I can almost buy that in the mid-90s even a sane, intelligent, tech savvy person would occasionally fall for a Nigerian email scam… but this?
Police are warning Cerritos residents of a scam that has taken two people so far:
Claiming to have found the purse in the street, the scammer says he is willing to split the money legally with the individual if they fork over cash to hire an attorney.
The victim will then give the scammer more than $1,000 in “good faith money,” believing the scammer is going to match that money and hire an attorney.
The scammer then disappears. [Long Beach Press-Telegram]
Is it really this easy to con someone? And who carries around $1,000 in good faith money?