Got this in my inbox yesterday…
I am an Ex Army man from India and finally retired from the Government service in April 2004. On hearing about your generosity of helping the needy people I put forth the following few lines with a view to enunciate my pathetic poverty. Due to constant medical treatment of my wife for epilepsy and diabetic I could not save anything in my service.
Ambition of my wife is to do my last rites in own house and so in a greedy anxiety I have joined and arranged down line members in the National Federation of the Blind and Manav Foundation said to be working for the backward community with a high hope of getting incentive while serving the needy people but they have cheated and drown into pauperism making loss of my entire pension benefits besides run into debit of more than $25000 in the process of coming out of the tragedy. As I have no source to repay the loan and my meager pension is not sufficient even to pay interest(24%) on the loan amount trembling with fear and now in the street for daily bread and needs. Down line members are agitating bitterly. Torture of down line members and mental agony debt burden some time thinking of suicide also.
I once again earnestly appeal to the enthusiastic benevolent Philanthropist to arrange generous help to come out of the debit trap and then serve the needy people for which I shall remain ever grateful. A line of reply is solicited.
What really makes me sad about this is that these stupid spammer/scammer emails must actually work. What people are honestly
stupid gullible enough to even think there is a sliver of truth in this email? It seems like just about anywhere you go now-a-days people are waiting to prey on unsuspecting victims.
Think about payday loan centers and pawn shops. Where do they tend to pop up? I’ll tell ya where, the lower-income neighborhoods. You know why, so they can scam the most desperate out of every dollar they have.
Sometimes for work I visit military installations. You wanna know what’s almost always within a few blocks of a military base? A car dealership (new or used). You know why? Because all the 18-year-old kids that just joined the military got a nice little sign-up bonus, and before they can wise up and learn how to manage their money, they get distracted by the shiny new car across the street.
And quite possibly the worst offenders of them all. Girl Scouts. Sure they’re all cute and adorable with their green skirts and pig tails, but DO NOT BE FOOLED! When you walk past them on your way in to the grocery store they are just a bunch of kids hanging around a table, but when you walk out, they turn on the puppy dog eyes and act so darn cute it’s near impossible to not buy 10 boxes of cookies. TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!! And to make matters worse, when you get home with your new haul, you discover the cookies only take up 50% of the packaging. You just got punkd by a 2nd grader…