Teenager With Autism Fools Airline Into Thinking He Is Tycoon

July 20, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A British teenager with a form of high functioning autism managed to fool a group of executives into believing that he was a wealthy young millionaire with his eyes on partnering with their airline.

Known only as Adam Tait, his assumed name during his exploits, the 17-year-old began making calls and sending emails to the airline, finally taking a trip to New Jersey. While there he submitted a proposal, and managed to fool the executives he spoke with.

He then managed to con them into agreeing to meet with him next week, and a statement was even released to the press, where the possibility of the expansion was announced.

It was at this point that things took a turn for the worst for young Mr. Tait.

According to a report by The Telegraph, the reporters covering the initial story became suspicious as they were unable to find details about Tait, or the team that he claimed to represent.

Other names that he had used in email correspondences and by telephone also wielded no information.

It continued for six months, with other airlines becoming fooled along the way. It wasn’t until he was caught entering a large jet at an Essex airline, having convinced an official there that he was thinking about leasing it, that he was caught by police.

When asked how he had managed to fool them, one of the airline execs in Jersey stated:

“If they were real then there would have been opportunities for us to expand our business and that’s not the sort of thing we are going to ignore.”


Comments

2 Responses to “Teenager With Autism Fools Airline Into Thinking He Is Tycoon”

  1. Old Man Dotes on July 20th, 2009 5:15 pm

    “If they were real then there would have been opportunities for us to expand our business and that’s not the sort of thing we are going to ignore.”

    And that’s exactly why the “Spanish Prisoner” scam (also known as “419 spam,” the spam that claims you’ve inherited money from someone you never knew, or someone needs help smuggling money out of the country, or you’ve won a lottery you’ve never entered, etc.) still pull in the suckers hand over fist: Greed makes unethical people blind to obvious reality, and hostile to anyone who points out that they are NOT lucky winners, but rather greedy suckers.

    The airline execs are greedy suckers. End of story.

  2. Greed as a prime motivator | Episteme on July 22nd, 2009 9:12 pm

    […] I found this article the other day about the teen in Great Britain who managed to completely dupe a bunch of airline executives in believing that he was a millionaire who was looking to buy into their company and expand it. The key to the attack is that greed was the prime motivator in the attack. From the article: […]

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