Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear.
Emphasis is, naturally, mine.
There was no stopping of a $10 million (redundant "dollar") robbery. There was an evasion of a $10 million confidence trick, also known as a con or a scam.
More than that, I'm kind of nonplussed by this feature. I'm not exactly certain what to think about it. It could easily have been made up, and it reads a lot like a fictitious account to my ear. Then again it could be perfectly factual. There's no reasonable way to actually find out, since it's completely anonymous, and that kind of removes any real sense of importance or interest from the work. Knowing for certain whether it was fact or fiction would allow me to judge it appropriately, but as it stands it leaves me just oddly bemused.
Beyond that, it has some flimsy moral about "trusting your hunches", as if BoingBoing doesn't routinely point out to us that people have a lot of cognitive biases and are actually pretty bad at correctly reading complicated situations just like this. There's also the "we had spoken to Evil on the phone" line, which literally made me groan out loud.
I just don't get it. Why was this written? Who is the audience? What is it trying to convey beyond a vague, maybe-factual account of a possible high stakes scam? What's the tone supposed to be? What is the piece hoping to accomplish? I honestly can't tell.
It's not a particularly exciting account. It's very dry, and very vague, and nothing much of substance occured.
It's not even an amusing tale - even for being a notorious fabricator and exaggerator, previously covered Moran Cerf can still manage to be funny in the course of spinning a very similar yarn on a topic like this.
I just was underwhelmed by this piece.