I feel terrible for the Indian scammers


red dragon

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Suddenly very early today received a call from India.
Almost a year ago, during our trip to India, my wife bought a bunch of clothes ( mostly sarees) from a store located in the mall of our residential complex ( South City, Kolkata).
A young salesman in mid 20s or early 30s was showing her sarees etc. I distinctly remember his voice as he was speaking in English with a forced strange accent even after telling him, that she understands Bengali, and later he called up an woman from some other shop to help Lenka with a saree.
We both liked that guy and paid with an Amex card ( that was our only CC working in India)
Now coming back to the morning call, somebody told me there has been some security issues with Amex Card ( something to do with some chip in the card or something) and requested me to visit some address near city centre of Prague.
Since we rarely use that card here, I asked him if it could wait for few days.
Here we rarely get calls from credit card companies as long as the bills are paid, or they straightaway send collectors at home ( I've seen it happened to a neighbor, poor chap's cheque got misplaced or something)
The voice ( specially the accent) sounded very familiar, it was neither typical Czech or American/ English, but I couldn't place it at that time.
Anyway he hung up after promising a call in next couple of hours.
Within 15 minutes he called back and told it can be solved over phone ( making the scam obvious even to an idiot like me) and this time I finally could recognise the accent.
So I asked him straightaway...instead of getting scared, the guy told me that he's now working here!! ( Though the call originated from India!!)
Long story short, after further pressing he told me the truth...he has lost his job and working in some company specialising in these kind of activities and he received INR 5000 for stealing the card transfer details from his previous employer ( I don't know how he did that)
I remembered the guy being very decent and extremely helpful. Circumstances forced him to do what he's doing now.
Of course most of us would think/ say that thousands have lost their jobs, but not all of them are engaging in criminal activities.
But somehow I am still feeling terrible for this guy..I could and did help him with a very small amount that would feed him and his ailing mom and dad for a month at most.
But it's no solution, though he promised that he will leave these things but I'm sure he's possibly trying to scam someone right now. It breaks my heart, it really does. What a waste of life!!
 

cute.bandar

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^ People struggled more when our population was half. My father, bless him, who is so calm like a saint, has this to say: When you help some stranger probability of being scammed is very high, but even if you help 1 honest person out of 10 scammers, you help someone. Besides most scammers are really struggling. When someone doesn't have even a source of getting Rs 5k /month , then you really feel that crushing pressure.
As for thanos 'solution' : most of us don't realize but the world is in a faar better position than before, when population was less. In almost every metric things have improved: infant mortality, clean water, education, health access, rights, food etc
I am not saying increasing population made it better. But cutting it in half may not do anything good
 

red dragon

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I also feel the same. Blaming population for everything is possibly over simplifying complex situations.
A little bit of empathy...can save the mankind for now.
Don't want to get political here, but wasn't the PM cares fund supposed to go to these people?
 
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Julian

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Balls circumstances. He's a PoS plain and simple. Some things in life ARE pretty black and white. You can die while maintaining your integrity. I've been through a very tough phase in my life when i couldn't even have one meal a day. Doesn't mean you fck people over to survive.
 

chetansha

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I also feel the same. Blaming population for everything is possibly over simplifying complex situations.
A little bit of empathy...can save the mankind for now.
Don't want to get political here, but wasn't the PM cares fund supposed to go to these people?

Who told you that ?
Pm cares for what ppl
 

Julian

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Wish everyone was a fighter like you

Don't get me wrong, there are people who do deserve empathy. Scumbags don't count though...
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Who told you that ?
Pm cares for what ppl
PM Cares is one of the biggest scams of modern times. Especially considering it's a charity thing, not like other scams which were business oriented. Why are they so hesitant to allow auditing? And why wasn't the national relief fund enough, what was the need for this one? These are just basic questions not even going into the depth of it.

There's a special place in hell for these kinds of people.
 

Mr.J

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I might feel bad for these people if I weren't called a scammer on the internet because of my nationality.
 

6pack

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I might feel bad for these people if I weren't called a scammer on the internet because of my nationality.
Plus the constant poo and rape comments. The blown out of proportion media coverage also doesn't help. Sometimes i feel indian media is enemy of india. They feature only bad news 24/7 on their channels.
 

red dragon

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I absolutely love how most of @red dragon threads with anything not related to tech/music somehow in a way or another politics gets mentioned. Truly is fascinating to see :snaphappy:
But in all honesty, I'm scared of Indian politicians. Till last year, knew almost nothing about Indian politics.
Anyway I caught your drift and will be more careful from next time.
It's true, as an outsider I don't know much and shouldn't comment on political issues.
 

Mr.J

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Plus the constant poo and rape comments. The blown out of proportion media coverage also doesn't help. Sometimes i feel indian media is enemy of india. They feature only bad news 24/7 on their channels.
Do they? They don't show any news as far as I can see. Irrelevant BS like drugs in Bollywood is keeping them running.

If they actually started showing bad news the way they did before 2014, this government would have no place to hide.
 

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