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Old 29th May 2019, 17:56
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Can a whole social group rather than an individual be nominated?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-47675301

I remember watching this type of fraud on US TV and found it incredible that there was no legislation against this scam - scary that there are those so vulnerable that they would be conned by this ‘pastor’
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Old 1st Jun 2019, 18:38
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Should go in the 'Scammers' thread, not this one
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Old 1st Jun 2019, 23:03
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Wishful thinking

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Can a whole social group rather than an individual be nominated?


As per comment from TWT, this topic should probably be in the Scammers thread.
Or possibly, it deserves a thread of its own.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 08:11
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I think I see the Darwin connection, not the scammers but the audience.

Is this a uniquely US thing? In this form probably yes, but there are clearly other religions where the poor pour in money. The Catholic church in Malta is a case in point.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 08:31
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
I think I see the Darwin connection, not the scammers but the audience.

Is this a uniquely US thing? In this form probably yes, but there are clearly other religions where the poor pour in money. The Catholic church in Malta is a case in point.
Been quite a few years, but when I last had the misfortune of having to visit Lagos, was told the fast growing sector in the economy was the evangelical church. Was pointed towards several private jets residing in the swamp they call LOS, allegedly all owned by Nigerian "priests". So, yeah, there are gullible people willing to part with their money outside the US.

I believe the syndrom is called 'seed faith', as in, you give the church or pastor money and their chosen version of a sky fairy will ensure they are returned to you many times over. Wouldn't surprise if several people have given all they had, got nothing in return and decided to off themselves as a consequence, and thus may be eligible for a Darwin.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 09:06
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
I think I see the Darwin connection, not the scammers but the audience.

Is this a uniquely US thing? In this form probably yes, but there are clearly other religions where the poor pour in money. The Catholic church in Malta is a case in point.
You’re correct PN - it was the audience I wished to nominate. I hesitate to use the word ‘victims’ as they seemed to willingly give their money and as these pastors operate from a TV channel, viewers always have the option of just changing channels or switching off. None of them were personally confronted or individually coerced.

As I posted before, I still recall watching in appalled fascination as one of these TV evangelists suggested that people send him the ‘$1000 seed’ and that in 10 days, that money would have multiplied 10 fold - guaranteed apparently. I suppose the only difference is that those donating to the Catholic Church aren’t expecting any return - except maybe a place further up the queue to the pearly gates - whereas those contributing to the US version are being hooked in by exploiting the ‘get rich quick with no effort’ mentality. No excuse that the vulnerable are being duped - basic common sense should surely kick in?
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 11:08
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Seed is not the only way. I am told that many very poor save up for a year, go to Vegas, and blow the lot hoping for the big win. Probably a more realistic dream.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 15:17
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Seed is not the only way. I am told that many very poor save up for a year, go to Vegas, and blow the lot hoping for the big win. Probably a more realistic dream.
Certainly is....at least there is solid evidence that Vegas exists.
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 14:47
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Bang!

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Old 10th Jun 2019, 17:30
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He wasn't firing blanks then...
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 21:04
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So, that’s why it’s called banging...
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 22:15
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As Mae West said: "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just being friendly?"
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Old 10th Jun 2019, 22:15
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Isn't it called going out with a bang?
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Old 11th Jun 2019, 01:29
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He gave her the bullet; from the sound of it, possibly one up the spout.
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Old 12th Jun 2019, 18:20
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Sometimes it doesn’t pay to advertise.

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Old 17th Jun 2019, 11:59
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Old 18th Jun 2019, 05:52
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Russian poker star Lilya Novikova electrocuted in bath at home
Her poker fans knew her as Lia. Reports suggest she suffered a fatal electric shock while using a hair dryer in the flat, where she lived with her parents.
This kind of “accident “ still happens!?
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Old 18th Jun 2019, 06:27
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Novikova had an engineering degree from Moscow's prestigious Bauman University
I guess it wasn't in electrical engineering
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Shocking. Positively shocking.
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treadi........
that was awful.
I had to go and lie down.
Not in the bath.
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