Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Updating Some Old Scams
Well, actually, no.
And there's the rub. Our African friends need a bit of help tailoring their scam pitches to American audiences. So here's LG's attempt at extending an olive branch and helping to bring the world closer together one swindle at a time. After all, these budding Madoffs deserve their fair shot at the American Dream, even if they're not Americans.
LG suggests that his African brothers consider adapting these new scams, aimed at specific Stateside audiences, in order to score big.
Targeted Towards Women
Dear Ms. Smith,
I am a shoe store manager here in Sioux City [LG's Note: Most Americans have heard of "Sioux City" but nobody really knows where it is and certainly nobody lives near it. Just convincing enough to reel in the big fish!]
Our store owner has absconded [LG's Note: Use of ten-cent words will impress and fool average Americans who don't suspect foreign con men are this sophisticated; not you of course, you're an LG Report reader and therefor smart!] with all of our credit card receipts and cash and I've been left to face the creditors alone. These ruthless people are pounding on the door, even kicking it with their big, smelly size 12 shoes [LG's Note: Another realistic detail; only a real shoe clerk would note someone's shoe size.]
I was given your name by a nice man who says you were once generous to him and are an honorable person. I have hundreds of pairs of Manolo Blahniks here in the store. Like these:
I've been roasting these shoes over the heater and eating them for sustenance. If you would just send me your credit cards and all the cash that you can get a hold of ASAP, I would be happy to release all of these shoes to you. I'll even have them sent UPS for next day delivery. Oh, and please throw in your social security number and mother's maiden name for good measure. And any jewelry that you can spare. When these Manolo's arrive, you're going to be the envy of your town, girlfriend! You go girl!
Targeted Towards Working Professionals
Hello there hard-working professional. I know you enjoy your daily cup(s) of Starbucks. Well I'm a barrista who recently inherited a whole store full of Starbucks when our owner, childless and unmarried, died from a caffeine overdose. Nobody knows how this could've happened. Anyway, I have thousands of dollars in Starbucks gift cards, which would allow you to buy treats like these:
Thanks for your support of barristas everywhere!
Targeted Towards Men
Dear Scammers: If you decide to use any of these, please cut LG in for 10% of all profits. He'll send you his bank information so that you can deposit the money directly.