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Nigerian email scam is used to find only the most gullible targets

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Jun 21, 2012
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  1. I've owned the same email address for over 10 years so it goes without saying that I've seen my fair share of spam messages. Even with various email rules and spam blockers in place, I typically wake up to nearly…

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  2. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 978   +324

    Stupid people will always be stupid, these things just help up find them now if there was only a way to deal with them :p
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,198   +1,625

    can we focus on tracking down scammers instead of pirates?
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    "There's a sucker born every minute." - P.T. Barnum

    Only some suckers seem to be considerably more gullible than others. It's mind boggling to me that someone would consider an e-mail received out of the blue, from someone they've never met - a Nigerian "Prince" no less - who has singled them out personally from the 8 billion people in the world to help them with their money "transfer" to be legit. It is just so laughable...

    But then those are the people this article is referring to. ;)
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    Pirate are much more easily tracked down. (at least the ones who don't take any precautions) 99% of the time the scammers are overseas and once the money is gone there is little to nothing that law enforcement can do. I feel that most of these gullible people don't take the time to read and/or they don't continue to educate themselves otherwise these scams would be laughable.
  6. Greed & charity - there are no easier ways to get people to part with their money or information.
  7. really, you're going to cite fox news?
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,694   +438

    That is so wrong on so many levels.
  9. Maybe the US Government should use this tactic. The Deficit would be erased in no time.
  10. As opposed to NBC? Fox News makes the effort to give balance unlike much of the MSM. Lose your unfounded prejudices.
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    They are all slanted and contain so much opinion that it comes out lies. You're going to come out with someone else's view on the world if you watch TV news.
  12. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    Its sad that people will still fall for this kind of scam. To me it seems most that do fall for it are older/elderly, and have little knowledge of how the internet and email actually work and didn't grow up with the internet/email at their figure tips. Without much of a knowledge email works, its not as mind boggling to them that some "tracked" them down, or singled them out of billions of people.
  13. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    yeah - most of the victims loose money in the scam. But there are unfortunate cases in which they can loose their life, or their freedom. There were cases in which the victim flew in Africa in order to meet the "rich prince". The victims are usually kidnapped and hold for a ransom - and eventually killed. Also, some victims were tricked by the spammers to participate in illegal bank transfers. So when the police traced the money path and found the victim - guess who serves jail time because they actually thought that strangers over the internet transfer money into people account on a regular basis and allows them to keep a small fee (because they were generous and allowed the stranger to use their bank account).
  14. John Senchak

    John Senchak TS Rookie

    You would not believe the personal information that I've seen given up to phishing scams on a daily basis. Are these people stupid to just hand over the information?
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +186

    Fox News is the leader of DSM (Divisive Stream Media). And, no, my prejudices aren't unfounded. I watch Fox News (and Fox Business Network) regularly to hear what they have to say. Ironic their tag line is "Fair and Balanced" and they have shows tagged as "The No Spin Zone". They're the king of spin and bias.

    Chris Wallace let it slip in his interview with Jon Stewart when he said "We tell the other side". Because of course there are only two sides to any argument, right?! Theirs and anyone else's! LOL Which is too bad as they do have some good views but for the most part Fox and the Republicans remind me of Groucho Marx in Horse Feathers when he sang "Whatever it is, I'm against it!" (Click the link and listen to the lyrics!)

    Back to topic:
    People are stupid when it comes to money and they think greed. Look at how many get suckered into scams when they sell merchandise on Craigslist. And Criaglist is filled with bright red warnings on what to watch out for! But they don't read or don't pay attention! But, rather, only think they will make extra money following scam directions.
  16. I tend not to watch "Main stream news" I get the feeling that im being told what to do. In fact there is so many gullible people who fall for the scams of Fox news.

    ECHTECH TS Rookie

    How is it that some of the most gullible people have so much money to lose?

    If they are so gullible, how did they get all of their money in the first place?

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