Nigerian Scam Emails Are Designed to Be Dumb

By | June 23, 2012

Source: Security News Daily

by Paul Wagenseil

I thought this was an interesting analysis on this type of social engineering.

In this article “Here’s a modern-day question: Why are Nigerian con-man emails so obvious?

Because that makes sure only stupid people will respond to them, says Microsoft security analyst Cormac Herley in a newly released research paper.

“Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical,” Herley writes in the introduction to his paper. “Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage.”

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