Graham Cluley
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Scam, spelt on keyboard. Image from Shutterstockreader Mark has been in touch, forwarding us a spam email that he received.

Here’s what Mark said:

"I got this email this morning in my junk mail and I thought it was interesting because

a) it plays on the fact that people are now familiar with the idea that they might be scammed

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and b) they're advocating that you contact somebody from the UN via his... err.. Chinese Yahoo! address. You probably see a million like this but jeeeeeez."

Personally, I’m surprised that Mark didn’t comment on the arresting subject line used by the scammers. It would certainly make many folks stop for a second, and maybe click to read more.

419 scam

It’s true that more and more email scams appear to reference the commonly encountered scourge of bogus lottery emails, fictional inheritances and other advance fee frauds that are frequently filed under the title “Letters from Nigeria”.

If something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is – even if the people trying to dupe you are themselves warning about online scammers!

Although you may not be duped by such messages, it’s perfectly possible that you know someone elderly or vulnerable who might be. Always be on the lookout on their behalf, as a surprising number of easily exploited people have become financial victims in the past.

Scam spelt out on keyboard image from Shutterstock.

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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