MySpace user stung for £130,000 in email scam

Graham Cluley

Minutes after blogging about the Canadian guy who has lost his friends and family a tidy sum after falling for an email scam, Clu-blog reader @MerseyMal tipped me off about a similar story affecting a British MySpace user.

Shane Symington lost over £130,000 after being contacted by a woman based in Nigeria via MySpace. The two struck up a friendship in the summer of 2007, and after a while the woman began to ask for money to help her sick mother.

The woman eventually told the 32-year-old postman from Southsea, Hampshire, that her mother had died and asked for his help in paying for her funeral.

And this is where the story gets particularly sad. It transpired that the Nigerian woman was in fact a man, who had been lying to obtain money from Symington. Symington then began to…

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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.