Scammers and Their New Role Model

Is it just me or are others seeing a recent increase in their junk e-mail from sites likely to originate in some African nation, promising to share their vast wealth with us.  You know, the ones that tell you about money trapped in central banks during civil wars or coups, often in countries currently in the news. Or they may tell you about massive inheritances that are difficult to access because of government restrictions or taxes in the scammer’s country.

These kind of scams have been around almost as long as the internet itself.  The fact that they still prevail indicates there are enough saps out there willing to take the bait.  The most recent one I received was from a Mr. David Oju, claiming to be a Computer Scientist working with Central Bank of Nigeria.  He encouraged me to “Hurry now and claim your fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria or your fund will be confiscated by the wicked officials of the CBN.”

Somehow, having never been to Nigeria nor knowing anyone who has, it seems I have a “payment file marked X and [a] released disk painted RED.”  This samaritan went out of his way “to study it, trying to find out why the funds were not released to me.”  It appears I have accumulated some $2,700,000.00 this year alone and all he needs to transfer it to my account is to give him information that allows him access to my banking account.

At this point the normal individual would see red flags going up, even if they were stupid enough to open the email in the first place.  But don’t think this con doesn’t work on some.  In fact, just last November millions of Americans bought into the notion that a narcissistic, serial philanderer who has been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades, was going to improve the quality of their lives and make this country great again.  All based on nothing more than his words because the man had no history of public service.  His entire life had been centered around enriching himself, often at the expense of others.

So if he can successfully bamboozle a plurality of American voters in enough states, there’s nothing to make Mr. David Oju think he can do no less.

It saddens me to think we are now seen as a nation of idiots for putting this man in charge of nuclear codes, giving scammers new hope that the “sucker” population in America has broadened?

John Steinbeck once noted that “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”  This foolish aspiration is what motivated many Trump supporters to back him and it is what draws scammers from around the world to tap into that foolish notion

However, if you think me merely another element of fake news trying to smear the reputation of the Donald, then perhaps I can interests you in some ocean front property in Yuma, Arizona at unbelievably discounted prices.

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6 responses to “Scammers and Their New Role Model

  1. Excellent analogy, Woodgate!

    I saw my first Nigerian Prince scam on the Webpipes over 25 years ago. I have to admit, it fooled me for about a minute and a half. But I was a toddler and that was 25 years ago! How the fuck are people STILL falling for it in 2017??? How has anyone alive (even the lucky people who’ve never been on the Interwebs) NOT heard of Nigerian Scammers??? Even though (literal) sellers of snake oil have been out of business for over 100 years, I’ve heard of them and know they were scams. Is our species this stupid? Obviously so.

    With regards to Trump, his success is powerful evidence that we’ve actually become even stupider during the last 25-30 years. Because I could get NY area TV, I’ve had the “blessing” of watching this man ooze his way to the top. The 1st time I heard of him was during his USFL football lawsuit against ABC, which he won, but only for $1. It was the first & last time I ever cheered him on.

    I loved the USFL and wanted it to continue. At the time, I didn’t realize Trump (& other owners) actually triggered the conflict by trying to move the league from a spring schedule to one in direct competition with the NFL. Dumb move made worse with bad timing. Granted, ABC was dead wrong, but Trump (etc) should’ve known it would kill their league. But Trump said loosing was worth billions in free publicity. And he was right. He was instantly a local celebrity.

    That was about the time that our news dumbed itself down and our culture became increasingly obsessed with sleazy triviality. As our culture became tackier, as we collectively dumbed ourselves down, Trump road that wave higher & higher. He crept from local, to regional and then national (tabloid) status. Then the “real” news started paying attention as it dumbed itself down for ratings. Trump even got his own Reality TV show, itself a significant stage in our collective dumbing-down. His rise mirrors our collective decline.

    I don’t think there’s a single person alive who isn’t stupider and who doesn’t have a shorter attention span than 25-30 years ago. If you suggested Trump run for mayor of NY or Atlantic City, 30 years ago…you’d have been institutionalized. Today, he’s the fucking President!

    That’s how low we’ve fallen.

  2. I continue to receive those scams periodically, but the most recent one wasn’t from Africa at alll. In fact, it was allegedly from our leader’s wife who wanted to share some of her wealth —- sure!

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