By Dan Bleaken, Malware Data Analyst, Symantec Hosted Services
MessageLabs Intelligence analysts found a 419 scam today that is a little different from the majority of 419s.
The basic premise of a 419 scam (also commonly referred to as an advance fee fraud scam) is that the recipient is entitled to, or has won a large sum of money, and in order to get the money, they need to contact someone (usually a webmail address but sometimes a phone number), or email personal details to a webmail address.
As well as it being highly likely that the recipient’s email address would then be added to the scammers’ list of targets (lining up the recipient for many more scam emails in future), the next stage would almost certainly be for the scammers to phone or email back, to get the victim to send an advance fee, in order to release the supposed money. As is so often the case with advance fee fraud scams or 419s, the initial email is just the...