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Turning the tables on Nigerian email scammers

Surveillance of accounts belonging to e-mail scammers.
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The email protection group Agari announced the results of an ambitious and — they promise us — legal project to surveil 78 email accounts belonging to so-called Nigerian scammers, both to rescue victims and study the practice. "We’re using social engineering on them the way they have used it on other people," Markus Jakobsson of Agari told Axios.

Why it matters: Studies have examined data provided by victims of Nigerian scams, but this is the first to look at data collected on the other end.