Half a dozen messages in today’s spam filter read as follows:
PLEASE READ!!! Celebrate this season with joy and gladness in your heart, Do you know that you can hack any ATM machine? this is a Life Time transformation I have being hearing about this blank ATM card for a while and i never really paid any interest to it because of my doubts. Until now i discovered a hacking lady called Cindy. Am so happy I got mine from Cindy, My blank ATM card can withdraw $4,000 daily. I got it from Her last week and now I have $30,000 for free. The blank ATM withdraws money from any ATM machines and there is no name on it, it is not traceable and now i have money for business and enough money for me and my family to live on .I am really happy i met Cindy because i met two people before her and they took my money not knowing that they were scams. But am happy now. Cindy sent the card through DHL and i got it in two days. Get your own card from her now she is not like other scammer [emphasis added] pretending to have the ATM card,She is giving it out for free to help people even if it is illegal but it helps a lot and no one ever gets caught. im grateful to Cindy because she changed my story all of a sudden . The card works in all countries.
Note: All errors of capitalization, punctuation and spacing are the scammer’s, not mine. Soooo hard not to correct them, but authenticity matters.
Scammers are everywhere
According to a site called Predators and Parasites, this swindle works like other Nigerian scams:
You wire some money, and
You never get anything in return.
Obviously the idea is ridiculous. These cards let you steal other people’s money and no one ever gets caught? You’ll definitely receive this miraculous piece of plastic as soon as you part with some cash?
And for extra credit: If these cards let a person steal all the money s/he wants, why go to the trouble of selling them? Why not just withdraw $4,000 a day and retire happy?
Scammers aren’t stupid. They know that some people want to reap big rewards while putting forth zero effort. Sadly, they also know that people with cognitive issues due to brain injury or undiagnosed dementia will fall for anything.
I doubt anyone reading this site would fall for this ruse. However, you may have broke relatives or friends who are looking for a way out of their troubles and who believe that desperate times call for desperate measures.
So yeah, noise around this scheme with loud scorn about how dumb someone would have to be to believe such malarkey. If you have relatives with those cognitive issues, make sure someone’s keeping an eye on their finances. It’s said that a sucker is born every minute. A scam is, too.