Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nigerian 419 Internet Scammers dupe Victorians

New research shows bogus promises of fabulous wealth, courtesy of unsolicited emails, continue to trick unsuspecting consumers to part with up to $120,000, despite repeated warnings by authorities.

Older Australians, in particular, are more likely to be vulnerable to the online scammers.

The Australian Institute of Criminology released the results yesterday of a survey of 202 Victorians who sent cash to Nigeria.

Some were victims of online dating scams and fraudulent job offers but most fell prey to "advance fee scams" -- promises of huge cash rewards from Nigerian princes and other fake identities if they transferred money upfront.

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