Ramadan game shows: robberies in disguise

National Yemen

One of the contest programs shown on Arab channel

By: Abdulrahman Shamlan

A number of TV shows broadcast during Ramadan have been designed to steal money from people using entirely legal means.

Such shows claim to offer tempting financial awards to people who manage to make it onto the shows, while in reality they simply rob huge sums of money.

In order to participate in such offerings, we must send costly SMS messages, the profits of which go directly to the producers of the competitions.

Take the well-known Huroof wa Aloof seasonal TV show which is aired on the MBC channel.

To participate on the show, you must send five SMS messages, each costing around 200 Yemeni Riyals (or 50 Saudi riyals).

If you want to increase your chances of winning a spot to compete live alongside smiling presenter Mohammed al-Shihri, you must pay as many times as you can.

Assuming that about 100,000 people participate in this program each day (though indicators show that there are far more), the program stands to earn more than one million SR.

While the earnings of the show can easily exceed one million SR, the total sum of the prizes offered by the show doesn’t exceed 50,000 SR.

The problem lies in the fact that most of the people participating in such shows are poor. Society’s wealthy will never fall for the so-called tempting offers.

The people producing such shows are essentially parasites. They choose to amass their fortunes at the expense of the poor and needy, exploiting their emotions, dreams and poverty.

With that being said, we have to be careful not to fall easy victims for such shows and watch out from disguised robbery by calculating it right that a bird in hand is better than ten on the tree.