it look like you are interested in Dynamics, and c/ get as many
email addresses and IM names as possible. (b/ is optional by the way).
Step 4/ Put together the questions you now have, and post them
on the forums, email them, and IM everyone you can. You will be surprised at how
many people want to help you in your get rich quick scheme, and will post all
the answers for you.
Step 5/ Now that you have the answers, (using your “second test
for free certificate) send the original person back to the test, this time
answering all the questions, so that you can see how accurate the answers are.
You want 80%-90% results, so if the result is low, have someone else do the
process again to make sure you have the correct questions. And remember you are
only guaranteeing a pass, so really you only need to meet the pass mark, though
your clients will always feel better if they get higher marks.
Step 6/ Update your web site to now reflect that this test is
available. People will be skeptical, so allow them to access a sample of the
Exam Questions and Answers. There are two ways, a/ send them a sample by email,
b/ Have them down load a small piece of spy ware that they install, and that
pops up the information. b/ is the preferred method, since people would other
wise use one off email addresses, and you will loose them. The spy ware method
give you better control.
Step 7/ St back and watch the money roll in.
Sadly enough, the above is not my idea, and in fact its been going on for
many years, and is very common these days.
I really don’t like having to make this post, but the emails and PMs and IMs I
am getting very angry, to be honest if a person was asking the
questions for themselves I would not mind so much, but getting cheat notes so
you can sell them is just as bad as the Nigerian 419 scams.
Please next time some one emails you 30 abcd questions and just wants the
answers, consider it as a Euro millions email. and add it to your junk folder.
More importantly, please think twice about answering these threads on forums.
As an MVP its very hard for me to to say “don’t help help people in the
community”, but in this case I think its the correct solution. I do not think
that the community needs this.