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Global Threat Report-April 2011 Feature Report: 419s Still a la Mode


After being around for years (hundreds of years, if you trace it back through the ancient Spanish Prisoner scam), and with relatively few different twists to the main plot, I'd imagine by now that pretty much everyone would recognize 419 scams and stay well away from the "reply" button. But while reports on the actual damage done by these are, as much as everything else in dealing with cybercrime, estimations and guesswork, the persistence with which these emails keep coming, suggests someone must still be finding them a worthwhile effort.

Just recently a very stereotypical 419 was put together, using the Libyan crisis as bait and "government funds" as hook. Yep, every time a dictator is deposed or dies, someone seizes the opportunity to offer his fortune.

Tags : eset, global threat report, april 2011, 419, scam, cybercrime
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Published:  May 16, 2011
Length:  10
Type:  White Paper