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A winning streak

According to many nice men with African sounding names who represent various well know companies and lotteries, I have several million pounds coming my way. All I have to do is send them a few personal details, a sample of my DNA and all my PIN numbers and my life will become worry free. Boy, am I tempted. Not.

Yes, the number of 419 scam emails dropping into my mail box has tripled recently. Most are caught as spam, but one or two get through the net and some are almost written well enough to be convincing. Just as well that I know English better than most of these types, but I pity those with less knowledge of the English language. I bet many non-mother tongue English speakers end up being caught in the traps of these dubious types.

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Life on the dark side of the WWW. Not nice, and increasing. Potentially the rewards of cyber crime are galactic and I wonder just how many have been tempted onto the murky side of something which can provide so many people with so much.

As is often the case, the few will ruin things for the majority, and the freedom which the WWW enjoys at present is likely to be all but eliminated in the future. But I hope not.

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