[QUOTE=jayhall3;2770741]He didn’t seem the least ashamed, but said “Hey, it’s a living. Where I live, even with an education, you need to do whatever you can to get by”
If I would have continued the conversation, he was prepared to show me how to install TeamViewer so he could take control of my computer. This is what happens when many intelligent folks in third world countries have access to the internet. They set up these “Social Engineering” scams. Even if less than 1% of those who respond to their calls fall for their scam, they can still make a nice living compared to other in their country.[/QUOTE]
Sure, none makes it out of here alive and so we do what we can to survive the best way that we can. If that includes scamming, so be it.
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular and voice opinions not acceptable to others. In our western world we can afford that whereas in other parts of the world we could not.
In the second and third world, the question is quite different though… Do I live tomorrow? The answer equally unflattering… Unless you’re smart, probably not.
In other words, we allow ourselves to become irritated because others try to survive by preying on us (even though, if the tables were turned, we would probably do the same ourselves).
The only thing that is working is to be cautious and not trust people like you noticing the scam before being hit.
With that being said, people are generally too trusting. One such story includes me on the first communication, taking over a computer and cleaning it of malware. I just helped of course, but I was rather shocked as I could have done just about anything without that particular user noticing (based on obvious lack of computer knowledge). Sadly, I think this group is subject to fall prey to such scams.
Finally, since I noticed, welcome to the forum jayhall3