|Posted: March 5, 2014, 12:15 pm - IP Logged|
When i first heard of these scams in the late 1990's/early 2000's, my intial response was quite similar to the views expressed on here. How could i win a lottery that i never entered in a country i never visited? Pretty basic assumption right?......Until i recently found out how highly sophisticated some of these scammers are. Some are pretty basic and stupid which no one should ever fall for, but there are some that blows the mind. For example, there is a part of these scams that involve overseas phone operators (we all know the major phone companies outsource most of these call centers). These phone operators have detailed info on Americans, expecially older folks and they call their land line phones and that's when and where it all starts. The mailers are most times not the initial contact, rather its the follow up to calls and baits set in motion days/weeks/months in advance.
Trust me, these scams get crazy!!! Not sure why the American media doesn't report more on this stuff. There is even a rather evil plot where the elderly who live alone have their phone jammed to where all outgoing calls are routed back to the scammers so 'grandma/grandpa' is constantly being bombarded and convinced to part take in some money exchange. I wish i had more time to get into the details here but these scams have yielded hundreds of millions since the 1990's. Mush of it isn't reported because the victims are embarrased and they ultimately know there is no way to retrieve their lost money. Pretty sad.
Yes, a lot of these victims are rather gullible if not greedy. But there are some that get into a scary trap that goes way beyond a piece of mail that arrived in the mail.