I read as much as I could of the saga. I hope it's a legit call for help. I'm gonna tell myself it is and send money. If not then it won't be the first or last time I get scammed, but at least I'll sleep better knowing I didn't turn down helping a fellow vet, real or not.
Warranty and customer service won't matter if your equipment fails during a zombie attack.
Torture numbers long enough and they'll tell you what you want to hear.
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