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I just caught this story, a mom in Massachusetts fell for a pretty typical "webcam interview" scam except in this case the guy running it was selling it as a "mother-daughter bikini contest" and he convinced the woman to get her 10 year old daughter to pose in her bra & panties and then nude for him.  It came out because the woman called her sister to complain about how her daughter fought about taking her clothes off.  The sister realized it wasn't right (as apparently did the 10 y/o) and she called the cops, expecting them to arrest the scammer.  Now they're all upset that the cops arrested the MOM.  (Scammer DID get arrested as well.)

What do you guys think?  Obviously people use this scam because it works & some people are stupid/gullible enough to fall for it.  The mom was apparently one of those people.  But does this rise to the level of abuse matching the charges that've been laid on her?

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Near as I can tell, this is the mom in  question.  http://www.exploretalent.com/contestant … yes-107327

I figure she should at least qualify for misdemeanor stupidity.

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From the mom...

"There are sickos out there, and they let them go. But I get locked up. I'm a victim," Lussier told the local newspaper.


I'm speechless.

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The D.A. should have a strong case for child endangerment ref the mom, the scammer is a cho-mo and will soon (if found guilty) get to add his name to the register. (wonder what defense his lawyer will use?) hmm

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Kevlar Vest Girl wrote:

I'm speechless.

That's a first!

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I'm wondering if the mother has gotten a call from Jerry Springer yet.

Or will the Darwin Awards add a new category.

I truly hope the daughter is never left alone with that mother again.

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SLE Photography wrote:

Kevlar Vest Girl wrote:

I'm speechless.

That's a first!

lol

I saw this when you posted it.  And still am not sure what to say about it.  Like Bob, I'm speechless.

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Wow! I don't understand what a strange man can possibly say to convince a mother to have her 10 year old daughter take off her clothes for him. Seems to me the mother should be in question here. Glad that they did get the scammer too.

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Wow! I don't understand what a strange man can possibly say to convince a mother to have her 10 year old daughter take off her clothes for him. Seems to me the mother should be in question here. Glad that they did get the scammer too.

Sunzie, unfortunately scams work because people are SO desperate to believe they'll get rich or famous or both they don't stop to think about things critically.

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I guess it's just hard for me to understand how any mother with any respect and love for her child could do that. Even if money becomes involved. If she's so desperate for fame and fortune that she's willing to subject her daughter to something like that, then I really think she should come into question. Because any mother in their right mind wouldn't have gone through with something like that once their child became involved. If that wasn't a warning sign right there, I'm not sure what is.

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Sunzie wrote:

I guess it's just hard for me to understand how any mother with any respect and love for her child could do that. Even if money becomes involved. If she's so desperate for fame and fortune that she's willing to subject her daughter to something like that, then I really think she should come into question. Because any mother in their right mind wouldn't have gone through with something like that once their child became involved. If that wasn't a warning sign right there, I'm not sure what is.

People completely fail to be rational some times.  This webcam scam is REALLY common, it's just rare to involve kids.  People who don't understand the business somehow think "Gee, this sounds legit" and simply go along.  It's like the cases of people calling a business, telling the manager that it's the police calling, and ordering the manager to strip search employees.  People are so conditioned to believe those "in authority" that they simply go along with it.

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SLE Photography wrote:

Sunzie wrote:

I guess it's just hard for me to understand how any mother with any respect and love for her child could do that. Even if money becomes involved. If she's so desperate for fame and fortune that she's willing to subject her daughter to something like that, then I really think she should come into question. Because any mother in their right mind wouldn't have gone through with something like that once their child became involved. If that wasn't a warning sign right there, I'm not sure what is.

People completely fail to be rational some times.  This webcam scam is REALLY common, it's just rare to involve kids.  People who don't understand the business somehow think "Gee, this sounds legit" and simply go along.  It's like the cases of people calling a business, telling the manager that it's the police calling, and ordering the manager to strip search employees.  People are so conditioned to believe those "in authority" that they simply go along with it.

for as far as people will go for an "authority figure" watch this

http://videosift.com/video/The-Original … iment-1961
and this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcvSNg0HZwk

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hmmm why am I sure that the Mom is the ideal candidate for Nigerian scams as well as casting couches? It's a damn shame she's as much of an idiot as she is to have involved her 10 year old in kiddie porn. If there isn't a law against stupidity in parenting there should be at times. This is one of them!

Mom should spend enough time in jail to finally see the error of her ways and to realize that she wasn't the victim here and why.

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Rick Gordon Photography wrote:

hmmm why am I sure that the Mom is the ideal candidate for Nigerian scams as well as casting couches? It's a damn shame she's as much of an idiot as she is to have involved her 10 year old in kiddie porn. If there isn't a law against stupidity in parenting there should be at times. This is one of them!

Mom should spend enough time in jail to finally see the error of her ways and to realize that she wasn't the victim here and why.

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