Beware of the “Good Samaritan” advance fee scam

By | June 20, 2012

Source: Help Net Security

by Zeljka Zorz

In this article “419 scams have at one time been so prevalent, that the majority of Internet users were faced with at least one per week. We thought we have seen it all: inheritances from African princes, lotteries, or random strokes of luck.

The onslaught of these fraudulent mails has somewhat diminished since then, but every now and again a curious new approach is unearthed – as evidenced by Sophos’ Graham Cluley.

He received an email from a certain “Karen Shaw” that piqued his interests. It said that she lives in New York, that she has lost her husband and three kids in an accident, and that since then, she could not “gain” herself.”

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