How you can make over $290 million a week through email scams

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I just took a couple of weeks off work. One of the nice things about not being self-employed, is that I get paid even while I’m on holiday. But imagine if I wasn’t? How would I find two pennies to rub together?

Well, don’t panic! For help is at hand from your email inbox.

I decided to check out the offers of money I received in one of my email accounts during just the last week. Note – this wasn’t my Sophos email account (so the number of financial offers I received is not indicative of my public email details being easy to find) , but another address that I keep for personal use.

First up was Mr William Anodu, who said that he would send me $5000 daily until I received a total of $850,000. All I had to do was send his associate, Dr Robert Gilton, a copy of my driving license. Brilliant!

The Federal Government of Royal Kingdom of Benin Republic offered to send me $15,500,000 (minus a $168 handling…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.