ACM SIGGRAPH's DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC)
Hi, I received the following message in my inbox:
"Complement of the season and happy new year in advance Please reply back at ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) It's so important.
Since I did not know what it was, I replied with a greeting. It was then that I received this message in my email:
Does anyone know what that means?
a fast search online http://419.bittenus.com/index.htm
Have you ever received an email from a stranger in Nigeria promising you millions of dollars? - You should just delete it, because it is a pack of lies.
However, some people answers them, and they soon find out that they have to pay some fee in order to get the millions. Then comes the second fee, and the third fee, etc etc. No one has ever received the millions, but many have lost a lot of money, and some have even got killed.
This so called "Advance Fee Fraud" has become an industry in Nigeria, and the surrounding countries. Another common name is "419 fraud" after Section 419 of the Nigerian Penal code, the section that specifically prohibits this type of crime.
The fraud is difficult to stop, but we can have some fun, and have the criminals use their time in vain. That is called scambaiting.
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