Nigerian 419 scams: some fun with Wordle

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you Wordled yet?

Wordle is a fun little web app that will take a bunch of words or an RSS feed and convert it into an (often beautiful) word cloud. It’s a fun way to spend an idle few minutes.

I was messing around with it for a while, and wondered what 419 scams (the notorious “Letters from Nigeria” that plague many people’s inboxes, trying to con you out of money) would like in a word cloud. So, I took about 25 randomly picked scam emails and shoved them into Wordle.

Here’s what I ended up with..

I’m surprised that Nigeria wasn’t a more commonly used word. Mind you, my sample size was very small. Maybe it would have been more significant if I had used many more examples of email scams.

I also gave Wordle the…

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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.