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[2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:11 pm
by NeatNit
https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/scam

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I've heard of this years ago. I really can't remember where, but it was someone who knew a thing or two on the subject. The stupidity of scams is a low-pass filter for idiots, because idiots are the most likely to actually fall for whatever the next part of the scam is.

I've googled the title and it's from 2012, not 2019 as he cites: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/researc ... m-nigeria/

Re: [2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:27 pm
by Flexo_Rodriguez
I'm a little bit disappointed that today's comic isn't about space.
...because it totally could have been about space.

It won't be long now before the scammers start claiming they are Martian Princes, right?

Re: [2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:39 pm
by RyanW
Flexo_Rodriguez wrote:It won't be long now before the scammers start claiming they are Martian Princes, right?

"We will move seven ounces of gold from Mars (worth US$10,500) half of which will be provided to you upon transfer, but need fifteen million dollars up front to cover transportation costs..."

Totally unbelievable, as it isn't in all caps.

Re: [2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:27 pm
by ctray
The paper you cite is mostly a mathematical model, and might well be correct. But in reality we know more about
the Nigerian scammers' usual victims, that is beyond them merely being wealthy bumblefucks. So you've missed an
opportunity to make the comic much more realistic. Please add the logical and factual next panel! It would be
something like:

"Talk about what?"

"About old age... Mental decline. How hard it is to keep up world that's changed more in the last ten years than your previous 70 -
technological naivety. Dementia. An entire world full of people targeting, and evolving ever better methods, to exploit your fears,
sentimentality, the habits of trust you've build up over a lifetime in a simpler world, unfamiliarity with tech,
and lessening mental capacity."

"That sounds bad"

"But there's good news ... for whatever reason, conceivably because you've worked and saved your entire life, you've got a much
better chance of being wealthy than someone much younger and more technologically savvy. If you are lucky enough to be wealthy
while elderly, perhaps that compensates a bit for becoming a bumblefuck. A popular bumblefuck - people from all around the world
will care about you and send you letters once they hear about you!"

Re: [2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:32 pm
by RecoveringCatholic
RyanW wrote:
Flexo_Rodriguez wrote:It won't be long now before the scammers start claiming they are Martian Princes, right?

"We will move seven ounces of gold from Mars (worth US$10,500) half of which will be provided to you upon transfer, but need fifteen million dollars up front to cover transportation costs..."

Totally unbelievable, as it isn't in all caps.


Sincerely,

Elon Musk

Re: [2019-10-11] Scam

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:05 pm
by AlixeTiir
RecoveringCatholic wrote:
RyanW wrote:
Flexo_Rodriguez wrote:It won't be long now before the scammers start claiming they are Martian Princes, right?

"We will move seven ounces of gold from Mars (worth US$10,500) half of which will be provided to you upon transfer, but need fifteen million dollars up front to cover transportation costs..."

Totally unbelievable, as it isn't in all caps.


Sincerely,

Elon Musk

SPACEX Ceo/ooner and trillionar