|17 Jun 2011||#1|
Ever wondered how scammers get your email address?
I found this interesting article, and thought I might post it here.
You’ve seen the emails: They claim to have been sent by a financial institution in a faraway land, or from a corrupt bureaucrat in an equally corrupt government. Whatever the ruse, the senders always claim to need your help in spiriting away millions of dollars. These schemes, known as “419,” “advance fee” and “Nigerian letter” scams seemingly have been around forever and are surprisingly effective at duping people. But where in the world do these scammers get their distribution lists, and how did you become a target?
Its a real eye opener if you don't fully appreciate how email addresses are harvested. Perhaps it can help the more vulnerable protect themselves. Please use some caution if you decide to follow the links referenced in the article.
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