Another online scam

There seems to regularly be stories about online scams, and a number of these seem to be playing on relationships and ‘love’. Preying on the vulnerable and the gullible is dirty but some people don’t care about the personal damage the do.

There has been two high profile New Zealand drug mule cases. There are often stories off lesser scams, but they can still have a devastating impact, financially and emotionally, on the victims.

In this week’s local community newspaper (The Star) there’s an Online scam warning for women (not easily accessible online).

A woman started communicating with an American on Facebook.

“Within a day he said that he loved me and could see a future with me”.

That carried on for two weeks before he told her he had sent her a parcel with valuable gifts in it, and gave her the track and trace number.

She then received emails from a courier company in Malaysia asking for $2,500 in tax.

She got out a loan and paid the $2,500.

The courier company emailed again saying she would have to pay $15,000 for insurance – so she called the man who told her there was $600,000, a diamond ring, a watch, some jewellery and an iPhone 6.

“He said please, please, please and I’m the type who will do anything for anyone so I went to the bank to get another loan”.

This time the lady at the bank got her to go to the police, but nothing could be done about the $2,500 as it had left the country.

It’s mind boggling how gullible some people are.

It ‘only’ cost this woman $2,500 before someone helped her out of the scam.

A more elaborate scam could have cost Anthony Melmanche his life. He is serving a 15 year prison sentence in Bali.

Can gullible people be helped from their stupidity? Should they be?

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  8th August 2015

    Maybe they should be, but they never have been and never will be. It should be obvious that online scams are just that, but the vulnerable (like Anthony de Malmanche) and the greedy will go on being caught by them.

    Nothing will convince me of his guilt. Who’d notice an extra 2kg or so in a bag, which was probably wheeled, anyway ? We all know how a bag seems to grow heavier and heavier as it’s carried or towed along ! Alas, the Balinese authorities have heard all this before, and I can see why they have no tolerance for drug crime. They can’t take his word for it, or they’d have to take everyone’s word for it. I hope that some horrible kharma comes to the people who betrayed this unlucky man.

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  2. kittycatkin

     /  8th August 2015

    The problem or wonderful bonus, depending upon the point of view, is that one feels as if one knows online friends. i do wonder at people being stupid enough to fall for ‘Nigerian scams’, though. Or ones supposedly offering huge returns on investments. Or any of the obviously bogus offerings.

    As people have been taken in since time immemorial, I can’t see them not being taken in now or ever. No matter how many warnings there are, some people will believe that someone wants to hand them a few million because the money has to go to an overseas account. Why not open one yourself, then ?

    The woman whose name I forget-the one whose online boyfriend dropped her in it-shows that anyone can be caught. But one would have to really stupid to fall for the cold-call email offering a huge amount of money in exchange for putting it in one’s bank account.

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    • Dance of the Desperates

       /  8th August 2015

      But when someone offers you genuine riches, plus their undying true love, I mean wot’s a gurl to do?

      I’ve already sent 10k to a wonderful looking man in Nigeria – a Government Minister no less! As soon as he can escape the country, Bnojo has access to over 100mil USD, (he’s even shown me the confidential bank drafts). He just needed a ‘private advance’ for airfares to NZ so as to not raise any suspicion as to where the real money was hidden. Now he tells me he desperately needs another 20k for urgent medical treatment – he said he has been diagnosed with early stage prostrate cancer.and will need an operation in Abuja General Hospital before being able to get on a flight.

      Now when I come across an article like this it really wurries me – repeat, wot’s a gurl to do???

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      • BUNNY BOILER

         /  9th August 2015

        gosh, sounds like a real sad story to me 😦
        did you actually get to speak to this man on skype or exchange photos or something?
        please be careful and heed advice.

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  3. Can gullible people be helped from their stupidity? Should they be?

    Gullibity and stupidy are not the some thing, gullibility is more about a lack of awareness of the criminal nature of people. Since gullibility is mostly based on ignorance it is a condition that can be helped, although doing so can be easier said than done.

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  4. Darwin in action…..in the financial sphere. “If it seems to good to be true…” is an old, old saying…

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    • kittycatkin

       /  9th August 2015

      I’d say that being gullible is akin to being stupid; it simply means that the person is so silly that they’ll believe anything, no matter how much evidence there is against it. To be gullible is to be capable of being gulled (fooled) or to be a simpleton. Such people will probably never learn.We all know people who are fooled over and over and never see it coming.

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