By Trudi Cunningham
Last week, I received the A.A.R.P. bulletin in the mail. In most cases, I enjoy the articles and points of information. I’m not interested in well-known celebrities unless they can relate how they overcame adversity and bounced back to a normal lifestyle.
The July-August issue has a great article about “Your Money” in reference to a “Scam Alert” that I found really amusing. It always amazes me how shrewd and devious the people who dream these scams up are. Fortunately, the writer of this article was well aware of what was involved. The writer played right along, leading the scam artist on with supposedly true information. The scammer fell for whatever was offered with instructions how to proceed and get a portion of the reward.
This is something I can relate to, because similar letters were sent to the Elizabeth Reporter when it was still being printed. The person who wrote the article for the A.A.R.P. newsletter did carry on with a computer, and it must have been a “blast” to be able to fool the originator. It came to an end when certain information was requested in reference to a bank. It was not the one suggested, but a real Bank of America email. So guess what? The scammer was not heard from after that.
My final thought is that it’s unbelievable that people are so gullible to fall for these scams when they are constantly noted in newspapers and on television. Is it ignorance, or maybe need? Greed? Hang on to what you’ve got, as it is said, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”
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