How could they fall for it?! You ask yourself, until it happens to you. Some of these frauds are not so obvious. I received an email once from one of my cousin’s email accounts. It said that she’d been mugged in Malaysia and lost all her personal items. My cousin was indeed in Malaysia and this sounded awful, so I read on. ‘My wallet has been stolen and I need some money desperately.’ That’s where I stopped, because I knew she’d never ask me for money – mostly because she knows that I don’t have any.
Oh, some of them appear to be the perfect English gentlemen! A friend of mine was desperate to get tickets to Wimbledon and on twitter stumbled upon a ‘man’ who claimed to have some. Despite having read warnings she was willing to take a chance to avoid the 10 hour queues. It was indeed too good to be true. The person she had been in touch with was fluent in English and was a polite gentleman until the money was transferred to his account. Then as if by magic, poof, he disappeared into thin air. His twitter account had vanished from the Twittersphere and he didn’t respond to any texts or calls.
They don’t care how much money you have – or don’t have. They will send you into overdraft and max-out your credit card if they without a second thought.
They can be people you are in contact with every day – neighbours, family, friends. Please don’t start being suspicious of everyone around you – just be alert. Many a small business has gone bust under the hands of a ‘trusted employee’.
Baggy jeans sagging so low their Calvin Klein’s (possibly purchased by you) are revieled? Or a suit maybe? Fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes! And all ages too. They don’t have a ‘look’.
The same is true of online fraudsters. They may have a website that looks legitimate and professional – like Viagogo – but they’re still out to steal your money as best they can!
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