It's amazing what some folks can be made to believe. Hope she gets it back!
Psychic "Cleansed" Woman Out of $45K(4 posts) (4 voices)
A few months ago there was a story here in Canada about a man who had lost all his savings and a significant amount of his family's savings totaling over $100,000 to a Nigerian spam scam. Apparently he was won over by the fact that the spammer said "God bless you."
The first reaction is to wonder how on earth anybody could fall for something like that. Have they been living in a cave for the past two decades?
The second reaction is to wonder how on earth people so dumb could have over $100,000 available to throw away. (In this story, the man was given large loans from his parents, aunts & uncles, cousins, and a friend.)
But when the story broke I did some research beyond what was mentioned in the CBC article. They, perhaps charitably, neglected to mention that the man belonged to a very private and fairly strict Mennonite church, and had very little contact with people beyond his religious group. He'd been raised in such an environment that he simply didn't have the skepticism that comes with a normal upbringing in the world. In that way he truly could not function as an adult, and although he was reasonably bright and literate, his background lacked a critical piece.
I'd be curious to know what background this victim came from. She clearly lacks the critical thinking skills that most adults develop by just being in the real world.
What LRA said. How long did it take her to catch on? Did she even catch on? It doesn't say in the article, but I think it just sounds like she started to get impatient for her cleansed money she was promised at about 6 weeks. It wasn't like she all of a sudden said "Hey, wait a minute.... maybe they are scammers?"
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