Latest Nigerian 419 Scam Targets Previously Victimized Individuals
According to F-Secure a security company, it has detected one fresh devious form of a Nigerian 419 e-mail scam that apparently justifies the most recent advance-fee fraud schemes, thus published Securitynews Daily in news on August 22, 2011.
Pretending to assist e-mail recipients who at an earlier period were victimized with Nigerian 419 scams, the new false electronic mails assert that they've been sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria as well as notifies recipients that with the aid of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank, Citibank Nigeria is maintaining a $50 credit for each victimized individual who suffered loss or destruction of funds.
Thereafter, the e-mails tell recipients that incase they've suffered monetary loss during a Nigerian 419 e-mail scam they are welcome to claim compensation through the payment of an appropriate fee. Securitynews Daily reported this.
Furthermore, according to the bogus e-mails, the compensatory credit sums have been deposited in an account in Citibank Nigeria from where they'll be moved to the required accounts without charges of any fee as per the Federal Government of Nigeria's instructions. Therefore claimants needn't spend money for things like taxes or transfer fees, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will monitor the transfer for purposes of confirmation.
Additionally, the e-mails as well ask the previous scam victims to provide their e-mail ids and names electronically at either of the twin ids given (that Citibank Nigeria supposedly created), to help make the so-called verifications.
Meanwhile according to security researchers, the above 419 scam isn't the lone one of its kind that took place in Nigeria. Several instances related to 419 scams apparently occurred during 2011. In fact, during the first half of July 2011, MessageLabs said that there was a Nigerian 419 e-mail scam that involved the new IMF chief Christine Lagarde wherein users were asked to pay $45 as deposit to Benin-located IMF towards celebrating Lagarde's appointment.
Thus the researchers recommend that incase anyone gets the above kind of e-mail he must ignore it, while end-users must also install anti-malware on their PCs that's kept up-to-date for safeguarding their systems.
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