Oh dear

August 14th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A Dunedin woman has been left $2500 out of pocket after a man she met online took advantage of her by telling her what she “wanted to hear”.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said a man from America added her on Facebook and started messaging her.

“He was saying things like he needed a friend.

Most days I get someone I don’t know messaging me on Facebook. I block them and report them as spam unless it is an obviously genuine contact. Those that start with “Hello” tend not to be.

Within a day he started saying he loved me and could see a future with me,” she said.

Oh dear.

That carried on for two weeks before he told her he had sent her a parcel with valuable gifts in it, and gave her the track and trace number.

She then received emails from a courier company in Malaysia asking for $2500 in tax.

She got out a loan and paid the $2500

No, no, no.

before the courier company emailed again saying she would have to pay $15,000 for insurance – so she called the man who told her there was $600,000, a diamond ring, a watch, some jewellery and an iPhone 6.

Yes, total strangers often send $600,000 of presents to someone after chatting to them online for two weeks.

“He said ‘please, please, please’ and I’m the type of person who will do anything for anyone so I went to the bank to get another loan. That’s when the lady there said I think we’re being scammed, I think we need to go and see the police.”

Good bank lady.

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?


October 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

An Australian muay thai boxing trainer has been barred from his flight home from Singapore after posting a threat on Facebook to hijack and crash the plane.

Queenslander Wayne Avison paid a high price for venting his spleen on social media last month after his flight from Singapore to Bangkok was delayed five hours, causing him to miss a connecting flight to Australia.

Mr Avison complained on his Facebook page on September 25 that the missed flight had left him stranded in Singapore, adding that the airline Scoot had not offered him a night’s accommodation either.

His son replied a short time later: “Well that sucks. Make sure you file a complaint when u get back”.

Mr Avison responded: “I’m going to high-jack the plane on the return flight and crash it … that’ll fix the f…ers”.

The airline, Singapore-based Scoot, cancelled his flight in response, citing concern for the safety of its passengers.

Mr Avison later posted online what he said was the airline’s explanation for barring him: “You have exhibited threatening behaviour thereby posing a serious safety threat to our passengers and cabin crew. We cannot risk such behaviour, as that would be irreconcilable with the airline’s overriding duty to ensuring safety and security of its passengers and crew.”

But Mr Avison posted in reply that the threat was “an obvious joke”, claiming that Scoot had in fact cancelled his flight because of his many complaints about the airline’s poor standard of service.

“I’m Australian and live in Australia, a democratic society, which gives me the right to think, say and write whatever I bloody want!” he wrote. He has not yet deleted the comment about hijacking the plane from his Facebook page, which is publicly viewable.

What an idiot. You do have the right to say and write what you want – but there are consequences.

This case is different to the UK one where a man was prosecuted criminally for a tweet about blowing the airport up, after a cancelled flight meant he didn’t get to see his girlfriend. There the airport did not discover the tweet until a week later, and it was obviously not a threat.

But to write online that you plan to hijack and crash the flight you are waiting to catch – well don’t complain when you don’t get to board.

A new level of stupidity

August 29th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

NZ Herald reports:

A man who threw his motorcycle into the sea and then claimed insurance had announced his intentions the day before on Facebook, a court heard yesterday.

Good God, how stupid can you be. Why not just stick up posters also.

Is this the stupidest woman in New Zealand?

June 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am by David Farrar

Is this the stupidest woman in New Zealand?

She agreed to tell her story to stop other lonely Kiwis falling victim and said her nightmare began when she created a profile on match.com on March 12.

Soon after she received a message from a man claiming to be an orphan widower with no family. He replied: “I want to develop a friendship that will hopefully turn into something meaningful and lasting.”

For two weeks he phoned her up to three times a day, chatted online and quickly told her he loved her.

The man said he was an American-born geologist who lived in New Zealand but was overseas on business.

“It was like a cloud of love, attention and affection that had engulfed me,” the woman said. “I left myself wide open, I was in love.”

So far so good. Nothing wrong with Internet dating or even falling in love.

On March 26, he told her he was bringing millions of dollars-worth of gemstones back to New Zealand but said the documents verifying them as genuine had been stolen.

He asked for $5000 to cover the cost of replacing the documents and the next day said he needed $7000 more.

At this stage warning bells should have not just been ringing, but very loudly. If someone you have never met wants $5,000 that should tell you what their motive is.

On March 30, he said he needed extra money to get home, and wanted to buy the woman a Gucci bag as a thank you. He sent a link for the bags so she could choose a colour.

Over the next two months he requested various amounts, the largest being $320,000 which he needed to get his passport back from Hong Kong Customs. He told her he had been pulled up on his way back to New Zealand and asked why he didn’t have paperwork for the gems.

I’m sorry but there is no excuse for anyone who does that. How can anyone think a passport retrieval costs $320,000 – let alone agree to send that amount of money to someone they never ever met. The scam wasn’t even a very clever one. I would expect most ten year olds to be more saavy with their money.

Her children are “devastated” and “angry” but police told her no crime had been committed “because I willingly gave the money”.

Sad, but true – it was not stolen – she gave it way. Mind you I would have thought there might be some fraud involved in his representations.

Senior Sergeant Dave Glossop said the woman is intelligent and it shows almost anyone can be sucked in. He said the amount was astounding and should be a big warning to others to be wary of cyber-predators.

I’m sorry but she is not intelligent. Or if she is, only in the most narrow academic definition. I mean she sent $680,000 to a man she hadnever met. Now sure I can understand someone being conned say $5,000 to fly their Internet lover over, but to just hand over $680,000 – mind staggering.

This isn’t actually a cyber-scam story. The cyber was incidential. It is just an old fashioned con.

You just can’t help the terminally stupid

June 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm by David Farrar

Some stupidities are so good, they need more publicity.

I blogged this morning on Obama’s huge US$1.8 trillion deficit.

Sonic then commented:

Those poor republicans, they have controlled congress and the presidency for most of the last 40 years yet somehow everything is still the Dems fault.

Now Sonic obviously did not do his homework. Anyone who knows much about US politics will know the Democrats controlled the House without a break from 1954 to the Republican Revolution of 1994.

I pointed out to Sonic:

Jesus mate do you ever get sick of showing how ignorant you are? I mean I guess it is why you don’t comment under your actual name. Since 1968, Democrats have controlled the Senate for 24 out of 40 years, and the House for 28 out fo 40 years

For those interested in details the Democrats controlled the House from 1968 to 1994, and 2006 to 2008. In the Senate they had control from 1968 to 1980, 1986 to 1994, some of 2000 – 2002, and from 2006- 2008.

Sonic then responds:

What are you gibbering about David, presidents since 1969.

Richard Nixon (1969-1974) R

Gerald Ford (1974-1977) R

Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) D

Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) R

George Bush (1989-1993) R

Bill Clinton (1993-2001) D

George W. Bush (2001-2009) R

So in the last 40 years republicans have been president for all but 12 of them.

Now this is a new levelof stupidity. He does not know the difference between the Presidency and Congress. I never disupted the statement about Presidents.

Even the most ignorant students know the difference between the Presidency and Congress. But not Sonic it seems.