Nigerian Scams

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Misleading Obamacare Promises, The Original 'Nigerian' Scam Letter, and More

Friday, November 01, 2013

The media start challenging Obama's "you can keep it" promise about health care, a man who challenged hackers to hack him, and a predecessor to "Nigerian" scam emails.

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The Spanish Prisoner

Friday, November 01, 2013

Over a century before the rise of the Nigerian email scam, there was the "Spanish Prisoner" Letter, a scam which bears a striking resemblance to the emails that still dupe people today. Bob talks to historian Robert Whitaker, who wrote about "Spanish Prisoner" letters in the history journal The Appendix.

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Why Nigerian Email Scams Work

Friday, November 01, 2013

When Nigerian prince scam spam hits our inboxes, most of us know to politely decline requests for assistance. One might wonder why scammers don’t come up with something a bit more believable. But according to a paper (pdf) by Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research, the email’s overt scaminess helps identify the biggest suckers. In an interview from August of last year, Psychology professor Daniel Simons, who wrote about the phenomenon in the Wall Street Journal, explains.

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Why Nigerian Email Scams Work

Friday, August 31, 2012

When Nigerian prince scam spam hits our inboxes, most of us know to politely decline requests for assistance. One might wonder why scammers don’t come up with something a bit more believable. But according to a new paper (pdf) by Cormac Hurley of Microsoft Research, the email’s overt scaminess helps identify the biggest suckers. Psychology professor Daniel Simons, who wrote about the phenomenon in the Wall Street Journal, explains.

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