419 Scams As A Way Of Keeping Up On Current Events I'm beginning to think that it could be an interesting subject to study what cultural/national situations are referenced by 419 "advance fee" scam emails. While the most common such email comes from Nigeria, they've adjusted over time to pick up on other countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, they're trying to pick up on events, like the Olympics. They all look pretty much the same, though - and if your pattern matching ability is so weak that you can't realize this is the exact same scam you've got other problems. Still, some people continue to fall for such scams on a regular basis. [via Techdirt]


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