If it sounds too good to be true, it is… obviously!

guest editorial

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

And, if anybody tells you they need money from you in order to deliver money to you, see the above maxim.

Last week, Telus sent out a press release warning of yet another scam.

These scams are so prevalent they have almost become white noise.

The latest fraud includes scam artists calling people and claiming to be from Telus or another company.

They tell the victim their computer is not secure and ask the victim to download security software.

Of course, the victim is really downloading software that allows the scam artist to copy banking and other passwords.

These scams are a dime a dozen and it boggles the mind to think they are still successful.

Despite news story after news story, despite the Kamloops RCMP setting up a dedicated scam line, despite some of these frauds being hilariously obvious, people continue to let greed and stupidity lead to their downfall.

Consider the ridiculous case of an Okanagan woman who went to Global News with her woeful tale last week.

She met a man on an online-dating site. She never met him in person, but was smitten enough to send him her life savings — more than a million bucks — after he convinced her he needed the money to access some other fund.

It’s 2011. News is everywhere. There is no reason for this woman, or anyone else, to fall for such obvious frauds.

Use your head!