...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...
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...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?
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
A memo to Middle- East Asia Promotion. Thank you for letting me know that I’ve won $720,000.00 in a promotion sponsored by Dell and the Emirates Foundation. Four days running: nothing suspicious about that, nor the fact that my wife has apparently won the same amount in the same promotion every day for the past
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The sad truth is that scammers and fraudsters don't have any conscience, and are prepared to do anything if it might net them a rich reward. So it's no surprise to see them taking advantage of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.
Recently it was announced that Satya Nadella will be Steve Ballmer’s successor as CEO of Microsoft. Of course for the cybercriminals this is the time to dust off and polish the good old Microsoft Lottery scam and update it.
There are plenty of scams effective enough to rate a warning or three, in the hope of alerting potential victims to the kind of gambit they use. And so, even though much of ESET’s business is focused on the bits and bytes of malicious software, I’ve spent a lot of time writing on WeLiveSecurity and
The new ESET blog format must be striking a real chord with people. At any rate, job offers are just pouring in. Except that they don't seem to be jobs for security bloggers, or for web developers like the team that maintains this site.
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.
I was quoted last month in an article at PC Retail (http://www.pcr-online.biz/features/305/The-truth-about-cyber-crime), which is nice. However, I just came across the notes I made at the time of the original enquiry/interview, most of which wasn’t used, so here are my full responses to the questions Andrew Wooden asked, in case they’re of interest. (Actually, they’re slightly expanded and I’ve
There are some civilizations that revere their elders for their wisdom. Unfortunately, I don’t live in one of them. In others, old people are quietly abandoned on ice floes or the sides of mountains when they start to take more from the community than they contribute towards it. I guess I’m reaching the age where I should
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,
…no promise of chicks for free, but I did get spam this morning offering me a “Free-Trial kit” for some scheme for “making money through the Internet by doing almost nothing” (probably some sort of pyramid scheme, I guess, updated with a reference to using Google). While I’m not about to take up the offer, I