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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

African scammers thrive on Aussie greed

The seven deadly sins are - wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.  As humans, they are all familiar emotions, but there is one Western Australian man who takes the cake for greed.

One would assume that when a person reaches the ripe old age of 70 and has amassed $700,000, he must have a few clues. Not so when it comes to greed, that's how much he spent to acquire a $26 million inheritance. 

The man, who wants to remain anonymous, rubbed his hands together with glee and readily believed what he was told in an email that turned up out of the blue - a little old lady, who wasn't related to him, and lives on the other side of the world, was going to leave him $26 million. Surely, he must have asked himself the question - why would she do that?

Police suggest that 23 fraud victims in Western Australia were scammed because they live isolated lives in remote country towns. Maybe they were too polite to suggest they were fleeced by crooks in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone because they saw dollar signs in front of their eyes and were guilty of that second deadly sin - greed.

Definition of greed:  The inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort.