As curious social animals, humans are more trusting of people than we should be – especially when we're dealing with people over the phone, email or via SMS, in the absence of body language.
Australians have lost more than $76 million to fraud so far this year. These are the tactics that online offenders use to dupe their victims.
A number of factors – from our eagerness to place trust in people to our overconfidence in our own intelligence – make us easy prey.
A new scam tricks families based overseas into paying a ransom for Chinese students in Australia who have supposedly been kidnapped.
Lotto scamming — a criminal enterprise largely targeting elderly Americans — is lucrative in western Jamaica, where it is thought to be behind 50 percent of all area murders last year.