More New Friends, More Opportunities!
Scum of the Earth Dept:
Now that I’m in the final throes of prepping for departure, there’s no end to the offers of help for anyone on the Internet! The trend seems to try to legitimize the larceny by including links to actual events or legitimate websites. Here are the two latest:
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
This is a personal email directed to you. I am Patricia Busking, my fiancée and I won a Jackpot Lottery of $393Million US Dollars in Aug. 25, 2017, and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $1,480,000.00 USD to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 5 unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family. If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients and Please contact my legal adviser Barr. Dominic based in United Kingdom with the email below.
Endeavor to provide him your donation cod (Code: BVTUTU883) and your details as requested bellow:
“(1). FULL NAME:
“(3). TEL NUMBER:
“(4). Date of Birth:
“You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Best of luck,
“Bellow”? These parasites figure there’s some number of gullible people out there somewhere, and are counting on tripping over just the right person to fool, such as an elderly man or woman whose cognitive functions have deteriorated, or someone whose innate greed leads them to believe that this is something that they themselves can take advantage of. And so the trap is laid to see what limps by.
To: Doug Begley
“I hope this message finds you well! I am contacting you based on your personal information I found at your chamber of commerce as someone that has vast and wide experience in business environment of your country.
“My name is Dr Shaw Edward I am interested in establishing and operating a very viable business as a means of investment abroad.I do not know too well on how this is done in your country, so I will need you to help me in this regard.Therefore, I seek your advice and guidance any lucrative business investment in your country
“If you are interested contact me on email@example.com for further details and whereby you are not interested; please indicate in your reply so that I can seek for the assistance of someone else.
“I look forward to your reply and co-operation.
“Dr. Shaw Edward.
“This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
Notice that this last one at least recognizes my working lifetime as an employee, citing a “vast and wide experience in business environment of your country“. He did, however, miss my acquired expertise in Care Bears, spending hours trying to locate items in large and unfamiliar grocery stores, and flatwashers from around the world. Gathering up my “information” at my “chamber of commerce” would be a pretty good trick. My information might more likely be found on the bulletin board of your local Post Office. “Dr. Edward” still fails the business class in grammar and punctuation, but he at least fakes an antivirus check tag at the end to lend an air of legitimacy. This guy, in appealing to people involved in the operation of a business, is counting on finding just the right combination of ego and money-centric orientation to make his day. But brain-fade must also be in the mix, so I would think that this is going to be a tough go among businesspeople. I suppose that the only other likely responder is someone who hasn’t done much more than interview for a career behind the counter at McDonalds, and figures that he or she is entitled to take advantage of an obvious error in the bureaucratic process.
My own personal takeaway from these missives is an underscoring of something I came across many, many years ago. It’s based on the fact that the most likely category of people to believe a salesman’s schpiel is…other salesmen! Should I say “salespersons”? This of course sets aside the naive who have not yet discovered that there are people without consciences out there, and of course those suffering from some mental impairment which affects their ability to take in the full scope of things. Children fall into these categories, but I won’t include them here because that’s what parents are for. Those comparatively tiny groups of innocents laid aside, salesmen are on the whole the most likely to fall prey to a decent sales presentation. Something else I’ve come across in my years of experience is that, dispensed in sufficient quantity, lies affect the perceptions of the liars. Habitual or compulsive liars can eventually begin to believe their own lies, and in extreme cases, lose contact with reality and the ability to discern truth from lie. They become so used to manipulating and persuading others with lies that their lives center around it. There are instances where, when they are asked in court to confirm “events” that they have made up, perhaps to get back at someone for a perceived slight, they are unable to discern delusion from fact when push comes to shove. They no longer know what actually happened, since they have become lost within their own manipulative schemes. Email scammers such as the above believe that they have the knack for deceiving and manipulating others, and this, coupled with an impaired conscience and absence of personal integrity, leads them to believe that there are only three types of people in the world. These are: People who can see through their efforts and are of no interest, gullible innocents ready to be taken advantage of, and other scammers of all stripes who share the same values and view of the world, and seek to get ahead by any means possible. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s one which the anonymity of the Internet and telephone industry empower to try their luck. Such is Progress and the hope in Technology to build a better world. It’s the same flaming torch of the hope of mankind which Education held so high for itself in the 1980s through 2000s. We’re reaping the blessings of that solemn promise today.
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