Stupid is as Stupid Does, Ctd

Some people should have their computers confiscated, they are simply too stupid to have them:

A Christchurch woman was conned out of almost $27,000 trying to get a fake Christmas present out of Malaysian customs.

The case follows that of a Christchurch woman who lost $23,000 in a similar scam last month.

Police say they are mostly powerless to deal with online frauds as the money is sent overseas and out of their jurisdiction.

The latest victim, a 38-year-old woman, said she was contacted by a man online last year before she handed over the cash.

She had exchanged emails, instant messages and occasional phone calls with the man she had met through Yahoo’s internet dating service last April.

“Last December, he told me that he was coming over from the UK, where he claimed to live,” said the woman, who did not want to be named.

“He also told me that he’d sent me a Christmas present. A few days after that, he told me that the present was being held by customs in Malaysia, pending payment of duty.”

She was told the package contained iPhones, iPads, lingerie, jewellery and a large sum of money.

The conman then claimed to be stuck working on an oil rig off the coast of Venezuela, and he asked her to take care of the customs problem.

“Over the following six to eight weeks, he managed to get almost $27,000 out of me and this ‘present’ never arrived.”

The woman said she was embarrassed.

An iPhone, iPad, some knickers and jewelry??? …she could have bought all of that with the amount she paid…and had a holiday in Malaysia.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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