Posted by: David Harley | April 11, 2011

Is the country code for Libya +419?

My colleague Urban Schrott, of ESET Ireland, considers in a new blog the issue of Facebook profile scamming, which I touched on in my last blog. But he also describes a 419 scam email that uses the Libyan crisis as a hook to persuade you to pay out now (hence the alternative name of Advance Fee Fraud – AFF – for this kind of scam)  in the hope of getting a share in the near future of the fortune brought out of the country by the splendidly named Haji Mustapha Bin Hadi.

Christopher Boyd describes a 419 that’s supposed to be about giving aid to Japanese Tsunami victims in Spain.

My favourite scam of the day, though, is another minimalist lottery 419 from the also splendidly named Bayron Javier Revelo Cabrera, informing me that I’ve won £750,000 in the Mega BO Promotion. Here, for your enjoyment, is the entire body of the text:


Impressive social engineering. Not. Mega BO Promotion? Very appropriate, given its smelliness.

Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow


  1. […] to thrive, apparently. It seems unlikely that many people fall for anything as minimal as the one flagged by David Harley, telling us how the splendidly named Bayron Javier Revelo Cabrera informed him that he’d won […]

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