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An e-scam

2015-09-30 07:11

Three e-mails appeared from people who said that their correspondence must remain a secret. Interestingly, all three were apparently from notable people who had written because, from the far side of the world, they had learned of my honesty and integrity!

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The three letters were remarkably similar in content. Each writer begged for secrecy.  Each writer asked if he or she might temporarily deposit millions of dollars into my bank account until such time as the money could be safely removed.  In fact one letter even asked if he might be allowed to put diamonds into my bank account. I would be well rewarded for my cooperation.

Had I agreed to the requests and supplied personal details as instructed, the sender would have replied that a slight hitch had developed. In order for the transaction to take effect, I must first pay a few thousand dollars into a different – and specified - account. In theory, within the next few days, I would receive more money than I have ever seen in my life.  In practice, each e-mail was a lie. There never were the huge sums of money mentioned in the e-mails.  The letters were designed to fool people into thinking they had a foolproof way of becoming rich quickly without having to work for the money.

There is a saying that “a fool and his money are soon parted”. Some people have been tricked by scam e-mails, believing the writers, simply because they used influential names. Some have paid their life savings into the bank accounts of the thieves and have thereby lost everything.

Real wealth does not lie in money or in power.  Real wealth is having people to love and in being loved. Real wealth is being loved for who I am.

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