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29 April 2009 @ 06:22 pm
When Bad Things Happen To Stupid People, Or,  
Don't These People Have Children They Can Give All Their Money To?

An area tv station had one of those periodic features to warn that surprisingly large contingent of people who apparently don't know better about various schemes criminals undertake to relieve them of their money.

At the end of the piece there was a brief followup to a similar report six months earlier. If you've ever suspected that some of the people who get taken in these scams are too stupid to live, the segment provided a nice confirmation of that.

At the 3:47 mark of the clip, the reporter invites us to "see if you remember this guy," and shows us video from last November. We see only the victim's hands in front of an American flag as he says, "Take this as a warning - don't get caught in these scams." The man lost "a couple of million dollars" (!) to con artists who told him he needed to pay some fees to claim $10 million in winnings from an Australian lottery.

"Turns out," says the reporter, "that after we did the interview with him... he sent the con artists another $30,000."

I had no idea you could even get your head that far up your own ass. I only wish I knew his e-mail address, y'know?

Music: Take The Money And Run - Steve Miller Band
lotusbeans on April 30th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
The really hilarious part is that not only did he hand over another 30k he TOLD someone about it.
(Anonymous) on May 3rd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Clearly this guy's photo is in the dictionary next to "gullible" and in the cliché book next to "hope springs eternal." TD