Posted on behalf of Sean Butler, Senior Malware Operations Engineer, Symantec.cloud
I recently saw a typical 419 scam mail which was different in one aspect, in that the email was written in Welsh. Whilst we have seen 419 scam mails constructed in many different languages such as German and French, for example, this was the first time we have come across one of these scam mails written in Welsh.
419 scam mails or advance-fee fraud scam mails usually promise large amounts of money, but demand upfront fees or payments first. This can leave any potential victims passing over money to the scammers believing this is for the fees, but they will never get the promised large amount of money.
The content of the mail is typical of a 419 scam mail. In it the scammer posing as a widow of a Kuwaiti ambassador for the Ivory Coast has $2.5 million in a trust fund. They then want their potential victim to distribute this fund...