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UK Surfers Suffer Internet Scams

Posted: 03rd May, 2005 By: MarkJ
YouGov reports that, of the 2,000 people surveyed, 48% had received e-mails that attempted to defraud them of personal and or bank details. What's worse are the numbers that have been successfully tricked:

Five percent of those surveyed said they had lost money to scams, such as rogue diallers, 419 scams — which claim to offer the recipient the chance to share a large amount of cash, in exchange for their bank details and often a 'handling fee' — and identity theft emails, also known as phishing scams.

A quarter of respondents were unaware they could be liable for money they lost by providing their details to an online fraudster. A further 15 percent did not know who would be liable.

Forty percent admitted to never reading the terms and conditions of their bank account, with those aged over 50 the least likely to have done so.

The ZDNet item helps to highlight the seriousness of the problem and although 5% may seem small, it's still 5% too much.
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