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2012-06-22 09:27:15 AM
If you type the word "gullible" into Google, the first entry will be a Nigerian scam.
 
2012-06-22 09:47:38 AM
Well, that seems reasonable. Of course, Farkers are too smart to ever fall for such scam. You all know it's much more fun to scam the scammers, I'm sure.

For the low price of $50, I'll be happy to teach you how to do so. Of course, to prove you are not in league with the scammers, I will need a high resolution scan of your passport and one other state issued ID, your mother's maiden name, and your social security number.
 
2012-06-22 09:57:51 AM

mamoru: For the low price of $50, I'll be happy to teach you how to do so. Of course, to prove you are not in league with the scammers, I will need a high resolution scan of your passport and one other state issued ID, your mother's maiden name, and your social security number.


$50 seems good to me. If you need my credit card number, it's 3451-1008-4555-0138, and the CV number is 921. Hurry up, because it expires in September.
 
2012-06-22 10:01:02 AM
Find out how to scam people with this one little trick.
 
2012-06-22 10:01:30 AM

Baron Harkonnen: mamoru: For the low price of $50, I'll be happy to teach you how to do so. Of course, to prove you are not in league with the scammers, I will need a high resolution scan of your passport and one other state issued ID, your mother's maiden name, and your social security number.

$50 seems good to me. If you need my credit card number, it's 3451-1008-4555-0138, and the CV number is 921. Hurry up, because it expires in September.


Good thing the Fark filter puts only ****-****-****-**** in when you type in your credit card number - otherwise you'd be in serious trouble, mister!
 
2012-06-22 10:04:17 AM
Then there are days I wonder why I keep coming back here.
 
2012-06-22 10:04:21 AM

Mytch: Find out how to scam people with this one little trick.


Man, that ad was the single biggest reason I love flash/ad block.
 
2012-06-22 10:10:49 AM
narwhaler.com
 
2012-06-22 10:14:10 AM
I thought for sure this would be about the FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: emails about Michelle Obama's $400 lobster snack.

leaving disappointed.
 
2012-06-22 10:39:39 AM
I remember the first Nigerian scam email I got years and years ago before the phenomena was named and publicized.

The whole thing sounded rather dodgy though it was also rather flattering in that it implied I was an astute business man who was familiar with arranging large international money transfers.

My main reaction at that time was of the various places and groups where my real email could be found what gave the Nigerian the impression that I would be a good partner in the endeavor? I didn't question whether the "fortune" existed though if I had thought harder about it or discussed it with friends I well may have.
 
2012-06-22 10:39:55 AM
the-rush-movie-trivia.ugo.com

Who's the more foolish? The 'fool', or the fool who follows him?
 
2012-06-22 10:42:41 AM
By the way, anyone wanting to read the research paper can find it here.
 
2012-06-22 10:48:28 AM
FTFA: It won't be pursued by anyone who consults sensible family or friends,...

Yeah, about that. I've seen first hand family who still reply these emails AFTER they asked my opinion and I told them not to.
 
Ant
2012-06-22 10:51:33 AM

Railbird3: Good thing the Fark filter puts only ****-****-****-**** in when you type in your credit card number - otherwise you'd be in serious trouble, mister!


It only does that if the CC number is valid. Like this ****-****-****-****. Fake CC numbers show up as numbers.

Pretty cool, eh?
 
2012-06-22 11:07:01 AM
That's sounds kinda reasonable.
Then again, if you look at the stupid shiat scam baiters make them do, some of the scammers must give their victims a run for their money where stupidity is concerned.
 
2012-06-22 11:08:08 AM
Did you know if you type your password into a Fark comment it comes out in asterix's? Try it! Mine is ***********
 
2012-06-22 11:13:12 AM

Periodic Disorder: Did you know if you type your password into a Fark comment it comes out in asterix's? Try it! Mine is ***********


***********

But I might use that word in a sentence. I wouldn't trust your mother if she shoved a *********** up my ass.

If that showed up as asterisks, it must be user-specific. If another person types *********** it probably shows up as a proper word (unless it's their password too).
 
2012-06-22 11:35:32 AM

Ant: Railbird3: Good thing the Fark filter puts only ****-****-****-**** in when you type in your credit card number - otherwise you'd be in serious trouble, mister!

It only does that if the CC number is valid. Like this ****-****-****-****. Fake CC numbers show up as numbers.

