Mommar Gaddafi – 419 spam’s new favorite subject

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by Dave Michmerhuizen & Luis Chapetti – Security Researchers

When you are engaged in direct marketing, your first order of business is to get the attention of your customer.  This is just as true for Nigerian 419 spammers as it is for everyone else, and widespread news coverage of the recent death of Mommar Gaddafi is a gift for the Lads from Lagos.

The spam monitors at Barracuda Labs have been detecting a steady stream of these spams, where the family of a dead African prince has been hastily replaced by the son of the dead Libyan dictator.

Of course, by now, we hope that all email users recognize this sort of spam as an attempt to perpetrate Advance Fee Fraud. The spammers pump any respondent for personal financial information and then string them along with promises of millions of dollars once a few paltry ‘fees' are paid in advance – thus the name, Advance Fee Fraud.

 

Barracuda Networks customers using the Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall are protected from these emails.

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