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AppRiver Reveals New Tactics Employed in Nigerian E-mail Scam

According to Security Experts at security firm, AppRiver scammers have come up with new techniques of concealing a classic 419 e-mail scam.

The message content of the spam e-mail stated that this is a private message and one is to view the attached message with the e-mail and contact the sender, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, immediately

The text message of the e-mail is not readable and contains an attached .ZIP file.

One of the important parts of the fake message as stated by AppRiver approves the recipient of release and approved amount of USD 10,500,000.00 from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, a CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment. This amount would be sent to the receiver through ATM CARD, the PIN number for which would be sent. Further, it approves the receiver with the assurance that the money can be withdrawn from any bank across the world and the maximum withdrawal amount in a day is USD$10,000 only. For the proper processing of the money and card, the recipient is advised to contact the Head of the ATM Card Department of the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA and discuss the underlying instructions on the prevailing ways by which the Card could be dispatched.

This is a tactic designed by the Nigerian scammers as a means of threatening anti-spam software for detecting the scams that are widely prevalent and seems to be promising. As commented by the security experts at AppRiver, these types of scams often promise of huge amount from the Nigerian bank or government officials.

In this context, netizens are advised to delete any type of unsolicited and suspicious e-mail that promises with a huge amount of money from the Nigerian Government or bank. Experts also recommended of treating online e-mail gimmicks with real life events. These type of suspects can be compared to a real life situation, when a huge amount of money is promised by an unknown person. In this instance, the recipient is obvious to doubt the person, so also one should doubt the authenticity of such e-mails and not entertain these mails at any cost.

Security experts of AppRiver further demoralized this event by comparing it to the extent of forgery that scammers may undermine in playing with the beliefs of innocent people. People should be careful and use their own judgment while dealing with them. If these mails can claim about Mrs. Clinton, they can also claim about President Obama with the want of sharing his diamond mine. As such, one should not be carried away and rather sense the authenticity of the mail.

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