Friday, June 22, 2012

Nigerian E-Mail Scams: Why Nigeria?

Why do Nigerian e-mail scammers say they're from Nigeria?  THIS CBS News article answers that question.

"But surely actual scammers would have realized by now that no one believes a Nigerian prince will offer up thousands of dollars to random strangers. According to new research, not only do scammers not worry about people being skeptical - they actively encourage it."

"By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select... This is why so many email scams claim to originate from Nigeria - though most spam emails come from elsewhere, including the United States. Anyone with any degree of familiarity with Internet scams will immediately close the email, leaving only the most susceptible victims to actually read its contents."

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