Am I dead? Nigerian 419 scammer wants to know

Graham Cluley

Of course, it’s a Nigerian 419 scam and the intention is – ultimately – to trick me into handing over personal information (such as driving license and passport details) and possibly paying them a advance before they (fingers crossed!) transfer millions into my bank account.. but what a wonderful subject line!


You may not fall for email scams like this – but it’s possible that there are more vulnerable and trusting people in your circle who would. Make sure everyone you know is on the lookout for online fraudsters.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.