Dr. Andy

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Inside the Nigerian email schemes

here.
Stephen Kovacsics of American Citizen Services, an office of the U.S. Consulate, spoke to a victim who had lost $200,000.

Kovacsics says he is awakened several nights a week by Americans pleading for help with an emergency, such as a fiancee (whom they have only met in an online chat room) locked up in a Nigerian jail. He has to tell them that there is probably no fiancee, no emergency.
Not much new, but interesting. I don't feel very sorry for them either.

UPDATE: This is probably the kind of thing my friend Ollie thinks the government needs to protect us from

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At 8:47 PM, Blogger ollie said...

I heard that! :-)

Actually, as far as these "dear esteemed sir, I need to transfer $200,000,000 of money from a Nigerian bank to the US" type schemes, it goes back to what my mom told me a long time ago: "it is impossible to cheat an honest man". ;-)

Believe it or not, I agree with "personal responsibility". However, I think that "responsibility" applies to public officials too, which is why I dislike the current administration so much.

 

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