Why Nigerian Email Scams Work

When Nigerian prince scam spam hits our inboxes, most of us know to politely decline requests for assistance. One might wonder why scammers don’t come up with something a bit more believable. But according to a new paper (pdf) by Cormac Hurley of Microsoft Research, the email’s overt scaminess helps identify the biggest suckers.

Source: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/234397-why-nigerian-email-scams-work/.

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