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Maryam Abacha rides again: yes, Virginia, there IS a Sani-ty Clause!*

419 (Advance Fee Fraud) scams aren’t amusing to the victim, but the chutzpah of a dictator’s wife claiming her $700m Swiss bankroll back is worth a chortle.

Threat Reports and other Information

Information about the August Global Threat Report and where to find other ESET resources

Close call with a Caribbean cruise line scam

In the middle of working on a blog post about SMS phishing scams at my desk last night, I received a rather strange call.  The number displayed on the Caller ID was +1 (360) 474-3925.  I did not recognize the number, but since it was 7:10PM, I assumed it was a colleague trying to reach

Press One if by LAN, Two if by Sea

At ESET, we spend a great deal of time researching the latest technologies and how they may be affected by frauds and scams. Sometimes these are “old fashioned” spam through email, or they may be programs like fake antivirus programs or ransomware. And we certainly have blogged extensively about PC support scams where the caller

How to recognize a PC support scam

Pointers on how to recognize PC support/coldcalling/ammyy.com/logmein.com scams before you hand over any cash.

Irish 419-er seeks Spanish Lady

ESET Ireland’s Urban Schrott has found an Ireland-targeted 419 with a Spanish twist.

Cybercrime Corner Revisited

You may be aware that Cameron Camp and I regularly write articles for SC Magazine's Cybercrime Corner: here here's a catch-up list of the most recent, in the hope that you might find them of use and interest. At any rate, it'll give some idea of the range of content covered. Ten years later, still the same

419: UK lets the Good Times Roll

…It’s a 419 (Advance Fee Fraud) message, of course. Stripped of the pseudo-governmental flim-flam, the core of the message is that they want you to forward them this…

Scams and the Beautiful Game

We like to give you plenty of warning when we suspect that something unpleasant is coming down the pike, even if it’s just one of those likely bursts of Black Hat SEO (web search poisoning) that come with a media-friendly event. Still, I suspect that if I told you we expect lots of malicious activity

Cybercrime corner

… I haven’t recently posted any pointers to our content on SC Magazine’s Cybercrime Corner, and now might be a good time to recap on what Randy and I have been posting there this month (so far…) …

April: that’s so last month

April? Haven't we moved on from there? Well, yes, but ESET's ThreatSense report for April does include, apart from some information on the top ten threats for the month, a feature article by Urban Schrott on the far-from-dead 419 scam, some information on recent and upcoming events such as the AMTSO workshop (which I've just attended: much more information on

Here’s my support desk!

got a phone call from a gentleman with a pronounced accent wanting to help me with my virus problem … You didn’t know I had a virus problem? Neither did I, but he assured me that I was spraying malware all over the part of town I live and work in.

Facebook and 419s

…I know that Facebook has various countermeasures for dealing with the even more various types of fraud that Facebook users are subjected to. Does it really believe that those measures are so effective, no fraudulent message can ever get through?

Icelandic 419, Smoke, Ashes, and Mirrors

I've just blogged at a site that specializes in chainletter-related spam and scams about a 419-type spam  that masquerades as an email from the non-existent Frank Adam at the Civil Aviation Authority.,It's aimed at people whose air travel was disrupted by the Icelandic volcano, specifically those who found themselves stranded somewhere on mainland Europe. However, I thought

“Londoning”: Mugs and Muggings Revisited

Last summer (June 2009), I posted about an example of a very common scam that relies on the scammer gaining access to someone else's email or Facebook account, then sending messages to all their contacts claiming that they've been mugged while abroad on business or vacation, and need their friends to send them some money

Advance Fee Fraud: Another Aspect

When we think Advance Fee Fraud (AFF) we usually think in terms of the 419-type scams often associated with Nigeria, though similar frauds actually come from all over. You know the sort of thing: the banker, or the wife or son or daughter of a defunct dictator or benevolently inclined millionaire plane-crash victim wants to share their

Hounded by 419s

And it's a big hello to Lisa Presley. Or, at least, Lisa the owner of an English bulldog called Presley, who even has his own web site (in fact, at least two). Not, I presume, LIsa Marie Presley, formerly associated with assorted defunct rock stars.    Sorry to hear about your recently deceased husband, dear

Hotmail’s Delay May Facilitate Fraud

I received an email from an acquaintance this morning. It said: Please Urgent Needed Hello,   How are you doing?hope all is well, I"m sorry that i didn’t inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar.I need a favor from you as soon as you receive this e-mail because i misplaced my wallet

Mugs and Muggings, Scams and Facebook

The estimable Gadi Evron has posted an article at DarkReading about a dialogue he was caught up in on Facebook. One of his contacts popped up in a Facebook Chat window and told him how she’d been been held at gunpoint and robbed in London, losing her credit card, cash and mobile phone. Well, having

Phishing Victims

Responding to a request for information about phishing and malware distribution mechanisms this morning, I happened upon a link on the Anti-Phishing Working Group site to the Silver Tail blog  The site has been running a series of blogs on "Online Fraud from the Victim’s Perspective". Author Laura Mather tells the story of two victims,

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