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How To Recognize a Fraud
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All, What does a fraud look like?  Where do they live?
Would you know one if you saw them?

These are questions that have come to mind over the past week or so.
Although I have no proof, I believe one lived just two doors away until
about two years ago when he and his family rapidly packed up and left.

If I were to characterize them, they were unclean people: messy
clothes, unkempt yard, a scruffy cat that wandered...  What was also odd
was that they were normally very quiet people and they basically stayed
out of sight.  The exception, I believe, was when they 'scored'.  Then,
for a few days, and once for over a week, they partied -- all by

After they left, the bank foreclosed on the house and a contractor came
in to gut the house.  According to the men working inside, the place
was worse than filthy and every wall, floor, and ceiling had to be
stripped to the studs, beams, and rafters to get rid of the stench.
All of the appliances were tossed and all of the facilities removed.
When the landscapers came in to do their thing, some very uncomfortable
facts started to get 'unearthed' -- literally.  By the time all was
said and done, fourteen animal carcasses, six engine blocks, and an
assortment of various consumer goods were found buried in the backyard.
How the residents avoided being seen burying these things remains a
real mystery.

In my opinion, people who perpetrate crimes against society are rarely
'normal' in appearance or actions.  They do 'strange things' that do
get noticed.  The problem is, most people turn a blind eye and simply
label them as 'weird'.  Now, I'm not advocating that every weirdo be
investigated, but maybe it's time we all took a better look at those
who live around us.  Maybe we need to step outside of our little lives
and attempt to get to know our neighbors a bit better.

Invite them over for coffee or a beer.  Find out what they do for a
living.  Pry a little bit!

Just a thought.
John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Thu 3 Mar 2005, 12:21:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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