“Dirty” money is the new scam

Well this is a new one. Beware!

Woman hands over banknotes ‘carrying deadly virus’.

An elderly woman in Italy has been robbed by well-dressed bandits who convinced her to part with around $2000, saying her notes had been contaminated with a deadly virus.

She said the women identified themselves as health department officials and asked the woman if she had withdrawn her monthly pension, saying that a number of banknotes in circulation were contaminated with a deadly virus.

The women then offered to take the woman’s notes, promising to decontaminate and return them.

Needless to say, they didn’t return the money.

This is becoming an increasingly more common scam in Italy, with the victims being primarily the elderly.

And this is not just a popular scam in Italy, but we’ve covered stories from all over the world about similar types of money scams. Usually, the “cleansing” is more spiritual than viral, as these scams most often have some kind of paranormal and/or supernatural twist, such as a “curse”.dirty money

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  3 comments for ““Dirty” money is the new scam

  1. Chris
    January 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    All the more reason to sign up for automatic deposits of those kinds of funds. Though she may be set in her ways.

    It is disgusting to see someone take advantage of the elderly.

  2. January 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Actually, it isn’t a “new” scam. Read about them before- usually from a “psychic” helping someone get rid of their diseased or cursed money. Sometimes it would be infected with a disease or something and it would be best if it was disposed of… Then they would be HAPPY to take care of that for you.

  3. Graham
    January 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Ah yes, the old “There’s a curse (or negative energy) on your money, give it to us and we’ll take it away” scam, first time I’ve seen someone use a claim that a ‘virus’ is on the money.

    See also this case where scammers claimed that Sylvia Browne and her son would get rid of the negative energy…

    http://stopsylvia.com/articles/email_doofrane.shtml

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