FRAUD – IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE

FRAUD – IT NEVER STOPS


So this time, here is a list of posts about fraud. Fraud done to us, to parents. Fraud by people you thought you knew. It’s everywhere. What are they thinking when they steal a few thousand dollars from people who are barely scraping by? Do they care? Do they feel a twinge of bad karma?

I don’t think. That’s the conclusion I’ve reached:

ELDER FRAUD: THE LONG CON PLAYED ON MY MOM – BY ELLIN CURLEY

SCAMMED AGAIN — LEARNING THE HARD WAY

THE SOCIOPATHIC BUILDER – BY ELLIN CURLEY

GENEROSITY. MY FIRST MISTAKE.

There’s a lot more. Scams by banks and credit cards. Scams by politicians, bosses, and co-workers. Everyone seems to be trying to get “what they deserve” out of the system because they are all sure that the rest of us can afford to give them our money … however little we happen to have. Elder scam, medical scams, surgical scams. Scams that land people homeless and without a penny to live on.

That’s the world we are living in … and with the way things are going, it’s just going to get worse.

17 thoughts on “FRAUD – IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE

  1. Wow, one of the hardest lessons I had to learn was how to say NO. It;s not easy because you keep thinking that this time it will be different.., it’s not, and won’t be. There are close friends who’ve proven to be far more generous than I ever expected. Those friends have given me a gift I never thought I’d ever get again. They’ve allowed me to freely be generous with no suspicion of ulterior motive. I still maintain my sense of caution and ability to say “NO.” There are those with obvious need, but will not ask. To them, I will offer. Never to lend but to give.

    A humorous story: While exiting a freeway two homeless men, one white, the other Native American or Hispanic were soliciting at the stopped traffic after the exit. The Native man approached my car and said; “I can’t lie, I need a beer.” I immediately dug into my pocket. The other guy approached sheepishly and after I declined from making a contribution he said, “that guy has a better line than I do.” So, not being a heartless person I will admit that “NO” has its exceptions under the right conditions. This time it was honesty.

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  2. You definitely need to be ‘On your guard’ these days that’s for sure.

    One of the worst i have heard of – and it happened in my own city – was when a man was working overseas and some con artist sold his home while he was away! It was all done via email without due diligence by the local realtor and the guy has no legal recourse to recover his home!!! It is legally owned by the buyer, who had done nothing wrong, and the seller, who had no legal rights to the house or to sell it, has the money and is presumably out of the country and untraceable.

    His neighbours rang the man to tell him AFTER the sale and he rushed home to learn the sad truth but was fortunate that he was able to prevent an investment home he owned from being sold by the same scammer!!! The property had already had it’s locks changed by the potential buyers and had cleaners in to prepare for the new owners to move in but had not yet had final settlement. Another couple of weeks and the guy would have been homeless and down two homes and over a million dollars.

    He’s currently trying to get compensation from the estate agent who sold the property.

    The internet has made scamming much much easier as well as massively widening the market for their cons.

    love.

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