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2/3 of Western Union transfers involve crime

in Ottawa, at least.

     
5:49 pm on Jun 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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60 minutes had program about Canadian Lottery scams. Said 2/3 of cash coming into the Western Union office in Ottawa was crime receipts. Incredible.

Most victims are elderly U.S. citizens some of whom lost $100,000 or more

Many had been warned early on by friends and relatives that it was a scam

5:55 pm on June 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"Dalton Bissett and Willette Miller are both from Texas. Miller was warned by her banker not to send any money, but she did it anyway. "I'm mad now," she says. "And I'll do anything if I could save one person one dollar out of all this scam business."

Interesting aspect of scams is that many victims have been warned. Some are victimized repeatedly. And not always the elderly.

7:32 pm on June 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The scammers preffered method. Look on car websites, there is always an offer that is too good to be true who asks you to send money and then they will "ship" the car. You should tell the police and set him up for some time in jail.
2:46 am on June 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Many had been warned early on by friends and relatives that it was a scam

Hence the phrase "A sucker born every minute"

Or even better... "By definition, half the world's population has below average intelligence."

11:19 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"By definition, half the world's population has below average intelligence."

Off-topic, but this statement is completely wrong. See any elementary text book on statistics for an explanation of why it is wrong.

11:33 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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See any elementary text book on statistics for an explanation of why it is wrong.

Why yes, and I am sure that there really is a sucker born every minute (verified by the census no less) and that a certifiably weighed ounce of prevention does stop a certifiably weighed pound of misery.

Sheesh...

11:38 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am sure that there really is a sucker born every minute

This one is probably right :)

12:44 am on June 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"A fool and his money are soon parted"

The real question is how they got together in the first place. In the old days, they rarely did. Suckers with money are a recent and common phenomenon. Inheritance mostly, I guess.

8:10 am on June 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Suckers with money are a recent... phenomenon.

Not so. They've always existed. Think of the number of people in medieval Europe who were willing to buy a "piece of the True Cross". There were enough of them to support a large body of con-artists who lived by the sale of these items.

If anything, I think people are more sophisticated these days. It's just that we've got a long way to go, that's all.

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You read the book the Big Con, some of the lengths which the conned went to, to get teh funds is amazing.

Most of them werent stoooopid anyway.