The goal was to separate people from their money.
n the past year, Americans have lost over $18 billion to fraud, identity theft and various scams. But how? We all know when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, why do people continue to fall for scams or fail to protect their personal data?
This story can be spun in dozens of ways. But one thing clearly emerges for me: Humans are vulnerable; we create our reality indirectly, using words and images, building on dreams. By our nature, our language permits the twinned characteristics of fiction and deception.
I understand why Lance Armstrong felt he needed to dope. I don't understand why he needed to lie (and tweet) with such conviction that I believed in him. I understand why Manti Te'o needed to build a great "brand." I don't understand why he needed a fake social media girlfriend to do it.
At first, Walmart didn't believe the family's story, but finally refunded the money and gave Akers an iPad for free. Akers
A man who claimed to be a private investigator looking into a scam that bilked an 86-year-old Tinley Park woman out of $8,000
From the snake-oil salesmen of the Old West to the grifters of the early 20th century, Rhonda Byrne of The Secret is the latest in a long history of American shakedown artists.