Every so often when traversing the glorious commercial connectivity of the internets, you get a brief reminder that sharks lurk and drift in the shadows beneath the browser chrome.
We had one of those occasions recently when looking to hire a location for a production. I should mention at this point, that if someone asks for a deposit upfront via Moneygram or Western Union transfer, it's a scam.
Scammers really aren't anything new. The image above is a related fragment from the scam of an early 19th century scumbag, Gregor MacGregor.
In 1820, Greg had the profitable idea of making himself a prince of a fictitious country, Poyais.
Well, why not eh?
He then set about conning people into buying shares of land, some of whom (about 240) took the voyage to settle this fertile central american land of plenty.
180 of 240 optimistic settlers died once reaching their destination, finding nothing but jungle and fever. Greg made a lot of money off the back of peoples optimism, and then snuck off to France.
What we encountered was far less dramatic and likely perpetrated by people less fortunate than ourselves (certainly less than the privelaged military status of Gregor MacGregor allowed).
Still, that doesn't mean we can't string them along and have a little fun, now does it ;)
Read on for the fun part.
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