in a while, all of us will receive an email from
strangers, telling us how to make lots of money,
if only we would follow their directions. Now
and then we would be tempted into thinking that
perhaps there is nothing too morally wrong about
taking money off a corrupt Nigerian officer, and
we shall then live happily ever after.
cheaters use Email too. In the thirteen
most common fraud compiled by the Police,
four are conducted over email. Please take a look
at that webpage, so you can tell friends what
are the most common cheat scheme in Hongkong.
to do about them?
one, trust the offers as much as you would towards
cheaters trying to sell you wonder drugs, model
agency, and gold rings, as depicted in Police
TV commercials. Tricks need not be new, if only
they are accepted.
you don't want to spend time to get even with
these cheaters, just delete their email to end
the trouble. Just like a cheater approached you
on the street and you ignored them.
you are a good netizen (network citizen) and want
to do something to reduce such scam (most often
from overseas) from coming into CUHK, thanks.
First you need to find out who really sent it
to you. Do not rely on the From: or Sender: info,
because scammers know you will use them, so most
such info are forged and must not be trusted.
procedures are a bit complicated. You must use
a smart email analyser (e.g. www.spamcop.net)
who can read the headers of your email, analyse,
and tell you which ISP the scammer used to send
the scam. Then you can complain accordingly, to
that ISP, and most responsible ISP (including
yahoo and hotmail) will act to remove cheaters,
if only enough of us take the time to complain.
detail procedure of using www.spamcop.net
has been documented at http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/itsc/howto/reportspam,
please follow it if you have trouble going through
internet users consider (perhaps correctly) that
these scams are actually crime, so they actually
report them to the Police, who by now are very
familiar with Email scams. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want to do it over the net.
but not least, discuss these scam with your friends,
so they may not fall into these traps, and if
they have good ideas how to fight email scam,
please share them with us.