When The Man, The Deal, Or The Success Sound Too Good To Be True

Claudia Brose
6 min readJul 5, 2023

Then it probably is. And your skill of Paying Attention is your way out

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Three stories happened yesterday — each of which was about something that sounded too good to be true. It felt like the theme of the day.

Thinking about these stories I found a connecting message in them.

The message is that we need to slow down to be able to pay more attention to details, listen more carefully, think more critically, and notice discrepancies.

Thereby we can better avoid the potential damage that can be done to us by idiots, scammers, weirdos, or false friends.

The Clever Fraudsters

I pride myself on being usually pretty good at not falling for phishing emails, false emails, or awkward URLs and I never touch a strange-looking email attachment. Yesterday I fell prey to a fraudulent website that had set up a site that looked exactly like an original Italian athletic sportswear site. Except, it wasn’t.

The special sales offers looked legit but were too good to be true. Turned out the site was hijacked by fraudsters, collecting credit card information.

In a rushed world where we are not willing to spend too much time on something fraudsters and scammers have an…



Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com