The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over


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Some email scams—penis enlargement spam, “Nigerian prince” shakedowns—feel like they’ve been around almost as long as email itself. But the grifts have evolved significantly over the last decade, as scammers have learned that they can extract much bigger payouts from big businesses than lone victims. They’ve tallied billions of dollars in the last few years alone. In the 2020s, it’s only going to get worse.

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