Leamington man loses $150,000 in Nigerian scam

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  1. HURST

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    http://www.windsorstar.com/Leamington loses Nigerian scam/1173799/story.html
     
  2. JRViejo

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    This story is tragic in so many levels, involving the man, the uncle, his parents and let's not forget "greed" yet the biggest clue early on was this:
    How many times can we say it: if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
     
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    Tsk, people are just so naive.
     
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    Ye....Ye....and castles rise in children eyes !
     
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    Wow,How very sad and very naive one can be.
     
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    That's it.
     
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    If the story is true, the guy is an absolute idiot. If the story is not true than he is up to something. It reminds me of this British couple vacationing in Spain or Portugal, and their little daughter suddenly disappeared, just vanished. Public response was just amazing: Within 6 months they managed to put together more than 2,5 million dollars out of people trying to help find their child. The last I heard was that Interpol were investigating the parents themselves.
     
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    Stupid is as stupid does!LOL.
     
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    Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle black:
     
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    But wait there's more!!

    what do you do when you've been scammed by the Nigerians, well you recruit some new scamees for the scammers to try to cover your losses. Note that the original couple began sending money in 2003.
    Ah, my fellow Queenslanders always ready to turn a loss into a win.:ninja:
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/technolo...n-nigerian-scam/2009/01/07/1231004089791.html

    The person I feel the sorriest for in all this is Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group in Queensland, there is hardly a week goes by without him appearing on the TV news to talk about the latest bunch of people who have been scammed, explaining the scam in simple langauge, imploring people to be very sceptical about any such deals, but alas it goes on and on. Poor old D.S.Brian Hay is starting to look like a beaten man.o_O
    The thing that really gets me is that the majority of people who fall for this don't just get stung the once, they keep putting more money in over time, sometimes for a few years. I think they are enacting what psychologists call 'The Gambler's Fallacy', when your on a loosing streak keep putting money in as your luck must change sometime, this is of coarse the irrational response the rational thing to do is cut your losses and walk away.
     
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    Geesh, they really were not to smart. These folks didn't lose to bad luck. No luck at all, it was by design.

    Funny part is the scammers aren't very bright either. Some of the scam baiters, have turned their green against them, and scammed them.
     
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    Simply incredible, or should that be gullible.

    That old Nigerian scam (and many others) is been active ever since Windows 98. So IF it's really true, then he has no one else to blame then his self.

    Anyone read the one where a Nigerian King died recently but hid a huge sum of treasure to his niece or nephew and all they need is (YOU)(By Email Name/Addy) a good hearted receiver send them your bank account routing number along with the sum of which is been chosen by them for you to prove your honesty to hold that big sum of theirs they claim, untill they can travel to you to divide up the treasure or reward you handsomely for helping them keep their transfer safe. Send them trust money and BINGO! you been taken for a ride.

    This scam is as old as the hills.
     
  15. rd555

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    i guess the dude had never tried to sell PC bits or a mobile phone on ebay, he may have come across the scam sooner :p :gack:
     
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