David Hannum underestimated humanity greatly when he claimed a sucker was born every minute, we are now up to one every 15 seconds and accelerating. Online scammers continue doing what they are doing because it works, even those who should know better regularly share personal details online which make scammers lives much easier. It is not just those suspicious phone calls, texts or websites; many people's social media feeds are a cornucopia of personal information which allow scammers to profit off of your money. The problem is only getting worse, in the UK The Register reports that losses in 2015 were £755m, 26% more than 2014. A quick search reveals that the trend applies to the US as well.
You've heard it before and will hear it again, take a second to ask yourself if you really should be sharing what you are about to post before you send it.
"Between January and June 2016 there were 1,007,094 fraud cases in the UK compared to 660,308 in the first six months of 2015. Each case represents a card or account attacked, not an individual person."
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