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Not every scam
I hear about is as real or widespread as you might think.

I regularly
receive panicked warnings on social media about some new virus or con game
that’s going around and while these might be inaccurate, I tend to think it’s a
good thing that people share possible dangers in order to protect each other.

That being said,
a friend recently sent me a questionable scam story that was doing the rounds
online and I thought it would be worth discussing how we can better understand
and assess potential threats.

The Stolen Handbag Scam

The online
warning had been passed around Facebook and Twitter about a new scam that was
targeting women who were living on their own.

The story went
like this:

A woman put
her purse (handbag) in the child seat of her shopping trolley. While walking
around the supermarket, someone waited until she was distracted then stole her
wallet from her bag.

Quickly
noticing, the woman reported the theft…

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