Friday, 3 April 2015

You Can't Cure Stupid

There is a woman in the USA who is slowly bankrupting herself in order to send money to her Italian 'lover', whom she met on the Internet 18 months ago, when as she describes it 'An attractive person came on there and said "wow you look like you wouldn't hurt a fly". I said "wow this guy's really handsome, I can't believe he's talking to me!", and the pair have spoken for hours over the phone every day ever since.

'Sarah' on Dr Phil's TV Show

.... well we (and possibly millions looking at you), can't believe it either Sarah.

So far, twice divorced 'Sarah', which we assume is not her real name, has given her Internet lover, who uses the name 'Chris Olsen', vast sums of money. He has told her that he is from Milan, in Italy, but moved to the U.S. 18 years ago .... however, he now works in South Africa on business (although though like much of the story, its changed over time, and he’s also said he’s working in Nigeria and Benin).

Strangely, every time he has allegedly attempted to return home to the US to meet her, strange forces have intervened and each time, he gets arrested on 'false charges', most of which could only be sorted out by her transferring him vast sums of money. So far its totalled $1.4 million for hotel bills, calling cards, lawyers, an expired visa, stolen credit cards, and police bail .... and the claims keep coming, and last June, she even had to sell an apartment she owned, in order to wire him $550,000 'bail' money.

All this time he's promised to come over asap and pay her back all this money ..... these promises have come in several different accents, and voices, from 'Italian' to 'African'. She also doesn't think it odd that he has a Nordic surname, and Anglo first name, even though he is 'Italian'. Still despite these discrepancies, she is apparently '95 per cent certain’ that he’s the real deal. 'He sounded Italian now his accent's kind of changed I don't know if he's adapted to where he's at... in Benin.' But, she concludes: 'I still believe in love.'

And I still believe that you can't cure stupid and that's a fact .... 'Romance' scams are old enough to have their own websites, but that will never stop the chronically stupid or desperate from falling for them, and in fact, all the other email scams, from the 'African Prince with money to sneak out of the country', to the 'You have won the Spanish Lottery', they all survive because like the poor, the stupid or the greedy will always be with us.

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