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Wondering why I have deleted email address and phone number. Because, believe it or not, people call these numbers and send email to these accounts and lose their money - fast.
What happens? A nice guy or gal picks up phone at other end and starts pulling you into scam. At first they need a thousand dollars, perhaps, for postage or some small official fee. They are fast talkers who do this all of time - and of you do give in and give them money you don't have a chance. You are hooked and you are hooked bad.
They depend upon greed and prey on weak. You think, "wow, I can get a million dollars", and "well, it's a risk but I'm only going to risk that first thousand". Foolish person.
Once you've given them your thousand (the amount varies) they start to reel you in. They will call to tell you they need another $10,000, perhaps, for bribes to customs officials. You'll pay because you've already paid a thousand, and because it sounds like money is just about to be transferred into your bank account.
So you'll pay. Then you'll call and you'll have to give them another amount, bigger this time, and deliver it in person, perhaps. You'll do it - you've already spent a lot of money and you don't want to lose it. You'll deliver money and then be given a story - only to get another call.
This time you will be very suspicious, and you might be told they need to "wash" all of money. You want to see, they'll meet you and indeed, they will have a handful of black money. They'll use some solvent and like magic money is clean.
They will explain that money was hidden and got "dirty" and now they need perhaps $50,000 to clean it. Some people have paid as much as half a million dollars at this point. The stories are sometimes different, sometimes same, but you'll pay. Because now greed is mixed with fear and a little more greed - you've actually had money in your hands now.
How long does this go on? Until you won't or can't pay anymore. Then you just get thrown away. People disappear, calls aren't return, and if you do get hold of someone they deny knowing you or give you some excuse.
Report it to someone? Who? The FBI? Sure, they know all about this scam. Yes, they will take your data and add it to their database - but scam is not operated on United States soil and there is no one to catch - at least no one who can be found. There is also little or no evidence - it's very difficult to catch this kind of thief.
So what do you do?
Use your brain.
Don't under any conditions give money to scammers. How do you spot a scam? Simple. The offer is too good to be true. It's that simple. Get a million for doing nothing? Come on. Doesn't happen (unless you win lottery). Don't even respond. Just delete emails or throw away letters.
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