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Almost 10% of adults - more than 4m people - in Britain say they have responded to a scam in their lives, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
Almost a half of those who did respond to a scam had lost more than £50, while 5% lost more than £5,000.
The OFT said 73% of adults had received a scam e-mail in the past year.
Some 6,500 people are also receiving letters from the authorities warning them that their names are on a "sucker list" being circulated by fraudsters.
That's a huge number falling for these scams. Isn't it time this sort of thing was tought to kids at schools, so they can go and educate their parents about how not to be scammed.
In all seriousness though, there is a certain mindset that makes people vulnerable to these schemes. It is not just the old "too good to be true" adage, there is an attitude of entitlement that allows people to be led down the garden path.
I find I have little tolerance for the scammers or the scammees...
...5,718 people were surveyed online by YouGov in January 2010.