(Late?-)arriving WOTYs

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Dec 30 04:12:43 UTC 2012

Apple-picking -- theft of iPods, iPads, iPhones, and other portable,
highly popular, and poorly-secured Apple devices.  Probably enhanced
by the earlier "low-hanging fruit", the things most easily picked.

Stranded-traveler scam -- Fraudulent impersonation as the target's
friend, presenting a story that you have been stranded somewhere
remote without funds to get home, for example as the result of an
assault and robbery, and asking for a loan from the target, usually
requested via Western Union, through which it is impossible to trace
the scammer and recover one's money.


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