By Trudi Cunningham
About two weeks ago, I wrote about “scams” on the international scene and how gullible people are. Does anyone remember hearing about a person who claimed to have won a lottery, but didn’t have a positive bank I.D. to be able to cash in? That person conned a local citizen to take money out of a bank account with the expectation of receiving a portion of the supposed lottery winning. There was a “flim-flam” involved and the person lost the money when the envelope he received had just scraps of paper enclosed. So what else is new?
How about the person finally being arrested after talking people into bogus trips or vacation retreats? Now you have the issue with people being pulled into photographic deals with promises of modeling careers. This is one that surfaced at least 40 years ago with the same “pitch.” Believe me, it’s one I do remember very well as I had a granddaughter and had fallen for it for her sake. The other thing I do remember was that the pictures were good. When more money was requested, I backed off and it fell by the wayside. However many went for it, I cannot say.
There are any number of various offers of things, such as weight control, vitamins, etc. for a free trial; you only have to pay postage. I recently called for a face cream of some sort. The next comment was that I would be receiving an order for $69 to keep working with the product. This was all done by computer; if I wished to continue, I needed to say “yes” or “no.” You can bet your “bottom dollar” my definite answer was NO. You would not believe the persistence involved to try to convince me to say “yes,” and all I can say is “sayonara.”
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