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SCARS™ Urban Legends: Do Something Useful With Their Lives!
We hear it almost every day. A victim will comment as though asking a scammer “Why don’t you do something useful for others?”
This is not going to be a popular view since most victims want to vilify scammers as being evil, lazy, or worthless. But the truth is far different.
The truth is the most scammers are running a business, and like all businesses, it has its complexity, ups and downs, and risks that need to be managed. It just turns out that this business is a criminal one.
Our job is not to feed hate and prejudice. Our job is to tell you the truth so you can accept what happened to you and heal from it. Some of these truths are going to be hard to hear!
Like a business, Scamming benefits its owners, employees, and its community!
We have previously spoken about how scamming is big business. One recent arrest of someone named “Hushpuppy” stopped billions in online fraud. But it is more than that, scammers are viewed by many in their countries as heroes.
I countries like Ghana, where law enforcement does very little about scammers or fraudsters they are viewed as employers and supporters of their communities. Scamming brings in so much money that it is a significant part of their national GDP. In most cases, one of the reasons why outside influence has been limited is that scammers bring in more than the foreign aid from countries like the United States.
The fact that this is a crime is not the principal issue to the people in these countries that depend on scammers for their income. Thus for large parts of the population of some countries scammers represent pivotal industrialists supporting local economies – to them, they are no different than Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.
This view of gangsters as benefactors is not new. In the United States during the Great Depression Al Capone supported his community with jobs and philanthropy as well (see Al Capone Ran A Soup Kitchen.) In today’s Ghana, scammers are virtually running and funding several of their universities – teaching the youth of Ghana technology skills – of course, these are mostly applied to produce more scammers, but not always. Additionally, after scammers make their money, they frequently apply it to the founding of new legitimate businesses. Scammers are today’s “Robber Barons” fueling the economies of their future (from the misery of victims today.)
The point of this article is to establish that scammers, while they are criminals in nature, they are far from lazy, do nothing useless people.
We are NOT taking their side – they are criminals that do vast harm to millions of people.
But it is important to understand that many of them (not all) apply their skills in the development of more than just filling their pockets. The ones that are frequently seen showing their stolen money are just low-level thugs, but the majority of scammers stay hidden working their illegal businesses without showing off. This is one of the reasons why it has been hard to attack the larger cartels, because they are both supporters of their local communities and because they remain very hidden. This is true of scammers in Africa, Russia, China, India, Latin America, and elsewhere.
It is most important that victims stop mythologizing scammers because by the insulting of scammers it only diminishes the victims.
If scammers are so stupid and lazy and do nothing useful then how did they scam so many smart useful people around the world?
It must mean that all victims are stupid and lazy themselves to be conned by such people!
Of course, we know that is NOT true. Scammers are smart and capable – that is how they scam smart people.
It is actually harder to accept that you were scammed from a stupid person than to admit that the scammer was an expert in what they do. No one likes to be beaten by an incompetent opponent, yet scam victims trapped in their anger insist on this which only makes it harder to accept and ultimately recover from.
So, the next time you hear to see someone call scammers stupid remind them that scammers are expert professionals at what they do! That when they insult scammers they are only insulting their victims!
Here is a Nigerian’s View: http://saharareporters.com/2020/06/27/why-hushpuppi-won%E2%80%99t-be-last-nigerian-fraudster-samuel-osho
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