What a day eh, commercial free-loaders and now this in my inbox from a dirty skanky scammer … hopefully this it for today !
Är så ledsen att jag stör, jag är i Limassol, Cypern just nu och jag
felplacerad bara min påse med alla mina viktiga poster, telefon och
pengar vid busstationen. Jag är typ av strandsatta nu kan jag behöva
lite hjälp från dig.
from Jennie Wiklund <email@example.com>
Translated from Swedish
Am so sorry to bother you, I am in Limassol, Cyprus right now and I
just misplaced my bag with all my important items, telephone and
money at the bus station. I’m kind of stranded now i need
a little help from you.
Reminds me of when I first moved to London, many moons ago. I was walking down one of London’s main streets, Regent Street. A young woman approached me, a distressed expression on her face. She told me her purse had been stolen and needed £3 for a night bus to get home. For some reason I refused, but did feel very guilty about it, all the way walking home in fact. What if she had been genuine? What if it had been my sister who’s stuck without any money ?
But some things just didn’t add up. A night bus in London at the time I think was only £1.50, so why the request for £3 ?
Anyway a couple of days passed, and I happened to be walking up the same stretch of street. Who approaches me, but the SAME young woman. And guess what, same story, purse had been stolen and needed money for night bus to get home. What a RELIEF, my guilt completely lifted, I’d been feeling guilty over a nasty skanky scammer. DOH !
What I find most nauseating and abhorrent about these types of scams, is that they pull on some pretty compassionate heart strings. And the scammer just doesn’t care what damage they might cause in the future. I mean if someone genuinely needed my help, am I more or less likely to help them as a result of being treated like this ?
On the plus side, what did I learn ? Well be compassionate, but don’t be a fool, lady tears aren’t necessarily authentic lady tears.
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