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Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2010.11.11 17:49:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Akita T on 11/11/2010 17:56:49

You end up paying millions of dollars to "extended" tech support...
Twisted Evil


This is so crazy I kind of rubbed my eyes in disbelief myself, but it was reported in too many other reputable places to dismiss as a joke.


"[...]
a computer repairman and his girlfriend in suburban New York, convinced the wealthy 58-year-old that he was the victim of an especially sophisticated piece of malware controlled by a devious group in Honduras, and that he and his family were also targeted for harm by a group pf Polish priests out to topple the U.S. government.
[...]
Davidson, convinced he and his family were in danger, agreed to pay Datalink not only for computer services to rid him of the harmful virus but to pay for protective services to guard him and his family. The costs, charged to Davidsonís American Express card on a monthly basis, eventually added up to $6 million. Authorities say the final cost of the scam could amount to $20 million.
[...]
The complex scam continued for six years before the two suspects, who claimed to be working with the CIA to thwart the Polish priests, were arrested as they prepared to leave on a trip to Iceland.
[...]"

Potential EVE scammers spotted LaughingRazzWink

SFX Bladerunner
Minmatar
Aperture Science inc.
Posted - 2010.11.11 18:01:00 - [2]
 

WOW... just wow.

It's sad to realize there are people around falling for such scams...
the more worrying thing however is that people like that guy and his girlfriend exist.

I mean seriously, wtf.

How can such people live with themselves?

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.11.11 18:16:00 - [3]
 

How much you wanna bet the perpetrators are EVE players getting ready to go to fanfest? Laughing

Culmen
Caldari
Culmenation
Posted - 2010.11.11 18:29:00 - [4]
 

I got to admit though.
That victim was dumb...


Sturmwolke
Posted - 2010.11.11 19:11:00 - [5]
 

The world is full of wonders such as this ..... Laughing

Feilamya
Pain Elemental
Posted - 2010.11.11 19:34:00 - [6]
 

It's just the tip of the iceberg.

These two scammers got caught, that's why there's a news story about them. Imagine all those people who pulled off something like this and got away with it...

Niccolado Starwalker
Gallente
Shadow Templars
Posted - 2010.11.11 19:35:00 - [7]
 


"The complex scam continued for six years before the two suspects, who claimed to be working with the CIA to thwart the Polish priests, were arrested as they prepared to leave on a trip to Iceland."

CCP employees? YARRRR!!


Cpt Placeholder
Posted - 2010.11.11 19:55:00 - [8]
 

That what happens when you have more money than brains.
The most absurd part is that he got caught because of a different case... after 6 years.

Wuz Wiz
Hedion University
Posted - 2010.11.11 20:36:00 - [9]
 

I'm willing to bet the U.S. government really does think Polish priests are a threat.

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2010.11.11 20:58:00 - [10]
 

This does not surprise me at all. Scams are all to common. Almost yearly there are at least two big ones that come to light just around central Virginia in the sums of millions.

I myself just recieved a ridiculous chain letter saying to send 3 dollars to each of the 5 addresses in the letter and then send out, in some fashion, the same letter replacing my the last name on the list with my own to continue to chain of cash into my own mailbox Rolling Eyes

Originally by: Wuz Wiz
I'm willing to bet the U.S. government really does think Polish priests are a threat.



Laughing


Slade

Sergeant Spot
Galactic Geographic BookMark Surveying Inc.
Posted - 2010.11.11 23:35:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Wuz Wiz
I'm willing to bet the U.S. government really does think Polish priests are a threat.


There are a variety of idiots that infest planet earth.

Some are the anti-religion kind, where belief in deadly Polish priests out to get YOU is a tame belief (I have no faith, but my contempt for anti-religious bigots is without limit...)

Others believe that the U.S. governement through its super secret ninja arm is brillant enough to do ANYTHING, no matter how outragous, yet at the same time FIRMLY believe it is alwsys too stupid to succeed (no doubt due to the heroic and pure efforts by utterly perfect people like those in wikileaks....)

and plenty of other types too. You clearly fall iunto group two.


moron.

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.11.11 23:47:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Niccolado Starwalker

"The complex scam continued for six years before the two suspects, who claimed to be working with the CIA to thwart the Polish priests, were arrested as they prepared to leave on a trip to Iceland."

CCP employees? YARRRR!!




Nah, prolly ex-goon members.

Wendat Huron
Stellar Solutions
Posted - 2010.11.12 00:27:00 - [13]
 

That is so well beyond stupid, I'm so embarrassed to even be the same species as them... can't wash off sapiens label... ugh

Zions Child
Caldari
The Resident Haunting
Posted - 2010.11.12 02:27:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Sergeant Spot
Originally by: Wuz Wiz
I'm willing to bet the U.S. government really does think Polish priests are a threat.


There are a variety of idiots that infest planet earth.

Some are the anti-religion kind, where belief in deadly Polish priests out to get YOU is a tame belief (I have no faith, but my contempt for anti-religious bigots is without limit...)

Others believe that the U.S. governement through its super secret ninja arm is brillant enough to do ANYTHING, no matter how outragous, yet at the same time FIRMLY believe it is alwsys too stupid to succeed (no doubt due to the heroic and pure efforts by utterly perfect people like those in wikileaks....)

and plenty of other types too. You clearly fall iunto group two.


moron.



Your ass. It seems to be talking. You should get that checked out.

OT: lulz were to be had, thank you Akita.

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2010.11.12 05:32:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Zions Child
lulz were to be had, thank you Akita

Now imagine the kind of lulz that could be had if they would only let people play EVE from prison... Twisted Evil

Khan Dok
Posted - 2010.11.12 21:31:00 - [16]
 

Edited by: Khan Dok on 12/11/2010 21:33:21
Originally by: SFX Bladerunner
WOW... just wow.

It's sad to realize there are people around falling for such scams...
the more worrying thing however is that people like that guy and his girlfriend exist.

I mean seriously, wtf.

How can such people live with themselves?


In order to continue existing they are forced to belittle their victim and keep themselves in contempt. It is basically the victims fault in their eyes, as he let them do it.

The bane of all scammers. Some would call it the righteous judgement of God, as in: I have hardened their hearts so they shall not turn around so I must heal them.

Pan Crastus
Anti-Metagaming League
Posted - 2010.11.12 22:27:00 - [17]
 

Sounds more like doing way too many drugs while knowing jack about computers...

Herzog Wolfhammer
Gallente
Sigma Special Tactics Group
Posted - 2010.11.13 07:40:00 - [18]
 

This is why voting does not work either....



...but also why no state can defeat people who can think.

ceaon
Posted - 2010.11.13 16:20:00 - [19]
 

this story is LOLVery HappyVery Happy

Toshiro GreyHawk
Posted - 2010.11.14 10:52:00 - [20]
 



And yet ... how many movies are there that portray con artists as lovable people?

Shiro Kotaki
Caldari
State War Academy
Posted - 2010.11.15 09:36:00 - [21]
 

Noo! Those guys were heroes! The american goverment is part of the conspiracy too! Now who's going to protect us from the Polish priests?!?!?!?! D:

STONED OPERATOR
Posted - 2010.11.15 23:45:00 - [22]
 

LINUX ...


 

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