Just Because You're Renowned, It Doesn't Mean You're Not Gullible
from the keep-on-paying dept
We're always amazed at just how gullible people appear to be when it comes to scams like the Nigerian advance-fee 419 scam. And, while it's easy to assume that it's tricking people who are just not that intelligent -- we keep hearing stories of well-renowned people, who obviously are quite smart being taken. Two years ago, remember, there was the "renowned" Harvard professor and AIDS/cancer researcher who was tricked by 419 scammers, and who went on to scam a bunch of colleagues and friends out of $600,000. Now comes the news of a famous neuroscientist from UC Irvine. It turns out that he's being accused by his son of handing over approximately $3 million to Nigerian scammers over the past decade. Like the Harvard professor and others, this guy is denying that he was conned -- instead claiming just that he made some bad investments. Can we get someone to write a prescription for common sense?