I came home the other day and my wife filled me in on the latest in the neverending saga of bloodsucking. The other day the scammers showed up at my father in law's door and told him the spaces for urns containing ashes he "owned" in a Columbarium had been sold.
The three louts who visited my Dad in law told him that although the spaces had been sold, in order to realize the money from the deal, he had to purchase his share of the land under them first. After that, he'd realize his millions. They immediately relieved him of $10,000 NT for the "processing fee" for the "sale". Since he doesn't have on hand the $500K they told him he'd need to purchase the land (the younger generation has thankfully taken over management of his accounts), he started ringing up relatives.
My sister in law ran over to his house and got the company name from him. She whipped out the newspaper and showed him: 2o odd people from that and related firms had been arrested in land scams that week. Probably the gang needed the additional money for bail so members could flee to China and judged my Pa to be an easy mark. My father in law held firm: the sale was real, and he just needed another $500,000 to complete it. His sister, probably the toughest, sharpest businessman I know, rushed over to explain that it was a scam. All three of his daughters called him. But still he won't believe anyone in his family. We even had a local dai shu, a kind of paralegal who specializes in land sales, explain to him that the title certificates they showed him were obvious fakes. No dice.
The scammers showed up the next day but my father in law's eldest sister was present and waiting for them. She herded them back out the door; she's in her 80s and smokes cigars and does shots and is afraid of nothing and no one. She read my father in law the riot act and then spent the day on the phone with my wife, strategizing.....
He's blown enough money on these scams to put all five of his grandchildren through college and have enough left over to buy them all small apartments when they graduate.
It's just so incredibly painful...
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