Man loses $150,000 in London terror email scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A 22-year-old man from Southern Ontario says he owes his friends and family an astonishing CDN $150,000 after he fell victim to an international email scam.

Unemployed Canadian John Rempel told journalists that in 2007 he opened an email claiming that a distant relative had died in a terrorist bombing in London, England.

The scam, which was possibly related to one I reported on back in 2005, told Rempel that a victim of the London terror bombing had left CDN $12.8 million (approximately £7 million) to his next of kin.

Rempel was apparently fooled into believing that the email was legitimate as the “attorney” contacting him said he believed in God and was a regular churchgoer. The gullible 22-year-old did not hesitate in forwarding thousands of dollars in…

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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.