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Kaspersky Finds Fresh 419 E-mail Scam

Researchers from Kaspersky the security company have detected one fresh 419 scam e-mail, which by duping Internauts into participating within various dubious activities, is circulating online.

Kaspersky researchers explain that the above kind of scam e-mails, in the new case titled as "Dollar investment for the Companys President/Ceo!!! (Confidential)," normally assert as arriving from any controversial figure's relative or some Nigerian prince. But, the scam in question asserts as arriving from Sgt. Alex Crawford of USA's marine division.

The bogus electronic mail whose writer saying he's Sgt. Alex Crawford, currently posted in Afghanistan, tells the recipient that the officer with courage is writing to inform that his battalion has moved funds, which it confiscated from the Taliban doing opium trade. In mainly $100 notes, the total sum in cash is USD20.5m. The troop wishes to transfer this amount onto the e-mail recipient for enabling him to invest it on behalf of Crawford and company who, because they aren't investors or businessmen, solicit the recipient's help. With general voting on back home, the troop doesn't know the government's future plans i.e. whether it'll remain in Afghanistan longer than thought. Meanwhile, anybody winning the proposal likely will bring about a drastic alteration, the e-mail narrates. Securelist.com published this dated December 19, 2012.

The e-mail then states that the funds can be transferred immediately through military and diplomatic channels. Accordingly, the user requires sending his complete name along with address, while mentioning his occupation as also his investment plans with the funds. A good 10% from the total sum will be allotted to him, while 10% will be retained for expenses. Crawford will join the investor in the latter's country shortly after the funds-transfer takes place, the e-mail concludes.

But, Internauts who believe the e-mail and reply would only get ensnared with deceit of the scam. What's more, they may even be directed to wire certain fee to meet the transfer costs, researchers warn.

Significantly, Internet-users must remember that simply as any e-mail seems as arriving from a person worthy of trust it isn't any less risky compared to those which arrive from any Nigerian diamond extractor's CEO.

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