OMG – The Stupid Things People Will Believe!
We had this come up again today, so wanted to share the story of another victim.
The purpose is not to shame them, but to use them as an example for the rest of you.
We had someone call our offices a while back and try to convince us that U.S. Military Officers and Enlisted Personnel are allowing scammers to use their photos (and presumably their identities) for a percentage of the money the scammer steals!
This may be the most ridiculous thing we have heard for a while. But it repeated every so other by sincere victims that really believe this. It happened today, and the source was another victim being manipulated by a scammer.
That person was what is called a “Mule”.
Consider what a Scammer Mule really is. It is a person so blinded by the scam they believe in that they are willing to break the law and go to jail for their scammer. Yes, they believe 100% that they are talking to a real military officer (in this case). She screamed at us on the phone over this issue.
She refused to believe that her officer was not at the Pentagon and that we and the U.S. Army are lying about it. She said she had received (had laundered) almost $30,000 for this scammer.
She wanted us to go to Washington and talk to this General because one of the checks she received bounced.
We contacted her local police to go and talk to her. She did not go to jail, but is facing monstrous issues from the U.S. IRS over taxes, since the money she received they consider as income.
People believe stupid things. Don’t fall into that trap yourself – that is what makes people willing to become victims.
Be a more critical thinker.
As far as people letting scammers use their photos, we only know of one porn star that sold her photos to scammers for their use (per Davin Rosenblatt) Yuliana Avalos and her boyfriend did just that. We know of no others in all the years we have been doing this. To believe otherwise does a serious disservice to the innocent victims of scammers, and to yourself.
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