The Daily Mail has a heart rending story* about some recent immigrants to the UK who ended up in prison because they didn’t fully understand the local laws and customs. New to the country and in dire need of money, the immigrants set out to use promises of love and commitment to con local Brits out of half of their stuff.
In the case detailed by the Mail the mark (Mrs. Hardman) had recently acquired nearly 400,000 pounds the old fashioned way, in a divorce. After buying a new home for 200,000 pounds, Hardman still had 190,000 pounds left. The new immigrants were able to con her out of 170,000 pounds with false promises of love and commitment, but failed to follow local law and custom when doing so. As a result, the men are now in prison.
To all new immigrants to the US and the UK, I urge you to learn about our laws and customs. Yes we have a cherished tradition of conning gullible rubes out of half of their stuff using false promises of love and commitment, but there are customs and procedures which must be followed when doing this. Before you start conning anyone with false promises of love and commitment, make sure you contact a local divorce attorney to learn how to do this within the law. You may also want to contact a local Catholic priest or a Protestant organization like Focus on the Family to learn how to do this morally as well.
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