Dealing with the dark side: How I was scammed out of $18,000 by a smart fraudster

Dr Malcolm Fisher

Every morning this week, I have received a scam by email — all from apparently reputable firms but with URLs containing a man’s name or a conglomeration of letters. Normally, these are easy to detect and obliterate.

In the early days of the internet, I was robbed rather than scammed. I found my credit card maxed out and my savings to pay my tax gone.