Originally Posted by lnternet
Thanks for sharing revlis.
I've wired my rent to an emailed bank account. I didn't even google the account data to verify, so I was susceptible as well, in hind sight quite sloppy.
Always easy to say shouldve couldve later.
I've heard about some other advanced scams recently. This is becoming quite the big business. Incredibly hard to stop with anynomity and no international law enforcement.
My best advice is to search for everything. Google phone numbers before calling or accepting calls, google links before clicking them, google bank account numbers...
It is scary. There's an implication on the Travel thread made by a number of trolls but also a number of what I believe to be legitimate posters essentially saying "you're dumb" but as I think you pointed out, it's simply not that simple when you are doing something to see every possible angle of every possible scam or arrangement. My wife is a great case-study here: She is, at the very least, a new user with above average intelligence. She is also extremely nitty with money, and this is easily the most money she has ever sent online. By many multiples. She didn't go through this process quickly. It took over a week. If she was fooled, and I'm honestly saying I would have been fooled as well, I'm simply warning that many, many others would be too. I think it's the vast majority. But whether it's 90% or 50% of 25% it's still scary, and way too much. If you're in the group that wouldn't be, that's all well and good. I wish you all the best and hope nothing bad ever happens to you like this. There are a lot of us in the other group as well, though. And that's a problem.
I must say that it's also not surprising that someone with as much poker success as yourself is self-aware enough and humble enough to realize that they aren't superman and do things in the moment that are, in retrospect after seeing the results, mistakes that coulda/woulda/shoulda been avoided.