Another very stupid person

February 12th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A 68-year-old man duped into smuggling 1.5kg of meth into the country believed he was actually collecting $8.5 million in cash.

The Auckland man lost tens of thousands of dollars to Nigerian scammers over a number of years in an online fraud and flew to Papua New Guinea in November to receive $8.5 million as a reward. The cash never arrived but he was again promised a large payment if he carried a laptop back to New Zealand.

Instead, he was tricked into taking luggage on his flight back to Auckland with 1.5kg of methamphetamine hidden inside.

So sad and so stupid.

If they scam you once, why would you then trust them again – let alone fly to PNG on the promise of $8.5 million. And then actually agree to carry a suitcase back for them to NZ. I’m not sure you can actually be that gullible, can you?

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29 Responses to “Another very stupid person”

  1. alex Masterley (1,491 comments) says:

    Sadly yes.
    The son of a client flew all the way to Madrid to meet some nice Nigerians on the promise of some money, and then there was the Parnell businessman and the former Rotorua Lawyer who all spent their and other peoples money in the pursuit of these imaginary funds.

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  2. Nigel Kearney (864 comments) says:

    Yes, plenty of people are that gullible. Probably an NZ First voter.

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  3. Manolo (13,386 comments) says:

    Darwinism fails at times. That old bugger should not be drawing oxygen anymore.

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  4. Redbaiter (7,640 comments) says:

    There are more stupid people about than you think. For example, many NZers vote National thinking it might bring them relief from Marxism, Progressivism and socialism.

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  5. peterwn (3,164 comments) says:

    DPF – “I’m not sure you can actually be that gullible, can you?” – Wanna bet? There was even a gullible lawyer who fell for this – he arranged $250,000 finance for a Nigerian deal with a $50,000 kickback if it worked.

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  6. tvb (4,210 comments) says:

    Nigerian deals have been around for more than 20 years. They have had lots of publicity. If anyone falls for them then they are stupid beyond belief. Any any profession person such as a lawyer should be suspended from practice for being to stupid to give legal advice on anything.

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  7. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    And of course, the tactful thing to do, when you observe someone’s personal downfall through an act of extreme gullibility and stupidity, is to trumpet their gullibility and stupidity as loudly as you can from your minaret, right?

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  8. Simon (686 comments) says:

    It has somewhat backfired on the scammers as drugs have been seized and nine (?) others Nigerians here in NZ have been scooped up.

    “At the supposed handover, the 68-year-old refused to relinquish the luggage because the contact did not use the correct coded phrase.

    His contact in Nigeria called him to reassure Miranda to hand the bags over.”

    Well played. Dealt to them. I hope if convicted he gets a suspended sentence.

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  9. Tautaioleua (282 comments) says:

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably aint. If someone was going to give you millions of dollars, why would they ask for a couple of hundred beforehand in order to “release” the funds? does that make any sense at all?

    A millionaire in need of a few hundred dollars to “release” his millions? a lot of it requires a slice of common sense. Sadly, it appears to be missing in some people.

    :-)

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  10. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    Police said the leaders of the alleged drug ring were Nigerian expatriates based in Auckland and Woodville, near Palmerston North.

    Living the high life of international drug trafficking… Monte Carlo – Beverly Hills – Woodville :-)

    Miranda was released on bail until April for a case review. Outside court he attempted to evade the Herald and was ushered back into the building and out a rear door by court security.

    His co-accused have elected to go to a jury trial later in the year.

    Good. The guy is a victim of criminals, more than he is a criminal himself. IMHO.

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  11. big bruv (13,314 comments) says:

    What’s the bet that this idiot votes Labour or Greens, thinks global warming is man made and also is of the opinion that David Bain is innocent.

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  12. lolitasbrother (486 comments) says:

    people are ordinary Farrar

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  13. secondcumming (90 comments) says:

    (…..the 68 year old refused to relinquish the luggage because the contact did not use the correct coded phrase.)

    “There will be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover, tomorrow, just you wait and see”

    No wonder – fucking hard for a dopey Nigerian expat domiciled in Woodville to remember in the first place!

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  14. s.russell (1,564 comments) says:

    My guess is that once someone gets sucked into something like this they go on with it simply to avoid admitting to themselves how stupid they have been. It becomes a desperate effort to prove they were smart when they know deep down they’ve been an idiot.

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  15. KiwiGreg (3,178 comments) says:

    so we let 9 Nigerian drug smugglers come and live in the country?

    Great that we have such strict border controls.

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  16. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Here is a very silly lawyer, you might call him a gullible doofus.
    Then again you might call him a greedy idiot.

    Conned out of $1.6 million by two scams he calls on the Government to prevent people
    being as stupid and greedy as he was by restricting the ammount of money people can remit overseas.

    (yep people, this is true, that was the solution that this idiot suggested.)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10119174

    This lawyer had his name suppressed, he might be your lawyer.

