Multiply multilingual – Email scams aren’t just from Nigeria

They used to be called “Letters from Nigeria”, but it’s not such a good name these days. Because they can come from any corner of the world, in a multitude of languages.

Many of us are all too familiar with the emails we can receive out of the blue, suggesting that a fortune is within our grasp.

Unfortunately, just as there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there’s also plenty of scammers out there waiting to take advantage of you with fake lotteries and false inheritances.

Here, for instance, is an email I recently received telling me that I had won a lottery.

The email to me (an Englishman) explains (in Norwegian) that I have won a prize in a lottery (held in Madrid).

Have you got your head around that? Good.

Don’t let the fact that you never entered the lottery disturb you, or let a question mark raise its ugly head with the thought of why such a big lottery winner would receive the exciting…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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