A Fool And Her Money

A Western Australian woman who lost $600,000 to an online scammer has told how he wooed her and made her believe she would be starting a new, exciting life. She lost her home, her investment property, all her savings and her friends and family except for one of her two children who still talks to her. As sorry as I feel for her I have to ask how anyone could be so gullible as to ignore the warnings she says she heard in her head and still sent off hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone she had never met before.

You can blame the internet for many things and it does speed up the ‘falling in love’ process in some ways I guess. But please. How naive, read that stupid, must you be? They say Australians lose millions to these (often Nigerian) online scammers every year. How can that happen? How can someone supposedly smart enough to amass a small fortune be dumb enough to lose it like this?

I know they prey on vulnerable people but please, get a bleeding grip of yourself! Don’t make excuses for greed, laziness, apathy, arrogance, ignorance and lethargy. I can’t begin to fathom how anyone can be so loose with their wealth, they really don’t deserve to have it but of course they certainly don’t deserve to lose it to scammers.

Make no mistake the criminal is the scammer, not the sucker who gets scammed. We can all suffer a scam to a certain degree because they are expert at identifying our weaknesses and hot buttons. The simple solution is never send money to someone you have never met and never meet anyone who asks you for money online. Nigerian 419 scams are so well known today there is no excuse for not knowing about them. If you are reading this then you probably have an email account and have received these scam letters and can read all about them by doing a search or two.

Con artists work on your greed so if it seems too good to be true it is. Always, every time. I am saddened this woman has lost everything but I feel pity for her, not sympathy and certainly not empathy.

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