Because I can fall into the unintelligent thinking person I tend to be, (on a regular basis, I fear) I had to share a story. (Notice I did not say 'short' story.)
Sometime in the past two weeks I posted my email on here, was not thinking of email, instead was thinking of Facebook connection. So, within 12 hours I received my first congratulatory email. There was a woman who passed away from CML overseas, and she was going to leave her fortune to me, if I followed a particular set of rules, the first of course was me sending several hundered dollars to the place of origin to 'settle her affairs'. The email was ready for unspoken questions, why me?, well this woman has been following my progress on the CML support group, (ok, been there less than a few weeks), I was chosen out of who knows how many, (why does everyone get that same letter?), and the funds are guaranteed, all you have to do is send your money over there.
I was instantly in a rage. Yeah, I know there are nasty people in this world, and they take advantage of others, but there is no low where someone will stop before crossing so many social rules, they are less than human. I read daily about people who are struggling to get their meds, pay for them, meet the copays, and here I have this con artist wanting me to send $500, I think don't remember, was high dose, and I will be rich. Yeah, I send five hundread and they disappear. Although enjoy people trusting them comes with time and understanding. This was just ridiculous.
I believe this kind of behavior is prutrid and vial. Not only are they taking advantage of some very nice people, they are ruining the acceptance of another because of the behavior.
I would hope no one takes these correspondences seriously, and please do not send any money anywhere, no matter what the case. I supposed I should report it or do something, that usually goes no where.
So fellow CML patients, beware of your caring and compassion. We come here for information and get it, but are not waiting for the 'rip off',
Beward, my fellow CML people, there is a monster out there wanting to relieve you of your cash.