File this under "A senile dude and his family fortune are soon parted" - from todays LA Times:
A renowned psychiatrist from UC Irvine was duped into squandering at least $1.3 million of his family's fortune on a Nigeria Internet scam, according to a lawsuit recently filed by his son.
The son, also an Orange County doctor, said his father — Dr. Louis A. Gottschalk — gave as much as $3 million over a 10-year period in response to an Internet plea that promised the doctor a generous cut of a huge sum of cash trapped in African bank accounts in exchange for money advances.
Yeah, that's right. A "renowned" psychiatrist from UC Irvine responded to one of those letters from "Upperclassmen G. Alamogordo" and got cleaned out of almost $3 million. Worse than that - apparently, there were over 290 people who fell for this last year. Amazing.
Personally, I don't care how old or feeble-minded this guy is. Knowing that this guy is a Dr. and can presumably read, I just think the court should just rule this as an "equitable distribution of wealth from a man to stupid to have it."
(Shot of 184 Proof Scotch to the Swamp's Kegtron for shining a light on somebody actually falling for this.)