Don’t lose your Klingon inheritance. It’s spam of the day

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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If you ever wanted proof positive that the people who send out those “You are entitled to an inheritance payout” emails aren’t acting legitimately, then here it is.

Judging by an email we’ve received at Sophos – the scammers certainly don’t look at the email address that they’re sending their spam messages to.

Because we’ve received a message addressed to a Klingon, appearing to suggest that we might be the lucky recipient of an inheritance from a “late family member”.

Spam sent to Klingon email address

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My name is James Dillon, a solicitor based in United Kingdom. I am contacting you again to confirm if you received my previous letter to you regarding inheritance funds belonging to your late family member? I will like to assist you in accomplishing the claim process. Update me as soon as possible via email if you would like to proceed with the claim.

James Dillon.

Regular readers of Naked Security know that unsolicited emails like this should be treated with extreme caution, as it’s a common tactic of scammers.

Klingon toyNow, you might be asking yourself, why Sophos has an email address like [email protected].

Well, a couple of years ago we released a special free version of our software that had been professionally translated into the Klingon language.

Over 100,000 people downloaded it to scan their PCs for viruses, spyware, adware, Tribbles and zero-day threats, and invited users to contact us via the ‘Klingon’ email address. We certainly never shared it with anyone else – so it’s something of a surprise to find out that it’s now due a cash windfall.

Eventually, Sophos’s Klingon Anti-Virus had to be withdrawn due to complaints from the Klingon High Council – which must have been irritating for intergalactic users trying to prevent infection from Betazoid sub-ether porn diallers.

Sophos Klingon Anti-Virus may no longer available for download, but here’s a demo video, backed by an appropriately Klingon soundtrack, if you want to rekindle the memories.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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