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Internet Users Still Getting Scammed, Survey Says

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Despite numerous warnings from security firms and financial institutions, nine percent of U.S. Internet users have lost money due to e-mail scams, according to a recent survey.

In a study of 791 users commissioned by antispam firm Mirapoint, market research firm The Radicati Group found that the most received scams were prescription drug offers, financing services, phishing e-mails and pornography.

Also prevalent was the Nigerian fraud scam, in which the sender purports to be a deposed member of royalty who needs a place to stash his money. The sender proposes use of the recipient's bank account.

"Users need to be educated, and stop clicking through on this stuff," said Dave Jevans, chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group .

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