Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Barnum's Law Aids Cybercrime

"Optimistic and kind-natured people are more likely to fall victim to cybercrime than those who are greedy and materialistic, according to an organisation set up to help victims of e-crime.

"E-Victims says that cybercrime is a growing problem because criminals are getting more sophisticated and manipulative.

"...Online dating scams, where a criminal deceives victims by feigning an emotional bond before asking for money, are common. ...this is because although people often suspect that they're being scammed, they don't really believe it because they've invested time and effort into this individual online.

"And in some cases, particularly with young people, victims aren't used to encountering people with malicious intent, and are therefore easily taken in by official-looking logos and job titles that scammers use in their emails..."

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