Pretty cool, eh?


Whoah... I don't even have to subscribe to Total Fark and register my credit card numbers to take advantage of this feature? And they say being a liter has no advantages....
 
2012-06-22 12:04:49 PM
Funny. I read somewhere that con men actually prefer intelligent people because they tend to be overconfident and over-imaginative. Con men fool people by exploiting the irrational thought processes that all humans share.

I guess "smart" and "stupid" are really complex, hard-to-define words. "Stupid" can mean any sort of mistake in human thinking, not just being bad at maths.
 
2012-06-22 01:06:08 PM

Jackpot777: But I might use that word in a sentence. I wouldn't trust your mother if she shoved a flagpole up my ass.

If that showed up as asterisks, it must be user-specific. If another person types flagpole it probably shows up as a proper word (unless it's their password too).


***********

My password is scrambled so not likley to show up by accident, though.
 
2012-06-22 01:26:18 PM

bifford: I read somewhere that con men actually prefer intelligent people because they tend to be overconfident and over-imaginative. Con men fool people by exploiting the irrational thought processes that all humans share. I guess "smart" and "stupid" are really complex, hard-to-define words.


Well as anyone who's played D&D can tell you, Intelligence =/= Wisdom.

However, if we're going to gauge overconfidence, the intelligent have nothing on the stupid. The smart people I know are reasonably quick to concede when they don't know something. It's the uneducated, anti-intellectual derptards that stubbornly pound their fists and make a spectacle of themselves. It's called illusory superiority, and it's rampant in America today. I have no idea if that makes them more or less susceptible to scams, though.
 
2012-06-22 01:41:20 PM
SnarfVader:

If you type the word "gullible" into Google, the first entry will be a Nigerian scam.


Actually that isn't true since Google has no results for that word.
 
2012-06-22 03:22:37 PM
You'll have to wait a few minutes. I'm waiting on hold for the live agent like the recording told me to 5 minutes ago to find out what they want
 
2012-06-22 04:54:43 PM
Dear Farkers,

I am a Martian astronomer and I've noticed that your atmosphere is actually getting cooler while your media, government and scienticians keep yapping about it getting warmer. They are clearly working the old "global warming scam" that destroyed the atmosphere of Mars several billion years ago, leaving us a cold, dry, nearly life less planet with a flimsy atmosphere that's 98% carbon dioxide but too thin to support life above ground.

I don't have any of your Earth money to fight this terrible scam, but if you send me all your banking, credit card and debit card information, I can have the Mars Bank exchange Martian credits to the tune of $1,000,000,000 (yes, that' s one BILLION Earth dollars) and have it wired to you via Sub-Ether-Web so you can use the money to protect your fragile oil, coal and gas companies (not to mention your Sovereign Wealth Funds) from this dangerous and evil scheme to impoverish everybody on Earth.

I'll sent the billion dollars just as soon as I have complete financial information including passwords to your electronic accounts such as Paypal, Amazon.com, etc.

We don't use paper or gold money here on Mars so we're really stupid when it comes to banking. We pay for everything on credit, which is why it's easy for me to get $1 billion without ever having to pay anybody back.

Please send financial information to Brantgoose care of Fark.com.
 
2012-06-22 05:08:21 PM
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man ... is one of my favourite W.C. Fields movies. But many con artists depend on the dishonesty of their marks to shut down their brain and to keep them from squaking after they have been plucked.

Sadly, even though con-artists often target the stupid greedy, they can have a major impact on the health, safety and livelihoods of many honest people.

In Going Postal, Sir Terry Pratchett tells the tale of a con-artist who is post-humously reformed (recruited as Post Master by Lord Vetenari after being hanged within an inch of his life) only to realize that his cons were responsible for much human misery and even the deaths of the father and brother of the tough but gold-hearted girl he falls for.

As the Golem, Mr. Pump, explains, when you rob people of money you are not committing a victimless crime--for each sum of money you steal a certain number of people will die because of lost jobs, ruined families, sickness, being turned out to beg, being forced into prostitution, etc. Each dollar stolen represents 0.0000 ... something deaths. It is rare for the con-man to be able to put his finger on the consequences of his crime, but the consequences are assuredly real and disastrous for somebody.

We can laugh at fraud, but fraud is no laughing matter in the real world, and it's a shame we can't educate some people no matter how you try.
 
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