What’s sad is I have a relative (a few steps and marriages removed) who fell HARD for a version of this where the sender claimed to be a Christian trapped in an uncivilized, heathen country on trumped up ridiculous charges, and needed money for lawyers, extradition fees, and any other excuse for significant sums of money from a Good Christian willing to help out a Sister-in-Christ.
“Good Christian” was clearly the hot-button for my ego-driven relative to turn off her brain. She sent several thousand, and since it worked, they came back asking for more money, for different problems. She gave them 10s of thousands in total, including the lion’s share of her dead mother’s inheritance that was SUPPOSED to go to her severely disabled sister who eeks out an existence well below the poverty line, living entirely off disability benefits (which are being reduced even farther soon, when she reaches “retirement age”) at about 1/4th of Mrs. Good Christian’s” own income level.
The sickest part? We can’t seem to convince the stupid bitch that she’s been cheated by a hugely obvious scam, because that would mean admitting she’s really that stupid. She’s emotionally invested in the lie.
That sucks, Hinoron. Obviously Mrs. G.C. has never heard that “Charity begins at home.” Sue her on her sister’s behalf for embezzling the inheritance!
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