Spam from sexy girls with boy’s names

Graham Cluley

I’ve written before on the Clu-blog after mysterious Eastern European women contacting me out of the blue, and very keen to make my acquaintance. Typically they’re interested in having a relationship, and have kindly attached a picture of themselves.

I shouldn’t have to tell you that these are scams – designed to fool you (ultimately) into sending the woman (if the sender really is a woman at all) money or handing over bank account information.

What amuses me, however, is how the scammers could oh-so-easily increase their chances of success.

Take the following example, for instance:

25-year-old blonde Lenka thinks that you are registered on the same “acquaintance” website as her. However, she doesn’t seem to know what your name is, your age, or where you live, and doesn’t seem to have even seen a photograph of you. It makes you wonder how she singled you out for attention doesn’t it?

I especially like…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.