This is a scamScamA Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost.
An Arms Race In Scamming
It is such a strange thing to think about
We are in an arms race in the technology and approaches to scamming.
Yet the stone-age approach seems like it still works!
Here is a perfect example received through LoveAccess.com:
I know my mail will come to you as a surprise since you don’t know me and we have not had any previous contact. Please, forgiveForgivenessWhat Is Forgiveness?
Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. me if am disturbing your privacy.
The reason why I have contacted you is to explain my plight to you as to know if you can help me. My late father left some money for me before he died but I am having problem with the bank to get the money because of some agreement clause in the deposit agreement.
[have you ever noticed how Father’s are always late? wink]
Part of the agreement stipulates that my late father will provide a foreign partner who will claim and invest the money overseas, that only this partner has the right of withdrawal of the said deposit. That unless I attain the ages of at least 24 years that I cannot control this money without the help of his foreign partner. At the moment I am 19 and I need the money to ensure a good future.
The bank require that I should present my fathers foreign partner, so I need you to act as my fathers foreign partner and assist me claim the money from the bank. This is the reason why I have contacted you. If you are willing to assist me, please, let me know so that I can discuss more about it. I wait your response.
Yours sincerely, Rose Guei. firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, just an FYI, when you see a Dating Profile that says something like this, run away!
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