We've joked in the past that it's somewhat stunning in this day and age that it's stunning that anyone doesn't yet know how advance fee 419 "Nigerian" scams work. However, as the saying (not said by P.T. Barnum) goes, "there's a sucker born every minute." You might even be able to make a convincing argument that internet time has sped up the sucker creation process. Still, most of these scams work by focusing on the victim's own greed -- which sometimes makes it pretty difficult to feel sorry for them. It also makes you wonder just how much of an effort should people be making to prevent these types of frauds? Over in China they're getting a lot of attention as the advance fee scammers have gone beyond email to actually calling people up to tell them they've won a ton of money that they'll never see. Even more interesting is this tidbit, submitted by Jo Faughnan, that Western Union is trying to catch and stop scam related money transfers in order to protect scam victims (this following some sort of legal settlement that isn't clearly explained). It's obviously a good thing to try to stop these scams, and we've seen (tragically) just how convinced some people are by these scammers (to the point of never believing they were scammed). However, at some point, don't the people who jumped into these scams excitedly trying to get their hands on some stolen money need to take responsibility for their own actions?
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