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419 spammers use Holocaust to boost credibility

A spammer has bombarded at least 75,000 inboxes with an e-mail scam that offers recipients a share of US$35m from a World War II Holocaust victim's bank account, experts say.

In what appears to be similar to a Nigerian 419 scam, the fraudster has used legitimate organisations to plead his case. The supposed author, Ronald Lauder, said he was a member of Swiss organisation the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP), which he said tracked down bank accounts that have been dormant since 1945.

from ZDNet Australia

Posted on November 6, 2004 at 10:20 PM | Permalink


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