Is this *your* passport being used by email scammers?

Chances are that you see your fair share of email scams.

You know the kind of thing – “you have won a Euro lottery” (not that you ever entered it), “you have been identified as the heir to a gigantic fortune” (not that you’re really related to the deceased individual) or simply “millions of dollars have fallen into our lap following the death of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi, would you look after it for us?”

Normally I simply delete the emails. But a couple of weeks ago I received an email from “Karen Shaw” and decided to respond.

Here’s what the email said:

Although she didn’t reveal it in her opening email, a subsequent conversation revealed that Karen had a financial problem. Although she was waiting…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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