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Monday, June 06, 2005

Just because you have a PHD doesn't make you smart.

From our OIT department came a lengthy e-mail about the SPAM that gets through the filters:
Can I really get $50 million from that bank in Nigeria?

As the saying goes, "If it is too good to be true..." and I hope you know the rest. Basically, no one is ever going to give a complete stranger millions of dollars. This is just another deceptive email that entices the victim into providing up-front or advance fess with a promise of a large portion of money. The perpetrators almost always use a sense of urgency and forge official looking documents. UTA does receive a number of these types of email scams each day and although OIT is working hard to stop them it is almost impossible to stop them all. If you should be the recipient of a malicious email the best practice is to just delete it.

I have always claimed that a PHD is not a strong signal of intelligence or common sense. I truly hope nobody at this or any other university has fallen for this particular scam. However, where there is smoke...

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