Perspectives

Why We Get Scammed

If you use a mobile phone or have an email account, you’ve almost certainly been exposed to an attempt at mass marketing fraud. Common examples include being interrupted by an annoying robocall just as you start eating lunch or waking up to a suspicious email that somehow slipped through the spam filter. Sometimes, the attempted fraud is kind of funny—the wording is so strange or the premise is so ridiculous (“An exiled prince needs my help transferring a million dollars? Really?”) that we’re left wondering how anyone could possibly fall for such an obvious money grab.

How to Spot Scams

There are all types of scams out there. Taking the time to think before acting could be the key to avoid becoming a victim.