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By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

Robocalls: The new 'wild west'

'FOR THE SANITY OF OUR CELL PHONES'

 

June 6, 2019

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The evolution of digital scammers is a far cry from one of its earliest incarnates - the infamous "Nigerian prince" con.

Over a decade ago, harrowed by the incessant, screeching pitches and beeps of AOL dial-up, you'd log in to your computer and find "you've got mail" from a man claiming to be a descendant of royalty. He offers you a chunk of his "great fortune"- but only if you fork over your bank account numbers for a "seamless transference of funds."

The Nigerian prince shtick hasn't died out entirely, but it's taken a backseat to the more sophisticated scams seen in 2019, particularly t...



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