nigerian scam update
Today's ZDNet AchnorDesk column was devoted to the infamous Nigerian spam emails that seem to crop up in my inbox on a weekly basis. Columnist David Coursey noted that while his audience of Internet-savvy users might quickly dismiss the email as a scam, people do get suckered to the tune of a reported US$150 million--and that's just what's been reported. Coursey also cited reports that some have even lost their lives when they traveled to Africa to "pick up the money," a development I hadn't heard before (and unfortunately the email Coursey quoted didn't offer attribution). One poster to the comment thread directed readers to his Web site, International Investigation Services, which maintains a database of the so-called 419 scams.