A friend of a friend came to me with a “business opportunity.”
Client: I’m starting a new project. Something big, we’re talking YouTube but for a more specific market.
Me: Honestly, I’ve been through this song and dance before with plenty of “businessmen” who say they want the next Google or Facebook or whatever. This kind of project would cost minimum six figures, probably more.
Client: Money is not a problem.
Me: …I’ll be frank. I know you owe a few of my friends money, which is fine, I get it, but unless you’ve won the lottery my understanding is you don’t have that kind of money.
Client: I’m in the middle of something, but I’m going to have the money soon.
Me: Let me guess: you just received a letter from some a lawyer, and a rich relative you didn’t know you had left you all his money, and all you have to do is send the lawyer a “legal” fee to get millions.
Client: …How did you know?
Me: Because I get the same letter from scammers roughly 10 times a week.
He was legitimately about to send a few thousand to these scammers.
So, no, I did not land a 6-figure contract – but he did buy me dinner and a few drinks for saving him a couple thousand from scammers.