Help the prince

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The Nigerian Prince only wants to reward you for helping him out.

Seriously, if there actually is (now or in the future) a Nigerian Prince, who finds themselves unable to move money from their bank accounts, they will be so totally stuck.
It will be like the boy who cried wolf. No-one would believe that the request for help is true, since pretty much everyone in the world knows about the infamous “Nigerian Prince Money” email scam.

Yet, even though everybody seemingly knows of this scam, it still goes on.

Scam Detectives recently posted a very rare interview with a “Nigerian scammer” which is an interesting read.
The part I found so amazing, and at the same time, so appalling, is that he claimed these scammers still make “on average, about $7,500 (£4,600)” per victim.
Seriously? That is a ridiculous amount of money to be getting from people in this day and age, via a scam that I had believed a majority of people were aware of. But, obviously, many people are still in the dark about the scam.

To be fair, the swindle (officially known as a 419 scam in USA) has many variations on it’s core theme, which may confuse people.
We do hear reports of some people who are caught by these scams, such as here, but I am sure there are many others that work hard to keep it very quiet.

So, I would encourage you all to read about the most common scams of the past decade and then remember :  “Always think before you reply”

That is not email

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Sometimes helping your grandparents get online is REALLY awkward…

The generation gap can really kick in hard when trying to explain modern convienience and protocols to the generations that have come before us.
Just when they thought they had it all worked out and had gotten used to doing things a certain way, the whole game changes.

Now, if they want to connect to their grandchildren, they need to be net-savvy enough to use facebook and emails.
It is a mighty task to undertake, but well worthwhile in the end.
After all, the extra learning that is needed to understand what you need to do will help keep the neurons firing in the brain. Research now tells us that using your brain to learn substansial new things, will help hold off possible onsets of alzheimers and dementia.

In fact, in 2009, the Facebook Demographics and Statistics Report showed that in the USA, there was a 513% Growth in 55+ Year Old Users on Facebook.
The fastest growing Internet User demographic in 2009 were between the ages of 70 to 75, and estimates state that over Fifity-five percent of these senior citizens are now online, most with broadband capability.

That is so cool and I applaud any aged person giving the online realm a go.
I also truly hope that our elders have the gumption to speak up online and tell the young and stupid where they are going wrong. Possibly, by way of a long meandering story with no real point to it.