3 Types Of People Fall For Internet Scams – Are You One Of Them?

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 –

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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???

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. luciano says:

    I’ve got this mail on May 19th. The headline says CAREER BIULDER.COM

    Complete Job Description: You will post advertising ads in US newspapers and magazines, such as sales ads, employment ads or real estate ads. You will spend max. 2-4 hours weekly, in your spare time. You do NOT need special skills or degrees. The position is very easy and can be done by anyone without the necessity to leave your current job! If you ever placed an ad in one newspaper, is that easy.

    We are an Advertising company with headquarter in Europe, France. We need your services in US for the specified position, Classified Ads Poster.

    All you have to do is place the ads from home calling newspapers at toll free numbers or online, of course after you receive the content that must be posted from us and the money needed to post in newspapers. Almost all our ads are employment ads from various Europe companies that want to have ads in USA but we may also have ads from US companies that must place ads in Europe Newspapers. Yes, we’ll provide the money to post in newspapers. You will not use your money. Once you have our money for the ads in hand you will receive detailed info how to complete all tasks. You just have to call the newspaper and place the ad or to contact US or Canada advertising companies and place orders with them. Everything will be explained in detail every time. There will be 4-10 ads placed weekly, for each ad you post you are paid with $100, you will deduct your share from money we send you to post the ads.

    Requirements:

    – US Citizen

    – Computer with e-mail; Or Access to a computer to check your email few times daily

    – Important: Minimum age of 20

    – 2-3 hours free during the week (mainly in the evening / non-business hours) for communication;

    You will enjoy working from your computer, without needing employees or investments. You can earn a full-time income in as little as 2-3 hours/week, in your spare time. You will need no money to invest or memberships to pay, just fill the form below with your personal information and send it back to us by e-mail. Below Completed form will be reviewed and our manager will contact you same day:

    PERSONAL INFORMATION:

    First name, Last name:

    Full Address – NOT PO Box please:

    City, State, Postal Zip Code:

    Two E-mail addresses:

    Phone# :

    We will select newspapers from your US where the classified ads will be placed and will send you the funds to post. You must place the ads in max. 48 hours after you receive the money from us! This is the only condition we ask.

    How you are paid for your services: Like we specified, there will be 4-10 employment ads placed weekly, for each ad you post you are paid with $100, you will deduct your share from money we send you to post the ads.

    After 30 days of testing period we will sign by mail contract for long-term. We provide 1099 form at the end of each year. Job is very simple and all terms are clear, however, do not apply for this job if you are not responsible. Your agreement will be considered an USA binding contract, you cannot apply now and refuse to do your tasks later. You will be recorded as our Employee and we’ll pay taxes every time you will place an ad.

    Thank you

    • I’ve not had that specific email but I do receive a few like it each month and they get deleted straight away!

  2. People who fall for internet scams are just a little dumb in my opinion.

  3. I know a couple of people who have fallen for email scams and that was down to one thing. Pure greed.

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