Fraud Victims: “He Was Christian; Of Course I Would Believe Him”

No matter the volumes of evidence to the contrary, theists still believe that other theists — especially those in their own tribe — are automatically trustworthy.

I was reminded of that when I read the story of Vincent Ciccone and his wife Karen, Canadians who, on Wednesday, in Kitchener, Ontario, were arrested for large-scale financial fraud.

The RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] says that investors were lured in with promises of 20 to 30 per cent returns on investments that included resort properties, development property, and day-trading. However, investigators determined the money was not invested but instead put into a Ponzi scheme, with newer investors providing cash that was present as returns to previous investors. The previous investors were then convinced to re-invest those returns.

Why were the victims snookered? In part because

… The suspects would start meetings with prayers, a move to instill confidence in investors, said RCMP Insp. Todd Gilmore at a Wednesday news conference.

We had victims say things like, ‘He was Christian, of course I would believe him’.”

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About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.


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