Avery Otto commented on my observations on sympathy hoaxes at https://chainmailcheck.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/information-week-seven-fantastic-internet-hoaxes with a link to her own blog article at http://www.dynamicalsoftware.com/cogenuity/PortalAbout.php?id=24 about her personal experience of an ugly form of fraud that is often referred to as Londoning.
The reason for that will be quite clear if you read Avery’s blog in conjunction with one I put up recently for ESET at http://www.eset.com/blog/2010/03/23/londoning-mugs-and-muggings-revisited.
Thanks, Avery. It makes an issue more real somehow if it’s described by someone who’s had some first-hand experience of it. And it’s as well to keep in mind that there’s more than one kind of sympathy hoax.
David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
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