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Why some scams are designed to be easy to spot

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 12:17 AM

Some scams are so obvious you might wonder why the criminals don’t try harder:
but that’s a deliberate technique
The scams involved here are the notorious Nigerian 419 scams, where a criminal sends out batch emails claiming to be a Nigerian prince trying to recover a fortune.
The surprising twist
The fact that these scams are so well-known, and yet still continue, prompted a researcher at Microsoft called Cormac Herley to write: 'Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria?' He posed the question that given that the entire email is a lie, why wouldn't the scammers lie about their location? His answer was surprising.....

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 01:15 PM

Scammers aren't non-English speakers with computers. They're savvy manipulators who play off your emotions. That's why even the stupidest scams will work on the right vulnerable person. "I'm pretty good at recognizing scams. But I still have the same physiological response as everyone else when I see a too-good-to-be-true opportunity," says Robert Siciliano, a McAfee online security expert. "You don't have to be a moron to get sucked into that feeling." These online scams have been around forever—some, even before the Internet—yet thousands of people are still falling for them every day. Here's what you need to know so you're never conned again.




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Posted 09 November 2015 - 01:16 PM

Suckers are born every day!  




You get what you pay for



Buyer beware!

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 10:36 PM

Stupid Get-Rich Quick Scams (People Still Fall For)

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 08:26 PM

Scientists Build Ultrathin Speakers That Look Suspiciously Like Tin Foil

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 01:09 AM

How about some of the more complex worldwide scams? Religion for one. Politics as another. What is fit to criticize? Obey or be cuffed, buffed, and stuffed!

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