Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nigerian scam finds a victim

The story is at
An Oregon woman was suckered for $400K by the Nigerian scam.

She wiped out her husband’s retirement account, mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car. Both were already paid for.

For more than two years, Spears sent tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Everyone she knew, including law enforcement officials, her family and bank officials, told her to stop, that it was all a scam. She persisted.

Should we feel sorry for people like this for their loss, their stupidity, or both?

(This episode and the many others like it show that when we desperately want to believe something, we will believe it.)

1 comment:

Michael J Oakes said...

I bought a lottery ticket this week.