India Uncut

This blog has moved to its own domain. Please visit for the all-new India Uncut and bookmark it. The new site has much more content and some new sections, and you can read about them here and here. You can subscribe to full RSS feeds of all the sections from here. This blogspot site will no longer be updated, except in case of emergencies, if the main site suffers a prolonged outage. Thanks - Amit.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Scammed by a Nigerian

There's one thing that you can take for granted for common spam: people fall for them. If they didn't have victims, the costs of sending those mails, however negligible they may be, wouldn't be worth it for the spammers. So somewhere on the net there are people who want their thingies enlarged, who try to encash winning lottery tickets they never bought, who buy OEM software, and who help Ngbobe Obucha get his millions out of Nigeria. What are these people like, one wonders.

Well, the New Yorker relates the fascinating story of John W Worley, a psychotherapist from Massachusetts who was both victim and accomplice of a Nigerian email scam. I wonder if it's just a coincidence that Worley was a deeply religious man, for that would indicate a certain readymade gullibility. After all, if you are so eager to believe in one kind of fiction for your salvation...
amit varma, 4:33 PM| write to me | permalink | homepage

I recommend: