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My Brilliance Is Everywhere


I'm very smart. I'm in the news, I'm on TV, in print, I'm written about constantly in blogs and I'm very very famous. Every day people try to be me and some are very successful at it. I have many many copy cats who one-up me daily. Its not easy being me, but its lots of fun.

I don’t have a job. I’m essentially unemployed. However I do have a career. And it involves figuring out ways to get others to pay me. Every day I perform tasks to bring eye balls to what I’m offering, selling or trying to get. What is this vocation? Who am I?

I'm a Scammer.

I work all over the world, I travel and meet interesting people. I like what I do, every day is a new and exciting opportunity.

There’s a sucker born every minute. Today I’m looking for you. And I’ll find you.

All day, every day my one goal is to get you to part with your hard earned dollars and here is ONE DAYs worth of reports of my activities:

Scammers Hawk Man’s House On Craigslist

Man who owns a rental home in Dennisport found scammers offering up his home for rental on the Web site …

Online Scammers Creating Fake Local News to Attract Your Clicks …

Transferring money for someone else
If you agree to take part, the scammer could use your account details to clean out your savings.

Great way to steal an identity. But there are ways to protect yourself.

Scammers customize news to deliver you malware
The scammers are using IP address geolocation techniques to figure out what city the recipient lives in and are localizing the fake bomb news to that …

Scammers using Twitter To Get Your Information
The SC Department of Consumer Affairs is warning twitter users to be on the lookout for scams, particularly phishing scams.

Scammers target animal lovers in classified ads
This time, the scammers lure in their victims with the offer of cute pets to tug at their heartstrings. “A lot of them get placed online,”

Officials say scammers taking advantage of people seeking jobs in …
State officials are warning about scams affecting those seeking jobs during the current economic downturn. State officials are warning about scams …

Stimulus Money Scammers Target Families
As soon as the government’s big stimulus package was approved, scammers got on the internet and started trying to get their hands on the money. …

Art Dealers Accused of Rigging Appraisal
He was the consummate con man. He created this image that he had a huge collection of wonderful paintings. The impression given, and taken, was that he was …

Scams abound, costing locals tens of thousands The …
The victim is approached by the con man holding a wallet or bag containing cash. The con man shows the money to the victim and asks if it belongs to her, a way of breaking the ice to set up the scam…

More than 1000 women conned by rogue marriage agency
ONE woman was conned into offering her life savings, while another was duped into sleeping with a man by a rogue marriage agency specializing in foreign …

Lightning rod scam zaps local elderly couple
Officials fear the lightning rod installer may be scamming other elderly couples so they’re urging

Residents Effected By Scammers Washing Checks
“They take that check thats made out to CPL has your signature on … they wash off the amount and the to thats where it becomes check washing. …

I worked hard today. Its a hard way to make an easy living. But it was fun and always funny to see you get all bent out of shape when I read about you in the news. Tomorrow is another day, and another scam.

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Speaker discussing Scams Here



Comments: (3)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 18 March, 2009, 17:12Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

...and I guess that there are too many people now who make their living out of this, partly because it's difficult to catch them and partly because the penalties are not that great when they do.

Personally, if I had my way, any we did catch would suffer so much that many of those perpetrating scams today would think a bit harder before they continued.  Yes, I know that it wouldn't solve the problem fully but at least we'd all get the satisfaction of getting our own back on the odd one or two...

We in the UK are too soft on crime, too soft on the causes of crime, to bastardise a famous promise from the Labour Party election campaign of 1997 (on which, by the way, they have done the exact opposite).

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 19 March, 2009, 11:13Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I know, why don't we just have a world where anyone can (pretend to) be who (or what) they want to be. Why not also just give our money to some guys and they give us a number and then anyone who wants to pretend to be us can steal our money if they have that number, and make us give out so many personal details it's easier for the scammers to play us.

And while we're at it why not have no accountability from top to bottom. That way it'll all be much better.

Oh sorry, We are already trying that.

Could it be the problem perhaps?

Sort of like piling up gems (or lollies - whatever gets you going, naked wenches perhaps) behind a flimsy fence and then bragging about how you have your very own pile at home. Human nature being what it is, of course someone is going to steal the gems, especially if you make it child's play at a distance and ensure there is no (<.001%) accountability.

Talking won't fix it - but it does at least get some of us thinking about how it could be done.

Robert Siciliano
Robert Siciliano - - Boston 19 March, 2009, 12:53Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

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