Stupid People and Scams

I got a text message a couple of days ago. It read:

[Amazon] Your account has been deactivated. Please update your personal details. https://www.uam-zon.shop

I clicked on the link knowing that it was a scam. I landed on a page that had looked like an Amazon page — except that it was an obvious fake. I filled in all the required information — email address, postal address, credit card  number, expiration date of CC and the 3-digit security number at the back of the card.

Scammers (probably Nigerians) keep doing this sort of thing. I suspect that they must be getting some returns. Perhaps around 1 in 1000 attempts results in a hit. The reason bad people often thrive is because there are sufficient number of stupid people. Continue reading