Police Passing On Urban Legend Scam Warnings

from the research?--bah! dept

This certainly isn’t the first time, but it’s always amusing to me to read stories about police departments passing on scam or fraud warnings that are typically found on urban legend type pages. In this particular case, the police are in the UK, and they seem to have conveniently swapped out the dollar signs for pound signs, but kept the numbers identical – exchange rates be damned. You can see the original version over at Snopes. While this is a case where the scam may very well be true, it’s pretty clear that the police warning wasn’t based on any particular knowledge about the scam, but someone receiving it as an email forward and sending on the warning without bothering to actually research the details.

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