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419 scam uses Ebola virus tragedy

Cybercriminals will stoop to any level it seems, even using the tragedy of the Ebola virus in West Africa to steal money.
In the latest “419” rendition, scammers distribute an email claiming the recipient is the beneficiary of a large amount of money left in a bank account by a client who became a victim of Ebola. To add credibility to the email, the sender suggests the recipient “go to google and find out more on the Outbreak of EBOLA VIRUS in West Africa.”

In this instance, the scammer uses a semi-realistic dollar figure—$300,000—to entice the victim. Other versions also appearing on the Internet claim miracle cures for Ebola by simply contacting the doctor or “priest” listed in the email and presumably paying them money for their cure.

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