Why do we keep getting that Nigerian money scam email? Who could possibly fall for it? One would think that by now, the gig wouldn’t work – people would be on to it – and those pesky spammers would move on to another scam. But alas, somebody out there must be falling for it. A recent national telephone survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania reveals some startling statistics about gullibility in all its splendor:
49% could not detect illegal “phishing”—the activity where crooks posing as banks send emails to consumers that ask them to click on a link wanting them to verify their account.