Falling for it

January 20, 2009 11:37am CST
I know that some conmen are a holes and they prey on the desperate and helpless, but some of the things i have seen! Some con artists are really intelligent and come up with the most believable scams. Anyone can be conned,ANYONE. its all about telling the mark what they want to hear. they say that the best con, is when the mark doesnt know he's been conned. but who the hell would fall for this. some of the ones I have seen are. Send me £9.99 and Ill show you how you can earn money watching TV. Buy this machine at only £20, it allows you to turn the paper we supply you with into real money (people actually fell for this one!) The foreign lottery scam: people recieve an email or phone call telling them that they have won a prize in a european lottery, (which they did not enter!) they are asked to send some money to cover admin and customs costs and never recieve their "winnings" The foreign dignitary scam: a foreign "dignitary" asks you for your help getting some money out of the country, he will put the money into your account, he just needs your bank details. I know people get desperate, but how could you think that a magic money machine is real? Have you ever been conned? was there a scam that made you think oh my god how could anyone fall for that?
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@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
20 Jan 09
I think that after a few years of meeting with conmen of various shapes and sizes, I am often amazed by the way in which conmen operate. Being conned is not a terribly nice experience, but I think if you look at every con or scam, it teaches you valuable lessons. I look at the Nigerian letter scam. The guys who run this scam are no angles and you would definitely not give any of these guys a nomination for a Sainthood. Having said that, I think allot of these scams say more about the guys who get scammed than the guys operating the scam. Let's put it this way, the scams have been running for several decades and we've had more than enough warnings about them. Most of the scams are not even clever - there's a formula to them and if you receive one, you've actually receive the lot. Yet, the scammers continue - why? Because these guys continue to make a good living out of it - proving that the market for scams is no where close to being saturated. We read about how conmen attack the vulnerable. We get upset when an old lady loses her life savings to some sleazy con man. But quite often you will find that the con men succeed because they appeal to the worst in us - they appeal to our greed. Again, look at the Nigerian lottery and letter scams. Common sense will tell you that it's fishy when you're promised a couple of million but need to deposit a couple of hundred to some stranger. Yet allot of otherwise clever people fall for this - why? - They get greedy and see zeros without considering reality. When you look at things like it this way, conmen are not as bad as they're made out to be.
20 Jan 09
youre right about that, some of them have been around for years. But there is a difference between preying on the greedy and the desperate.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I haven't fallen for any of these, but there are the old fashioned cons run by family and friends. I've fallen for those. You know, "I'm out of money and my kid just got a deep cut. I really need to take him to the doctor!" You give them money, and find out that they had a keggar party the next day. Oh, that feels horrid! (Worse, they don't even bother to invite you! Talk about adding insult to injury) Desperate people do desperate things. They want a miracle so badly, they'll take any chance hanging in front of them. There's desperation, then there's desperation.
20 Jan 09
thats terrible, at least you have learned your lesson, (I hope)
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
20 Jan 09
Unfortunately yes. I really hate that my already suspicious mind just got worse. I don't like that I'm so untrusting of people. That's not a good way to be. You can't make friends that way. I've tried to go down the middle on this. I don't loan out money, but I do try to help people. When money is involved, I'm not. People will do the stupidest things to trick someone.
20 Jan 09
I dont like how mistrusful i have become either. but live and learn.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
20 Jan 09
When I hear of these scams I can't help but wonder why people do such things and how these people fall for them. If only the conmen and women would use their intelligence to do something productive and legal, just imagine how well off they could be. If they would educate themselves and get a real job they could probably do real well in life. I haven't been scammed but have heard of others that have. I don't have any money to begin with so no one would want to target me.
20 Jan 09
But its the ones with no money that make the best marks!
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@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
20 Jan 09
How is that? I have no money for them to take and I'm not foolish enough to spend my bill money on something that isn't a sure thing....
20 Jan 09
because people that have no money, want money. As for it being a "sure thing", there is no such thing.
@mansha (6301)
• India
21 Jan 09
You missed the ones whih promise that you will loose wieght like sweat with in fifteen days if you buy such and such product. I got conned by a person selling some 7$ secrets e book. It was a complete waste of money , I did get the book though but it was a completley useless thing. I got connned by a person here only on mylot nad may be he was on this site that I went ahead and boughthis e-book full of useless material. needless to say he never retuirned my 10$ even though he promised that in adertising. A word of caution, een if you make friends here do not trust them with your money ever. I learned that hard way.
21 Jan 09
Yeah, I have seen loads of those, but they are available in the shops too! I just think, if they really worked, wouldnt everybody have them?
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@mansha (6301)
• India
25 Jan 09
Yeah I guess you are right
• Malta
21 Jan 09
It seems that everyone is blaming the victim, when in fact the real problem is the conner! I don't believe that people 'Fall for it' as you put it on purpose! Haven't you even been robbed, betrayed, bullied, lied to?! I don't think that you had fallen for it in these cases didn't you. There's no point in judging these people as miserable, poor, greedy or desparate because my dear someday it might be you or myself in that position. Instead of wasting out time blaming these persons, we could do better by trying to make those around us more aware of these kinds of scams. Who knows maybe we might prevent someone from being conned.
21 Jan 09
what the hell are you talking about? No one said they fall for it on purpose, thats not falling for it, thats buying into. No one has blamed them for being conned, they said the conman sometimes appealed to their greed and sometimes to their desperation. The bottom line of what has been said is common sense needs to prevail.
• Malta
21 Jan 09
Common sense isn't so common after all.
• India
21 Jan 09
No I have never been conned. I didn't fell for it also. I will not show interest in any such thing that seems too generous to distribute a lot of money for very little investment or activity. all such things turn out to be a scam. Whenever I see that something looks to lucrative to believe, I take away my hands from that. It is not so easy to earn money.
21 Jan 09
no,youre right, its not.
@CatGods (4595)
• United States
20 Jan 09
No I have never been conned. I can usually sense a dirty rat or smell some thing fishy a mile away. See I got a ancient Chinese secret and that is making money no matter if it's online or off takes work, it just doesn't fall out of the sky or some one gives it to you. I also have common sense enough to know that you can't make thousands of dollars with a simple easy program of just 47.95. And out of millions of people, you were picked to help that government official with their money situation, um ..... yeah right. I agree with you, people are greedy and just don't want to work for it. And better yet, most people just don't think. Not the ones who fall for those types of scams.
20 Jan 09
thats true.