What one victim of a con man feels

What one victim of a con man feels
This postcard was sent anonymously 
to the website PostSecret.

PostSecret publishes postcards and books and sponsors events where people can share their secrets.

This card, where someone explains she got gets conned into loving a con man who only wanted a green card, reminds me of the problem I have with many fictional depictions of con games and scams. We’re meant to identify so strongly with the cool criminals that we forget in the real world there are victims who get hurt. And in this case, when she writes "I should have known better", she blames herself. She shouldn’t blame herself at all. She was conned.

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