Charlotte Cowles’s $50,000 Scam Article, Anyone Can Become a Victim

“You must follow my directions very carefully. We do not have much time.”

These are some of the words scammers used to influence and ultimately defraud Charlotte Cowles, a financial columnist at New York Magazine, in an elaborate imposter scam that cost Cowles and her family $50,000. In this one line alone, there are two classic tactics of social engineering schemes present: fear, and time-pressure. “If you don’t cooperate, I cannot keep you safe. It is your choice.”

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