Comment QW Re: being conned


Canadian Bitcoin exchange defrauded of $100,000 BTC


being conned (Score: 5, Insightful)

by on 2014-03-20 12:35 (#Q2)

is something I have experienced a bunch of times, probably more times even than I know, some of the events being so ridiculous that I can't even picture myself doing what I did. Most of the time I am pretty sceptical and careful with strangers, but basically a variety of human conditions such as feeling happy and safe, being depressed, being very tired, being distracted, and so on can bring your guards down for external reasons and they don't get back up in time when a con arrives at your doorstep. I have since acquired a lot of sympathy for people who get conned because usually they are not ridiculously stupid. Instead, they generally had their guards down for external reasons and made a mistake, a mistake they can easily recognize in hindsight and not repeat in the future, and it usually accomplished little to berate the momentary stupidity.

That said, the discrepancy between the physical security and chat security in this case is remarkable for people managing a financial business. Secure protocols appear to have been missing in this case and could have helped?

Re: being conned (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-03-21 12:11 (#QW)

Momentary stupidity can be a bitch. One second you're guarded, then next moment you realize that guy who asked you what time it was intended to act as a distraction while you take your hands out your pockets to look at your cell or watch. Your guard is down, and his friend has your wallet.

That appeal for help is a preying on human generosity and sympathy. Events like that have sadly made me and I bet a large number of people in this world very callous individuals.


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2014-03-21 12:27 Interesting +1

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