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Ferris Research, which does analysis of the technology and business of e-mail, is reporting a new Nigerian scam based on the old "Spanish Prisoner" con. Read this and be on the lookout for signs of it.
Here's the basic scenario:
[*] The scammer forges a message to a Hotmail user supposedly from Hotmail (it could be any such system, but they're using Hotmail). The message says that their account is about to expire and to click the included link to prevent it from going off-line. Of course the link goes to a rogue site that steals your password.
[*] They change the password on the account so you can't get in.
[*] They send out a message to everyone in the address book with a plea for help: you're stuck in Nigeria without a passport or money. Please wire money!
Watch out for messages from either end of this scam.
Joined: 24 Apr 2007
Location: Nu Zilund
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:51 am
The "Phish n Scam". Quite a clever idea unfortunately, I guess if you got an email from someone on your contact list you knew pretty well you'd be way more likely to believe them than if you got the same email from someone random.
Joined: 13 Dec 2006
Location: Back under the cold shower
Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:50 am
I got that exact on for Yahoo yesterday, it does actually look professional. The only problem was they'd used the christmas themed Yahoo lettering which stood out like a sore thumb.
_________________ I will kiss you romance u,suck and penetrate u - Williams Muyeke
now am as poor as a church rat - Lou1s Mar1on
I AM FINANCIALLY DEAD RIGHT AWAY - Louis in Accra
u can keep sending money to Gomer and leave me alone - Agent Smith cracks up
Lou1s Mar1on - Lagos to Accra (satellite IP) - "so, what i need to do to get out of these place?"
- 18 mths: Louis
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