Friday, January 21, 2005

Where are the suckers?

Every day, and I mean every single day, I get one or two spam messages offering me a partnership from some unknown in Africa: help us transfer $30 million to your country and we'll give you 20% of the take. Of course, all you have to do is give them all your personal info, including the number of your bank account. Needless to say, you don't see the color of their money, and your own all of a sudden disappears.

I'd really like to know what kind of people believe that you get something from nothing, and why they believe that some strange person in Africa has heard of them. Yet the RCMP states that Canadians have lost over $30 million to these scams in the last ten years. The Nigerian scam, for instance, was the third largest industry in Nigeria. Worldwide it wracked up over $5 billion.

Why are these scams still working? Are the people who get taken in the same who believe they'll win the lotto or get all the coins from the slot machine if they put in enough? Or is it simply the still naive belief that people are fundamentally good (yeah, right)?

Regardless, I suspect I'll continue getting those spams. This time it's Zaire, not Nigeria, but you know what? It's the same damn difference.

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