I just read on the news that we Americans are conned out of $18 BILLION dollars a year.
The only person I have ever known to be conned was our neighbor in Charlotte years ago. That was before I was in the building business myself.
After seeing an add about home additions, she got to thinking about changing her attached Garage into a room, so she called the ad guy, she checked no references herself. There was no need to, he had pictures and glowing reports of ALL the work he had done. She bought it hook line and sinker.
She asked about advance payment, OH NO! I would never take something without first showing good faith myself. He said, “Once the first load of lumber and materials are delivered, you can pay 15% if you can.” The next day, 10 2x4’s a small load of sand and 4 bags of mortar mix were delivered. At the time that was less than $50 in material, he took her check for $8275. She never saw the man again until his day in court for doing this all over Charlotte.
(What we see!)
(What we get)
He had declared bankruptcy, and the judge ‘felt he had made an effort’ to complete the jobs, so charges were dismissed. There were many disappointed ‘honest folk’ in that court room. She was broken hearted, because of the loss of the finances, but most of all to learn someone could be this mean, and smile.
Facts throughout history:
a. there is no free lunch.
b. If a deal is too good to be true, it usually is.
c. Let the buyer beware.
d. Con-artists are always, “Such a nice guy/gal”. They are “Very Helpful”;They are sincere without being gushy or mushy. WHAT? YEP, they get your Confidence? Of course they do, they are Confidence Artists, they know how to smooth the butter without choking you.
Older folk are the most vulnerable. Many are ashamed to admit they were ‘gullible’ enough to be CONNED! That can’t happen to me!
Every time I say or write that statement I think of Richard, the bank president at First Community Bank, the time I sat at in front of his desk as he held a (big) bad check in his hands I had written.
“Richard, this doesn’t happen to me!”
“Evidently it does,” he said. “let’s fix you up with over draft protection ‘just in case’,” he smiled. My first and last accidental bad check because of MY MATH, my own con!
So be careful, they are out there, and they want your money, whether you have a lot or little. They will take it all and say, “What a sucker!”
Let me tell you something you may not know, “If you receive a lot of telemarketing calls, that means you are on a few ‘SUCKER LISTS’. You have given to a charity or bought something and that company or charity has sold your name. I know a telemarketer, and he has told me, he buys ‘suckerlists’.”
PS: (another one)
A woman phoned her blonde neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you and your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
To which the blonde man replied: "Well, the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday.
This is just a pretty painting.