Video: Microsoft Created Real-Life ‘Nigeria Scam Letters’ – Teaches New Yorkers A Lesson

by Klaus on August 11, 2010

in Phishing

We continue to see videos like the one below, popping up every now and then and sometimes also as part of certain promotions, but there’s a reason for it – people continue to be stupid when it comes to giving up personal information that should have been kept personal, at all times.

In the video below, Microsoft did the “Nigeria scams” in real life, by setting up a fake bank and a fake business. People happily gave up their personal information with the incentive to make some money.

Have a look…

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Evan August 11, 2010 at 19:42

I used to think only idiots fell for this stuff, but I had a reminder yesterday about how easy it is to fall for this, if you haven’t encountered it before. A friend of mine was telling me about a lawyer friend of his who, many many years ago, represented a person who was dealing with someone who (unbeknown to the client and lawyer) was a Nigerian scammer. This was back before anyone had even heard of these scams, so nobody had any clue at the outset that it was a scam, although I think they caught on pretty early in the process. Still, it changed my thinking a bit, and made me realize that falling for something like this has everything to do with lack of education and experience, and not, as I used to think, with intelligence or common sense.

That said, funny video πŸ™‚ (“boxer or briefs?”
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[email protected] Services Delhi August 13, 2010 at 10:28

Thanks for sharing very useful post. In India many peoples like me received lottery spam or company lucky draw email spam we should share our personal detail with such spams. πŸ™‚


article submissions August 24, 2010 at 12:16

Thanks for sharing this post. you highlight a real life’s real point……….


Anthony Lloyd August 25, 2010 at 05:03

My uncle had a friend who fell for this. It was one of the saddest stories I’ve ever heard.

He also fell for the Erik Estrada buy land in Arizona scam that is going on now.

Some people just believe everything they see on television or read in an e-mail. Scammers live for people like this.


Udegbunam Chukwudi September 8, 2010 at 16:07

AWESOME! I’ll be sharing these with video with my readers come Friday. It just goes to show that greed always wins over common sense πŸ˜‰
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Klaus September 8, 2010 at 16:13

Sure, please do! The more people who are aware that such scams exists, the less people will probably end up being caught. And thanks for the retweet πŸ™‚
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Udegbunam Chukwudi September 8, 2010 at 16:48

Anytime πŸ˜‰
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