A stranger send us a spam email about needing to send us $1 million if only we can help them get a hold of the money from another country. They will pay us just merely for helping them – all they need is our bank account information.
This is clearly a scam. And none of us really question whether its a scam. Because it’s a total stranger on the internet. And it makes no sense. So we delete it and don’t give it the time of day.
Why then when a similar opportunity arises from an acquaintance, are we more likely to let our guard down? Even if the scenario seems just as crazy.
Even our best of friends aren’t going to gift us a half a million dollars just for being a good friend (If you happen to have a friend like this, please share them with the rest of us).
And motives can be tricky to decipher.
If it’s hard to figure out why someone would have the motive to offer you a deal that seems “too good to be true,” then you need to ask more questions.
Because there is always a reason. There is always a motive. I am not saying it’s always bad.
But it’s worth questioning.
It could be that they are presenting you with an incredible opportunity because they are short on cash and are in a desperate situation. This isn’t a terrible time to take advantage of investing, but it needs to be understood there is risk involved. Probably more than they are letting on.
It’s when we allow for omissions in the details that the story can become over glorified and the opportunity may seem overstated.
But it is rarely too good to be true when we get the benefit of seeing the full picture.