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

Location Based

As Shuttle Flights End, Foursquare Sending One Lucky Check-In to Outer Space

A badge worth printing

Dennis Crowley is always saying that the original idea behind Dodgeball and Foursquare was to get people away from their computers. Checking in was a way to influence and encourage real world exploration.

Now Foursquare is partnering with ubiquitous mini-mart 7-11 to send one lucky user on a commercial space flight. The 888,888th person to log their location in front of the Slushee machine will win a free trip to the beyond. Read More