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Deceived and deceived

  If someone asks me if I have been deceived, I will tell the truth: I don’t know. I have never invested in a Ponzi scheme, nor have I been scammed by an impossible three-card gambling-I know these. Of course, I have also been deceived, but whether these lies are considered mature scams is still open to question. But the point is that the best scams will not be discovered. We were deceived without knowing it, and we only blamed ourselves for bad luck, so we suffered in vain.
  Magicians usually don’t want to perform the same trick twice. Once they are no longer surprised, the audience will have spare time to pay attention to other things, and it will be easier to see through tricks. But the best technique can be repeated countless times. These techniques have been polished to be mellow and mature, and there are no flaws to follow.
  For scams, the same rules still apply. The most brilliant game of fraud will not be debunked. David Maurer, the author of the book “The Big Liar”, also told a story: a person became a famous telegraph scam (the liar lied that he could know the result a few seconds before the result of the game was announced, so that the punter could win the game. ) Victims. Years later, he saw the group of crooks in the street and ran towards them. The hearts of the scammers sank, thinking that he would definitely report them. The result is totally different. He ran to ask if they could let him make another bet. He was sure that he would come and go from time to time this time. The swindlers happily agreed.
  Bernie Madoff has been cheating on Wall Street for at least 20 years without being noticed. When the largest Ponzi scheme in American history went bankrupt, he was 70 years old. What if he died before he was caught? It is not difficult to imagine that as long as new investors continue to join in, the victim will not see through the scam.
  In June 2007, “Slate” magazine reporter Justin Peters planned to find a way to buy a low-cost ticket to Italy. He is very tight, but still wants to go abroad to rest for a few months. Then he came up with a good way. He intends to buy some miles from people who are interested in selling airline miles, and then use these miles to get discounts (miles can be exchanged for air tickets). He immediately searched the Internet to see if anyone was willing to sell miles. He was lucky and soon found a captain named Chris Hansen. The pilot has a large number of miles in his hands, which is being sold on the website. Peters quickly replied under his post-don’t let others take the lead. They talked on the phone. Captain Hansen sounded erudite, kind and friendly. “Our conversation convinced me that he was honest and reliable.” Peters later wrote. The two quickly reached a deal: $650, 100,000 miles, paid with PayPal. It’s that simple.
  However, PayPal rejected the transaction application. Peters thought, this is really strange. He emailed Hansen explaining the wrong situation, but the captain did not respond.
  Peters was anxious. His scheduled travel date is close at hand, but he still hasn’t bought a ticket. So he started searching again. He found Frank Polgar, another seller of miles for sale. Polgar quickly responded to his request, and he also attached a photo of his driver’s license to the letter. He proves that he is truly a person, and he is not a liar. After talking on the phone-it was a “very pleasant conversation”-the two started trading. Deposit 700 dollars in the green dot card, and the mileage is Peters’s. The green dot card is the favorite of scammers. It is a gift card that can be bought at any supermarket or convenience store in the United States. This card can be recharged, and anyone who knows the account can use the amount on the card. Transferring in this way can save the trouble of wire transfer.
  Four days have passed and the mileage has not yet been credited. Peters finally realized that he might have been fooled. But at this moment, Captain Hansen, who lost contact, appeared again. He explained that he had gone abroad and was unable to send and receive emails. But he still has the mileage for Peters. That’s right, of course Peters still needs it—especially after being ruthlessly defrauded. He confided his experience to Hansen, and Hansen deeply sympathized with it. There are crises on the Internet. To reassure Peters, Hansen also sent him a contract. He is honest and reliable, Peters has known for a long time.
  PayPal was still unavailable, and Peters wired the agreed-upon $650.
  At this point in the story, everyone except Peters knows what the outcome will be. Three days have passed and the mileage has not arrived yet. 4 days, 5 days, 6 days passed. No mileage, no mail. Peters was tricked by the same trick twice in a week. In this case, there is clear evidence that it was a scam: no mileage. But in situations involving probability, such as stock trading, betting on sports competitions, or financial investment, who can say that the victim is just out of luck?
  There is another motto among liars in the early 20th century: “Every minute, an idiot is born, and one person will fix them, one person will beat them.”
  There are always pits waiting for people to jump, and there are always people falling in In the pit.

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