Scam mentioned in popular television show

Does anyone watch the show Medium, about Allison DuBois who works for the DA’s office and can see and hear people who have died and can pick up on things? Allison DuBois is a real person, and her gift has helped to solve many cases.

On the show this week her daughter Bridgette who also has this gift, runs into a man in the library using the computer every day. He is dressed as an African prince, or at least that is the way that he appears to the girl. She sees the name that he uses on an email account, and when her older sister is later complaining about the spam emails and mentions the same name Bridgette tells the family that she knows this guy and that he comes to the library all of the time. They family tried to tell Bridgette that it is a scam, and that he is just pretending to be a Prince with a lot of money and that in his emails he asks you to give him some money to help him get his money out of the bank that it is in.

(sorry . . . you have to watch the short ad in order to see the clip)

So, the next day Bridgette sees this guy at the library again and gives him all of the money she has (about $30 I think . . . remember, this is a girl in grade school) and she says he can take it to help him get his money and then he just has to pay her back when he does get her money.

The man later returns to the library to give Bridgette her money back saying that he cannot take money from a little girl, and that he had only been doing this type of thing for a few weeks. Don’t we all wish that THIS part happened in real life!

I do think it is great that they are getting the word about the Nigerian scams out into the popular television shows. This one episode could have helped to educate a lot of people that this is a scam.…/episode/1317709/summary.html?tag=ep_guide;summary

4 Responses to “Scam mentioned in popular television show”

  1. Clint Says:

    It’s too bad most of these scams aren’t quite thrilling enough to make “good television,” because a couple TV dramas could possibly do more to educate the public than just about anything else.

    Like, if they could weave a murder plot around a Mystery Shopper scam and center an episode of ‘CSI’ or ‘Law & Order’ on it, it might hit people in a way that us fraud bloggers, as pure as our intentions may be, never seem to.

    I’m sure any one of us would be thrilled to act as consultants for those scripts, no?

  2. scamvictimsunited Says:

    I would have to agree with you. Could we tie the Christmas Day bomber in with Nigerian scams to make a story? While the bomber is being searched copies of scam emails are found. Then then look at his laptop to find that he has been working several scams in order to help pay for his bomb attempt.

    I was looking at the Regianl FCU website, and I saw the Dollar Dog . . . great idea on a way to teach kids about money. Does Dollar Dog do any education on scams? Knowing about scams is one way to protect your money.

  3. Clint Says:

    The thing is, some of these scams DO fund international terrorism, as well as domestic drug operations.

    Dollar Dog actually a program created by an outside company (they license the site and character to several FI’s). I don’t think there’s much on that particular site about fraud prevention, but we’ve got several student branches in area schools, and I’ve been doing presentations on the topic, especially to middle school students. So we’re working on it!

  4. Shawn Mosch Says:

    That is great! Let me know if Scam Victims United could assist in any way with the presentations you are already doing. We would be happy to help.

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