Never forget, not everyone is sucked into these scams out of greed, many are sucked in out of need. These criminals will take the last 3 dollars from a person that is trying to raise money for a life saving operation, and be happy they did.
Many are fooled because of sympathy and kindness. My family has been killed, Help Me - My children are dying, Help Me - An evil government is after me, Help Me.
No one deserves to lose everything they have simply because of a kind, caring heart and a trusting nature. Be sure everyone you love knows about the hundreds of variations of the Nigerian 419 and the thousands of other scams.
You must make sure (don't just assume they won't get hooked) they know what to do before they get their first "MY CHILDREN ARE DYING, HELP ME" email scam. Once a criminal gets their hooks into someone you care about, it is hard for them to admit they are being conned, even to you. They could lose everything they have worked for their entire life.
If you don't think your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or others will listen, encourage them to read this story from KATU TV in Portland, Oregon. You will notice that even her bank, law enforcement and her family combined couldn't stop her once she was hooked.