Innovative ways to fool people
In the mid-19th century, Abraham Lincoln uttered:
"You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you cant fool all of the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln"
I don't think there ever was a finer saying about human nature. Most people are gullible by default, that's a fact of life, and this gullibility is what a lot of cyber-criminals use to swindle virtual goods out of their owners. In this SecurityFocus.com article, Scott Granneman looks at recent events happening in the digital world where people have been fooled in increasingly innovative ways.
It seems that modern cyber-criminals have learned a thing or two from the Confederates of old. No subterfuge is too old not to see itself reborn in a modern setting, and it seems that while you can't fool all the people all the time, sometimes fooling people enough of the time will still net a bad guy plenty of money.