Wednesday 2 November 2005

Inside a 419 scam


You may have heard of "419 scams." You've almost certainly received spam containing a 419 come-on.

419s are also known as Advance Fee Fraud. It gets its name from section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code. The basic idea is that someone gains your trust, promises you lots of money, but needs you to cover a few expenses first. Naturally, they take the "expenses" and disappear.

We've all made the occasional slip-up in email -- sending things we didn't mean to send to people we didn't mean to send them to. Our 419 friends are no exception. Recently, we received the following email from Nigeria. It seems to be one scammer talking to another. Enjoy! [read more]

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