Hello mein Scammer

Graham Cluley

We’ve discussed before the threat of emails from pretty girls looking for love on the internet.

If you make the mistake of responding to unsolicited declarations of love online you may be telling a spammer that your email address is active. But what’s worse – it can lead to a confidence trick that sees the victim building up a bogus “relationship” with their new electronic acquaintance and ultimately handing over money or personal information, perhaps to pay for an air ticket.

Today I wanted to highlight that this is not just an English language phenomenon. We have, for instance, seen today a scam email spammed out in German.

The email claims that the sender is from a 28-year-old woman called Maria who, although currently based in Canada, hails from Kazakhstan. She explains that her parents died in an airplane crash, and that she wants to settle down in Germany, and will send…

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, or drop him an email.