Greed

showbrand_2020.gifABC’s 20/20 news program has exposed the greed of mankind. Man’s need for mo’ money. The con: Spam Email  being sent from other countries like Nigeria, using phone books and special computer programs to target Americans, to rip you off. I find it hard to believe that people fall for this stuff but the list of victims have included a former congressman, a lawyer and a heart surgeon. 

I’ve gotten these emails and deleted them. I can’t duck and dodge every scam out there but these types of email scams looked fishy from the start. I guess it’s just me because I find a problem having to pay $12,000 to get 10 million dollars in return. Is it just me or is something wrong with that picture? What’s worse is that these con artists have a hit theme song for you in Nigeria, too, titled: “I Go Chop Your Dollar.” Also there’s a hit movie over there, too, mocking gullible Americans. Whether the movie title is under the same name, I don’t know.

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7 Responses to Greed

  1. Meljean says:

    I can’t believe people actually fall for that. I’ve seen those e-mails … are people really so greedy and/or dumb?
    But then, I’m shocked that spam still exists, and in such massive quantities. It’s obviously profitable for someone — but who’s clicking on those links? Who hasn’t wised up by now? And not just the porn ones, which I kind of understand … but the Viagra? The mortgage stuff? the odd ones that quote Pride and Prejudice but don’t link to anything? It just boggles my mind.

  2. CindyS says:

    I have this one of the DVR so now I’m going to go watch it. Did you see the 20/20 on charity and it was titled Cheap in America? The people with the most money really give the least but give more than the middle class while the working poor give the most. I was humbled indeed since I think Bob and I would be the middle class. That said, the American people themselves are extremely generous when looking at it privately – the government might not give lots of money but the people of America give their time, money and aid through private organizations and are the most charitable in the world. I don’t know why the guy didn’t lead with that. Made me wonder where Canada was 😉

    CindyS

  3. Avid Reader says:

    Hi ladies,

    As for spam, Akismet has deleted about 856 spam emails so far. I had a scary moment last night when I thought I had approved 56 of them instead of deleting them. It is ridiculous and what are they doing about it? Also, I guess greed is a big motivating factor for a lot of people to get scammed. As the saying goes, there is always a catch and if it sounds fishy, it probably is fishy.

    I have this one of the DVR so now I’m going to go watch it. Did you see the 20/20 on charity and it was titled Cheap in America? The people with the most money really give the least but give more than the middle class while the working poor give the most. I was humbled indeed since I think Bob and I would be the middle class. That said, the American people themselves are extremely generous when looking at it privately – the government might not give lots of money but the people of America give their time, money and aid through private organizations and are the most charitable in the world. I don’t know why the guy didn’t lead with that. Made me wonder where Canada was 😉

     

    It’s no surprise to me that those who have nothing give the most when they can. When you think about it, most people who play the lottery are finacially strapped but they all want more money. Better economic situation for themselves so they will always be prime targets for scams. Going after that elusive dollar. It’s sad to think that in the richest country , we have the working poor. And it makes me mad sometimes to see celebrities go ACROSS THE COUNTRY to help other people who are starving when we have people starving here in America. Sorry for the tangent but sometimes this country is ass backwards.

  4. jmc says:

    I saw that 20/20 was doing a piece on the Nigerian credit scams, but didn’t watch. I was a little perplexed that anyone thought it was new or newsworthy. Back when I was a clerk in law school (approaching 10 years now), it was old news in immigration circles (lots of fraud cases came through that way). But even more perplexing was why anyone would believe the emails. I guess the same people who believe cold callers or mass emails offering them 100% investment returns within 1 year. Yeah, right, pull the other one is what I think when I see stuff like that.

    I do think Americans are generous…we just don’t talk about it. It seems pretentious to say I give $X or I volunteer XX hours at Whatever Shelter. But I know that every year, my division at work exceeds its estimate for donations through the Combined Federal [Charitable] Campaign — even though the goal increases each year.

  5. Avid Reader says:

    I hope my post serve as a warning to people because everybody can be scammed. But this stuff was outrageous and what’s worst, the report went on to say that for the Nigerian Black Money scam, the scammers were charging over $250,000 to wash the money with what turned out to be regular ole black construction paper. My motto is: if doesn’t make sense then it’s not true ala Judge Judy 🙂

  6. Karen Scott says:

    It still blows my mind that people still fall for these spam e-mails, but then again, perhaps I shouldn’t be, there are some dumb mo fo’s out there.

    The thing is, the e-mails look fishy, from the start, so I can’t understand anybody trusting them. It’s a little like the mail you get through your door telling you you’ve won a fabulous prize, if you didn’t enter a competition in the first place, then the likelihood is that there’s bound to be a catch.

  7. CindyS says:

    After watching the show I can’t believe the balls on these con artists! Then when they are caught they become meek as lambs.

    I thought that maybe it would be the elderly who were getting scammed but it was people who really should have known better! I got real mad once because of those mailings that started a few years ago saying that you had won so much money and that to get it all you had to do was purchase a necklace or something like that. Well, my Gram sent them money a few times before realizing she wasn’t going to get anything. I could understand how my Gram fell for it because the wording at the time was very misleading. You had to read what was written a few times to realize what it actaully said. What I didn’t understand was how these publications could do this so openly (this was through the mail). Now, this Nigerian stuff looks ridiculous compared to the early scams. At least the early scams were crafty, these just sound ludicrous from the get go.

    Still, I should be aware cause I could get scammed myself. There is a lead story up here saying that MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) money is not going to charity. Great. Just what I needed to know. I swear I’m going to start sticking with the big players and everyone else is going to have to go somewhere else!

    CindyS

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