Others are less so: one ingenious new trick capitalises on the green trend by asking investors to put their money into something called carbon credits. You get a call from someone posing as your bank or the police.They say you need to replace your debit or credit card because you’ve been targeted by fraudsters.
This genius, for example, actually manages to forget where ‘she’ is pretending to be, and asks me what time it is where I am!
Astonishingly, these online scam artists actually make money doing this, which can only mean there are people out there who are even dumber. Here, for your amusement is the transcript of my conversation with ‘Kimberly’ (I’ve tidied up the grammar and spelling a bit to make it readable). I’ve heard this routine does work on some people though…
or so many of you guys wouldn’t be pulling this scam all day every day.
Sad thing is, I even know a guy who fell for this one!!
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