Nary a week goes by without some article in one of New York's daily papers chronicling the sad tales of citizens getting fleeced in one of several oft-warned-against scams.

One of my favorites is the foreign national who claims to have a winning lottery ticket but because of their status, can't cash it. So in good faith he or she asks some dupe to put up several thousand of his or her own money as collateral until the winning ticket can be redeemed.

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