I was looking through my junk folder today, just out of curiosity. I came across a dozen emails saying that I’d won something or someone is looking for help in transferring their inheritance. Most of them have such interesting backstories, fabricated to make us believe them and probably some to even appeal to our conscience. I found out in my very early days of using emails that these are people out to con you. But I started to wonder whether people actually fall for these schemes any more. If after 20 years or so, con artists have not given up trying, they must be getting some kind of response.
It’s hard to believe with all the news coming out about Ponzi schemes and the world becoming generally more aware about these types scams. May be, by virtue of being in finance, I have a better idea about money laundering and scams. But I would hope that a good deal of people out there would be at least slightly sceptical of such “get-rich-quick” schemes and stay away, even if they aren’t reporting these. It’s sad that there are people out there trying to rip off people who make an honest living. I guess evil people will always be around, so I hope, for the greater good, people stop believing in such obvious lies.