SCAMS

There’s No Nigerian Man Trapped in Space So Don’t Give Anyone Your Bank Account

Ground control to Major Tunde. (Photo: Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr;images courtesy TASS and NASA)

When was the last time you saw a good, old-fashioned Nigerian scam email? Well, it appears that a classic is making the rounds once more. No longer will mere banking-related slight of hand do the trick. Now, as VentureBeat reports, the scammers must invoke the Soviet space program.

The email at issue actually dates from 2004, but it’s recently resurfaced. The letter revolves around the sorry tale of Nigerian Air Force Major Abacha Tunde, purportedly stranded in outer space for a decade and a half: Read More

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Booting Up: Nigerian Scammers Edition

This is a Surface. (Photo: Microsoft)

Why do Nigerian scammers say they’re from Nigeria? A Microsoft researcher investigates. [Hacker News]

Now you can read through a user’s Twitter stream without all those annoying @ replies to randos clogging it up. [Twitter Blog]

Oops. Microsoft forgot to tell its PC partners about that little thing called the Surface tablet. [Reuters]

Facebook’s head of mobile told the audience at Le Web that the company is trying to copy Path. Cool story, bro. [TechCrunch]

The Daily Dot rounds up some of the more embarrassing moments in Reddit’s history. [Daily Dot]

LinkedIn is being sued for that unfortunate password hacking scandal. [VentureBeat]