So Many Suckers — 419ers Bring In Millions In Just A Few Months
from the shockingly-easy dept
Want to know why you get so many 419 advance fee emails every day? It’s because there are still way too many people with way too much extra cash who continue to fall for what is, basically, one of the oldest cons around. The latest is that a group of 419 scammers in Amsterdam have been arrested — but not before they conned at least $2.4 million out of gullible people in about four months. In fact, officials think the $2.4 million is quite low — and the real number may be “many times more than that.” Late last year I read Drake’s Fortune, which is basically about the equivalent of today’s 419 scams, but from a century ago. The amazing thing is just how much a little greed and the thought of easy wealth causes people to completely lose all critical thinking abilities — even to the point of still believing the con men after the whole thing is revealed and their money has been taken.