From Nigeria with love: Nigerian scammers are back with a vengeance
Posted in: Legal & Security at 18/07/2012 21:01
Even our computer recognises when something is too good to be true, so we don't see them so much any more - those emails offering untold wealth if we help a dignitary move a fortune from a hostile country, or notifying us of massive winnings in lotteries we don't recall entering. And for the few that don't go straight to junk mail we hit "delete" without another thought.
Why, then, are tens of thousands of Australians still losing more than $55 million a year to mass-marketed advance fee fraud (scams tricking people into paying money upfront to secure a financial or emotional benefit at a later date), more commonly known as "Nigerian" or "419" scams?