    One question though is, being as naive and gullible as he is, how did he manage to cobble
    together $1.6 mill in the first place ?

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  17. Manolo (13,386 comments) says:

    Welcome back, RB.
    P.G. was missing you terribly.

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  18. Reid (15,955 comments) says:

    “At the supposed handover, the 68-year-old refused to relinquish the luggage because the contact did not use the correct coded phrase. His contact in Nigeria called him to reassure Miranda to hand the bags over.”

    These are bags he is supposed to have been given simply to carry his “gifts” in and he obviously had a scheduled rendezvous to hand them over once he gets back to NZ, yet apparently at no time does this cause him the least suspicion that something funny might be going on.

    I hope he has a really really good lawyer…

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  19. RRM (9,471 comments) says:

    Welcome back, RB.

    It was always just a matter of time before he came crawling back.

    He needs us.

    We validate his existence.

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  20. Rex Widerstrom (5,274 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg points out:

    so we let 9 Nigerian drug smugglers come and live in the country

    Oh, but according to the NZIER (and approvingly noted here the other day) they raise our GDP by a whole $400 or so. So money well spent, then. When do we get some more in, so we can afford a second hand Daihatsu on time share?

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  21. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    RRM (8,652 comments) says:
    February 12th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Good. The guy is a victim of criminals, more than he is a criminal himself. IMHO.

    Really? I’d remove all such counterproductive and ineffective laws but his story does not appear credible to me.

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  22. edhunter (498 comments) says:

    Stupidity isn’t an excuse, if we let this mule off what’s stopping the next mule using the stupidity rule? Oh I’m sooo sorry I stupidly became addicted to crack, then stupidly lost all my money supporting my habit & then trying to get some of the money back stupidly started dealing, when then didn’t work I stupidly agreed to carry a bag across international borders I didn’t ‘know’ there were drugs in the bag & trusted the people who gave me the bag not to do me wrong stupid stupid me.

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  23. gump (1,488 comments) says:

    @Redbaiter

    It seems oddly poetic that you’d reappear in a discussion about exceptionally stupid people.

    I look forward to you throwing your toys out of the cot and storming off again.

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  24. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Hilarious. Had another hissy fit but just can’t stay away. All the fortitude and self-control of a wet rag.

    How’s it hangin’ redtweeter?

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  25. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Nigel Kearney

    My first thought was that it might be Peter Dunne. But he’s older than 68 isn’t he?

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  26. Manolo (13,386 comments) says:

    The whore is 58 but went gray after his relentless pursue of Dulcinea Vance. So, it could be him. :-)

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  27. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    edhunter (354 comments) says:
    February 12th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Stupidity isn’t an excuse, if we let this mule off what’s stopping the next mule using the stupidity rule? Oh I’m sooo sorry I stupidly became addicted to crack, then stupidly lost all my money supporting my habit & then trying to get some of the money back stupidly started dealing, when then didn’t work I stupidly agreed to carry a bag across international borders I didn’t ‘know’ there were drugs in the bag & trusted the people who gave me the bag not to do me wrong stupid stupid me.

    Stupidity isn’t an excuse, I presume the excuse is lack of knowledge or intent. But that doesn’t seem credible in what’s reported.

    But really.. who are the stupid ones? The opportunists who gamble with their freedom for the sake of a big payout? Sure, seems pretty stupid to me. But while the risk is irrational, rewards are obtained IF they aren’t caught. So they at least have the possibility of achieving what they set out to achieve.

    But the greater degree of stupidity is exercised by those who believe that by catching such risk takers that they somehow “stop the next mule”. Seizures at the border are often reported to be greater than ever. According to this logic we would then expect to see a consequent decline in availability of these drugs. Except we don’t and if we do it is very short-lived.

    The reason is obvious. If we assume that a bust is successful in reducing the supply relative to demand then the price goes up. When the price goes up you increase the incentive to supply. The very act of busting people is what creates an inflated black market price which is the very thing that encourages them to do it in the first place. Indeed people do it in countries where they are threatened with execution. Yet people still do it. You really think a few years in a NZ prison is going to “stop the next mule”?

    But alas, let the stupidity continue: stupid people risking their lives and a stupid electorate that thinks they can do something to stop it.

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  28. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg (3,071 comments) says:
    February 12th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    so we let 9 Nigerian drug smugglers come and live in the country?

    Great that we have such strict border controls.

    Presumably they didn’t tick the box that asks “are you smuggling drugs into this country?”.

    I would say the fact they have been arrested would in fact testify to the efforts that goes into controlling what comes across our borders.

    Don’t blame the people enforcing border controls. They are doing their best with impractical expectations that the public places on them.

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  29. edhunter (498 comments) says:

    I don’t disagree with you Weihana, but if you’re going to have a law stupidity shouldn’t be a defence & the law should be applied equally across the board regardless of age, race, rich or poor.
    The fact that our drug laws are draconian & not worth the paper they’re written on is a debate for another thread.

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