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How to get scammed

Getting scammed requires work. Don’t think that you can sit back and relax while the scammer does all the heavy lifting. It doesn’t work that way. You need to earn being scammed by putting in the effort and sticking to a new way of doing things. Forget everything you know about protecting personal information, online security, and financial transactions. You won’t be needing any of that nonsense. You also won’t be needing any common sense.

Cheatsheet

  • Open every email attachment and click on every link you receive via email. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to infect your device with malware or ransomware, and perhaps even worse, you don’t want to avoid a phishing attempt.
  • Pay special attention to emails that aren’t specifically addressed to you. If they’re addressed to multiple recipients of undisclosed recipients then even better.
  • Don’t forget that you’re wanting emails from free, anonymous email services like gmail.com, yahoo.com or hotmail.com.
  • The worse the grammar and overall quality of the email content, the better. Ideally it should be evident that a non-English speaking person has used Google Translate or just winged it with their own translation.
  • Look for excessive CAPITALIZATION OF WORDS and a liberal sprinkling, of; inappropriate! punctuation?

How to get your identity stolen

By far, the easiest way to go about this is simply to post high definition color copies of your identification documents, birth certificate, passport, drivers license, utility bills, bank statements, credit cards (and any other documents that contain personal or confidential information) online. Make sure that your address, contact details and other personal particulars are correct or you run the risk of someone detecting that your identity is stolen when they’re asked to confirm their (your details). Ideally, you want to post your documents in a public forum to maximize your reach. I’m sure after all your efforts you’d be a little disappointed if your identity was only taken by a small-time crook intent on some low-level scam, like buying access to some fetish website. What a waste. No, you want to go big. I’m talking vehicle financing, personal loans, mortgage bonds, luxury purchases of expensive jewellery, cruises, michelin-star restaurants and 5-star hotels.