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Law enforcement in US, China, India, Romania collaborate to arrest hackers-for-hire

Law enforcement in US, China, India, Romania collaborate to arrest hackers-for-hire

Law enforcement in four countries have managed to work together to take down a number of hackers-for-hire, all accused of operating websites offering to break into email accounts for a fee.

"STOP CONTACTING THOSE B*!%£RDS"

"STOP CONTACTING THOSE B*!@#RDS"

Although you may not be duped by email scams, 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.

Diplomat held at JFK airport with a lot of cash - a convoluted Nigerian email scam

Diplomat held at JFK airport with a lot of cash - a convoluted Nigerian email scam

A diplomat has been stopped at JFK airport in New York, carrying a lot of cash destined for your bank account.

Please send the certificate proving you own the money, or you'll be charged with money laundering..

Nigerian government website falls at hands of Brazilian defacement

Nigerian government website falls at hands of Brazilian defacement

The official website of the Nigerian government has been defaced by hackers.

Nigerian 419 scammer gets 20 years in jail

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Nigerian national Peter Maxson Anyanyueze was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa. Anyanyueze was sentenced for fraud, money laundering, and contravening the Immigration act.

Lonely heart scams: Woman gives £80,000 to handsome 'soldier'

Lonely heart scams: Woman gives £80,000 to handsome 'soldier'

Looking for love online? Beware the internet fraudsters who are more interested in your wallet than your heart.

From Nigeria with Love - old sk00l spam

From Nigeria with Love - old sk00l spam

Every now and then we at SophosLabs receive a sample of malware or spam that (laughs aside) shows the true inventiveness of the spammers and malware authors. During the World Cup I received some SMS spam on my phone but Read more…

Am I dead? Nigerian 419 scammer wants to know

Am I dead? Nigerian 419 scammer wants to know

Of course, it's a Nigerian 419 scam and the intention is - ultimately - to trick me into handing over personal information (such as driving license and passport details) and possibly paying them a advance before they (fingers crossed!) transfer Read more…

Subject: 419 scam

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Hold on to your popcorn everybody, because what I'm about to say might shock you. Sometimes, scammers aren't that bright. Yes, shocking isn't it? But it's true. Take the fairly typical Nigerian 419 scam I just received on my BlackBerry, Read more…

I do not come to you by chance

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I have just finished reading an outstanding first novel, I do not come to you by chance, by Nigerian author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. When I set about this book, I imagined I might be embarking on a sequel to Chinua Read more…

Will Lagos's loss be our gain?

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Damage to an undersea cable has caused severe problems for internet users in Western Africa. But has it also hindered cybercriminals? Guest blogger Paul Ducklin, Sophos's Asia-Pacific head of technology, gives us his perspective.. Earlier today I was contacted by Read more…

MySpace user stung for £130,000 in email scam

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Minutes after blogging about the Canadian guy who has lost his friends and family a tidy sum after falling for an email scam, Clu-blog reader @MerseyMal tipped me off about a similar story affecting a British MySpace user. Shane Symington Read more…

Nurse loses $400,000 to Nigerian email scammers

Nurse loses $400,000 to Nigerian email scammers

If you've got an email account then chances are that you've received one of those emails. You know the kind. "Dear friend.. blah blah blah.. tragic situation.. rhubarb rhubarb.. need to move umpteen million dollars.. yada yada.. please contact us Read more…

Facebook friend stranded in Nigeria. Would you rescue them?

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How many "friends" do you have on Facebook? Without checking on the site, would you know where they all are right now? Would you know if Barney the lad who used to deliver the post at that office three jobs Read more…