Affinity Fraud - There is a natural attraction or feeling of kinship to people who also speak English, and they can scam you easily.

Speaking English does not mean a person is honest.

Many Americans traveling abroad go and live in Hotels owned by other American, on average they pay 20-50 more than needed, because the share an affinity.

Americans who live abroad are often victims. Why? Because they trust people who also speak English, somehow believing that other English speakers, or people from their home country are safer. This is because it feels easy, finally the found another person who understand them, they give trust because suddenly they felt comfortable.

Americans cheat Americans.
Germans cheat Germans.
French cheat French
etc.

Why, because they share an "affinity," with the other person.

Affinity Defined:

1. A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.  

2. A family relationship through marriage of a relative (e.g. sister-in-law), as opposed to consanguinity. (e.g. sister).

3.A kinsman or kinswoman of such relationship. Affinity kinsman or kinswoman.

Affinity Fraud Defined:

Affinity fraud includes investment frauds that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, language minorities, the elderly, or professional groups. The fraudsters who promote affinity scams frequently are – or pretend to be – members of the group. They often enlist respected community or religious leaders from within the group to spread the word about the scheme, by convincing those people that a fraudulent investment is legitimate and worthwhile. Many times, those leaders become unwitting victims of the fraudster's ruse.

These scams exploit the trust and friendship that exist in groups of people who have something in common. Because of the tight-knit structure of many groups, it can be difficult for regulators or law enforcement officials to detect an affinity scam. Victims often fail to notify authorities or pursue their legal remedies, and instead try to work things out within the group. This is particularly true where the fraudsters have used respected community or religious leaders to convince others to join the investment.

Many affinity scams involve "Ponzi schemes" or pyramid schemes, where new investor money is used to make payments to earlier investors to give the illusion that the investment is successful. This ploy is used to trick new investors to invest in the scheme and to lull existing investors into believing their investments are safe and secure. In reality, the fraudster almost always steals investor money for personal use. Both types of schemes depend on an unending supply of new investors; when the inevitable occurs, and the supply of investors dries up, the whole scheme collapses and investors discover that most or all of their money is gone.

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Clubme from wrote 1 comment

Nice article, but a direct copy from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_fraud

nabashalam from has written 2 comments

Clubme... I have seen this many times from this writer. He writes an article about My Sadness for Writers Who Cajole Their Brains for the Novel Thoughts

Then he copies and pastes one of his next articles from another web page...

Andy can be a good writer even when he is making excuses for not polishing his pieces with proper spelling.But that could be a part of his style and artistic license. So if you see misspelled words and terrible grammar youll know its an original piece of Andy Grahams... You cant cut and paste that! :)

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Unfortunately, youre so right.

Have worked for immigration downunder and here in Germany to mention only one dept issueing work permits. In refugee cases whom have enough sh*t to deal with on a daily basis, whom find employment amongst their own culture, they are to 99 ripped-off badly.
Personally I started to write a Bad list with such employers and what was appauling was the fact that their own country men/women were ripping these people off.
No extended work permit without regular evidence of income. Often would invite the employer for further info regarding employment conditions and request them to pay their (best qualified) employee/fellow country man in cash in front of me.
The same procedure on every application extention.

Not that I learnt from that, no I took a fellow traveller in from Holland and he stole the rent from another border.

Learning to trust again

Kaipe.

has written 2 comments

After reading what I have written, there is also a problem with this site regarding extras, such as exclamation marks and all the rest. They simply only show up while writing and when published they are gone.

There so many similar articles out there and yet not the same.

Phil J from has written 3 comments

Good article. I agree. I shop around and try to get the best deal and not depend on the affinity thing. There is a notable affinity good deal in Subic Bay in the Philippines. It is hotel accommodations. Same for restaurants.
Phil

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