Come on, don’t be bashful, give an honest answer via the comments and don’t feel embarrassed as, after all, I’ve been scammed a few times myself –
THE THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO FALL FOR INTERNET SCAMS
As someone who has been scammed them-self, I can fully understand how other people may find themselves in such a predicament.
If you’ve never fallen for a ruse, whether on the internet or elsewhere, then you would probably have an extremely hard time comprehending how anyone can be taken in by obviously fraudulent emails or other cons.
It’s possible that a person’s susceptibility to any given scam is driven by their own individual personality traits.
Of course, cyber criminals know these types of people well, and tailor their hustles accordingly.
The 3 types of people who get scammed can broadly be classed as –
1. THE GREEDY
If something sounds too good to be true.. it probably is
The greedy person, however, takes no notice of such common sense warnings.
Instead, their compulsion to acquire more money, power, or whatever else motivates them, leads to them being blinded and unable to see the obvious warning signs.
If an email from a Nigerian hits their inbox, offering a cut of missing $millions then they are going to feel tempted to reply.
After all, who wouldn’t like to earn a few million bucks for just a couple of mouse clicks?
2. THE SYMPATHETIC
How many people can look the other way when they see, or hear of, someone in grave need?
The ultra sympathetic person certainly can’t.
Within their personality is a need to remove suffering and help those around them at all times.
When they get the email from a Russian with no gas they just have to reply, giving their trust to those who least deserve it.
3. THE VULNERABLE
The vulnerable person is generally the internet newcomer who acts like a duck out of water.
As a net noob they know very little, believing everything they are told and questioning nothing.
In fact, even if they do have doubts, they may well feel too embarrassed to say so for fear of being ridiculed.
Such people are quite obviously targets for scammers.
Do you fit into any of the 3 categories above or do you feel that you are wise enough and sufficiently balanced that you would never fall for any type of scam???