This is disgusting to me because it implies that becoming a millionaire is easy and simple. I guess all you have to do is buy whatever program they are selling.
The sad thing is that this is the same old tired scam that has been working for centuries. The promise of easy wealth is a deception that people have fallen prey to over and over again.
It is as if there is a loophole in the human psyche. Every scam artist must learn this is in elementary ‘rip off’ school 101.
Pick Pocket Thieves
On a side note, did you know that in South America there is a school called “The School Of The Seven Bells.” OK, it is surely not an official school but there apparently exists a criminal training of this name.
This school teaches its students how to be expert pick pockets. To graduate they must pick 7 pockets with bells attached to them. They must not ring any of the bells.
I know this sounds like a tall tale, but it was told to me by someone who worked in security for the casinos of Atlantic City.
False or not it is an interesting story.
But I digress.
Scam artists have always existed and will always exist. It is sad that there is some loophole in the human mindset that allows this type of scam to happen.
Man And Daughter Fall Victim to the Nigerian Bank Scam
You have probably received dozens of messages that are a variation of the Nigerian Bank Scam. The originator of the email claims to have access in some semi-official sounding way to millions of dollars but needs your help to ‘liberate’ that money.
You are offered a nice percentage of whatever the alleged amount is.
I recently read in the NEWS that a Korean man and his daughter recently fell for the Nigerian Bank Scam. They went to South Africa to collect the millions that they were allegedly to be the recipients of.
Instead, they were held for ransom by the scam artists.
My Own Scam Experience
Sometimes, people build a relationship over time in order to pull a scam. I was personally scammed out of $600 dollars in this way. You can read the whole story.
It angered me to be victimized in this way. But you know, it was a great experience. I am not so trusting anymore. Yet, I still automatically give people the benefit of the doubt. It is just that when there is something financial at stake, I tend to steer clear.
Perhaps we all have been victimized by such an experience.
Business and Investment Scams
Everyone has heard of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. This went on for so long in plain site and no one figured out what was going on.
Yet, investment scams have been going on for a long time, many of the stories never make the news.
There was a local town where a man was apparently selling legit investments for a decade or two and then he decided to steal the people’s money. It was another 10 or twenty years before he was caught and that was probably because he decided to skip town and ‘disappear’.
On a very sad note. He was only sentenced to very light jail time and only spent a few months in jail before being released. Most of the money was never recovered from what I understand.
Scams are happening all of the time. We really have to be wary and pay attention to who and what we are doing business with. It is not always easy to spot a scam.
If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your State’s attorney general’s office. If you don’t happen to live in America, report the crimes to someone in the government. Since this kind of thing happens everywhere, every country has some type of mechanism to deal with these problems.
When enough people complain, very often a government is in a situation where it MUST take action.
Human nature isn’t likely to change. There are good and bad people in the world. I hope you are one of the good ones. More importantly, I hope you never fall to temptation and become one of the bad ones.
Next time you see an email with the headline “Coffee Ship Millionaires” – send it to the junk folder – where it belongs!
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