If you are stressed about money (and who isn’t these days?) here is a warning: beware of “easy money.”
I recently read an article in a postal publication about a scam where people are sent letters asking for help transferring a very large sum of money (tens of millions of dollars) out of Nigeria. In return for their help, they will be paid a percentage of the transfer resulting in a fee of millions of dollars. As it turns out (no big surprise here) they have to pay large fees for "red tape and taxes"; some people actually went to Nigeria where they ended up paying more fees before being abandoned. A few were even murdered in connection with the fraud!
While reading the article I remembered receiving such letters and turning them in to the postmaster. Someone is going to just give me millions of dollars as a fee for doing something simple? C’mon!
I continued to read the article and was astounded to read that it is estimated that, in America alone, over $100 million dollars has been taken by this operation! What is wrong with this picture?
The Internet is teeming with offers of “$10,000 per month working 2 hours per day from home, guaranteed!” (I just love the “guaranteed” part…), “Sign up for our program and start receiving thousands of dollars in the mail”, “As seen on national TV you can be debt free in six months…” and so on. It is disgusting, disgraceful, and disheartening. What makes it even worse is that these people use outright lies to try to suck you in. Emails from these people start off with something like “In response to your inquiry…” or “You recently visited a website where you indicated an interest in…” or “According to the questionnaire that you recently filled out…” , etc. (Can you send out junk like that and feel okay about it? If so, please stop reading now; I don’t need readers that badly.) These sorts of offers have been around for years, and that fact alone tells the saddest tale of all; they must be working.
How can people be so gullible? Have we become so desperate or lazy or greedy that claims like these are actually plausible?