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    Default The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger I never thought I was

    The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger I never thought I was the kind of person to fall for a scam.

    On a Tuesday evening this past October, I put $50,000 in cash in a shoe box, taped it shut as instructed, and carried it to the sidewalk in front of my apartment, my phone clasped to my ear. “Don’t let anyone hurt me,” I told the man on the line, feeling pathetic.

    “You won’t be hurt,” he answered. “Just keep doing exactly as I say.”

    Three minutes later, a white Mercedes SUV pulled up to the curb. “The back window will open,” said the man on the phone. “Do not look at the driver or talk to him. Put the box through the window, say ‘thank you,’ and go back inside.”

    The man on the phone knew my home address, my Social Security number, the names of my family members, and that my 2-year-old son was playing in our living room. He told me my home was being watched, my laptop had been hacked, and we were in imminent danger. “I can help you, but only if you cooperate,” he said. His first orders: I could not tell anyone about our conversation, not even my spouse, or talk to the police or a lawyer.

    Now I know this was all a scam — a cruel and violating one but painfully obvious in retrospect. Here’s what I can’t figure out: Why didn’t I just hang up and call 911? Why didn’t I text my husband, or my brother (a lawyer), or my best friend (also a lawyer), or my parents, or one of the many other people who would have helped me? Why did I hand over all that money — the contents of my savings account, strictly for emergencies — without a bigger fight?

    When I’ve told people this story, most of them say the same thing: You don’t seem like the type of person this would happen to. What they mean is that I’m not senile, or hysterical, or a rube. But these stereotypes are actually false. Younger adults — Gen Z, millennials, and Gen X — are 34 percent more likely to report losing money to fraud compared with those over 60, according to a recent report from the Federal Trade Commission. Another study found that well-educated people or those with good jobs were just as vulnerable to scams as everyone else.

    Still, how could I have been such easy prey? Scam victims tend to be single, lonely, and economically insecure with low financial literacy. I am none of those things. I’m closer to the opposite. I’m a journalist who had a weekly column in the “Business” section of the New York Times. I’ve written a personal-finance column for this magazine for the past seven years. I interview money experts all the time and take their advice seriously. I’m married and talk to my friends, family, and colleagues every day.....
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    She isn't old or senile but she is a gullible Democrat. I have been watching Scammer Payback on Youtube It is both sad and hysterical at the same time. They gain access to the scammer's computer and turn on the scammer camera and watch them. They tell the scammer their real name and exactly where they are . I have seen the scammer sobbing and begging the Scammer Payback guy not to post the scammer's information on the internet. Most of these scams originate in India. The SP guy speaks Hindi and understands when they talk to other scammers. It's very entertaining. He set up a call center staffed by expert white hats from all over the US and backed by Any Desk a software company that has software the scammers frequently use to gain remote access to your computer.

    This woman is a FINANCE reporter

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    Why are liberals so gullible? This lady sounds like someone you see driving by themselves wearing a surgical mask.
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    This woman is an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressLane View Post
    Why are liberals so gullible? ...


    And despite the above ^^^ ... the money keeps pouring in.





    But yes. "Why are liberals so gullible"
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    Republicans elected a scammer to the presidency, you've got no room to speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evince View Post
    And they keep falling for putins lies
    So, how much money have they scammed out of you, is it $20, $100...? Can't be much since your welfare check doesn't go that far and buying pot at the local dispensary sure isn't cheap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    So, how much money have they scammed out of you, is it $20, $100...? Can't be much since your welfare check doesn't go that far and buying pot at the local dispensary sure isn't cheap...
    Your breath stinks and you have ass boils

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    Quote Originally Posted by evince View Post
    Your breath stinks and you have ass boils

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressLane View Post
    This woman is an idiot.
    This has Jussie Smollett written all over it...
    That they accuse you of what they are doing themselves, every...single...time

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressLane View Post
    Why are liberals so gullible? This lady sounds like someone you see driving by themselves wearing a surgical mask.
    Liberals? How many Americans are being conned by Trump? He was shocked to find how well his con worked nationally. He was incredulous when he said "I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any votes'. That is conned. That is you.

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    How did you determine the woman's political beliefs?

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    They do not call you Express Lame for no reason!

    This thread is about as Lame at it gets.

    Next Stupid, Desperate, and Lame thread please!

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