Have you ever received an email from an unknown person offering you an exorbitant amount of money and asking for your personal information in return? Well, that is exactly what a “419 scam” is!
419 spam, also known as Nigerian spam, is named after the Nigerian penal code, section 4-1-9. The most common forms of 419 spam are fake business proposals, fake fund transfers, and email lottery winning notifications—all of which include the spammers’ requests for personal information, such as name, account number, phone number, email address, bank details, etc.
419 spam is often seen in English, German, Spanish, and some other European languages, but spammers are now targeting Asian countries because of the increased Internet user base and widespread broadband infrastructure.
For the first time, Symantec has observed 419 spam created in Hindi using Devnagari script. This is a big paradigm shift where 419 spam is concerned. Hindi is a widely...