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Scam

For archive (Updated on February 17, 2019)

Scam is used by dishonest people to cheat unwary folks.

Nigerian Scam

  • The Nigerian Scam is one of the oldest scams.
  • Typically, one gets an e-mail supposedly from a friend asking for help (e.g. need money desperately to buy a return ticket home) and to follow instructions (e.g. transfer money) to get him out of the trouble. There is a “promise” to repay the debt.
  • Some get emotional & forget logic and the importance of verifying (double checking). They rush off to write a check.

Even if a tiny fraction of the recipients fall into a scam, the scammers get rich. Even if they are caught (possibly after a long time), the resources needed to get back the money (extradition and law suit) are too much and not cost-effective.

Variations

  • Somewhat who had inherited millions of dollars
  • A company claiming that you had won a big prize
  • Scenario which is “too good to be true”.

Some scammers

  • are sloppy copy cats (with typos and errors in the message)
  • simply change the settings (Edinburgh, Scotland instead of Nigeria)
  • may use malware to take over some computers and send scams from the hacked account

Suggested actions

  • Verify by calling the sender and the family members
  • Use nick names to check if the sender is a hacker
  • Warn friends about the attack

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