Second passport for South Africans? It’s spam of the day

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Here’s a spam message I received today:

Spam message


Hi. Why the caps? And just “Graham” would be fine.

    Do you find ONLY having a South African passport limiting?

I don’t have a South African passport, but I haven’t found its absence very limiting.

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    Do you find your travel choices abroad restricting and visa applications frustrating?

Not particularly.

    Do you have an exit strategy if South Africa becomes the next Zimbabwe?

An exit strategy from where? The UK? No, I haven’t really thought about it.

    Do you feel like you are paying too much tax in South Africa?

Any tax I’m paying in South Africa is definitely too much.

When I clicked on the link I was taken to a page on a build-your-own-form website which insisted I hand over my full name, email address, cellphone number, age, family income, and location before it would share any more information.

Webpage form

I chose not to share any of my personal information – and not just because I’m not based in South Africa.

If these spammers want to get a higher return on their email campaign they might want to try targeting just South African internet users in future.

Be careful out there.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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