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Social vulnerabilities a lightning rod for scams

People are more prone to falling prey to scams when they are going through challenging times

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It is a mother's worst nightmare. You receive a photo or a video clip of your child, in trouble. He is in an accident or perhaps snatched by strangers. You are told that to secure his safety, you need to transfer money over, pronto.

Caught up in panic, you may just do so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 05, 2022, with the headline Social vulnerabilities a lightning rod for scams. Subscribe