Would you fall for one of the most common computer scams?

9 May 2013

Of course you wouldn’t. You are a Bitterwallet reader and you are therefore intelligent, erudite and cultured. However, quite a lot of people out there seem to be rather cranially-challenged following a Which! survey of 1,000 people to see who fell for which technological scam. It’s no wonder the scams just keep coming.

1.            Computer security clangers. 30% of people would fall for those pesky popups that tell you have a virus and you need to download this dodgy internet executable file to ‘repair’ it. Idiots.

2.            Phishing. Obviously people don’t (often) fall for the emails coming from the bank they don’t bank with, but 10% of respondents have failed to notice that HSBC email has actually come from the email address [email protected]

3.            You’ve won the lottery. No, no you haven’t. Ten percent of people let greed cloud their common sense and would hand over their bank details to win a prize from a draw they hadn’t entered. It would be a miracle to win the lottery, but a physical impossibility to win one you didn’t buy a ticket for.

May is actually Scams Awareness Month, an initiative by Citizen’s Advice and Trading Standards, so why not take five minutes this month and save an idiot from themselves. You could thrust this consumer advice under their nose, or tell them about all 27 scams outlined in this Guardian article. Either way, if you weren’t one of the 22,000 people who complained about a scam last year, you can pat yourself on the back, safe in the knowledge that there is definitely someone dafter than you out there.

TOPICS:   Scams   How To Guides


  • Dick
    I wasn’t aware that May was Scams Awareness Month. Wait a minute, that’s a scam isn’t it!
  • Jack (.
    If you want to be extra cautious, then leave me your bank details and I will add them to the UK Consumer Protection Database (UK CPDB). It's a free service.
  • Clunge
    Yeah, all these scammers make people really cynical, which makes it really unfortunate for the people who are genuinely trying to help you. For example, when Prof. Sammy Abugoobrtada emailed to tell me that he was trying to send me my 50% share of the USD 1,000,000,000 left by his dead cousin in Nigeria I was initially suspicious because of all the dodgy stuff you hear about. But thankfully I took the risk and paid the £7,500 release fee, and am now just awaiting the funds clearing customs.
  • JasminehatesNewBarnet
    Bitterwallet is a scam and make all their stories up. All their writers are actually the one person, an evil mastermind called Scam Thewlis who has a range of puppets on his desk and he types with their puppet fingers on a pc. He gave the puppets names, Lucy Sweet is anything but, and Mof Gimmers is a made up name influenced by American bit part actors and 1982 metal guitarists. Thought I would clear this up.

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