Spam now available in Hindi
Scammers are using the popular language to conduct 419 fraud
Another language has been added to the 419 spam scams that regularly hit email inboxes. For the first time, Symantec has observed a 419 spam in Hindi language using Devnagari script.
Hindi is widely spoken in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and much of the Asian sub-continent and among Indian expats globally.
Symantec believes that the widespread use of this language may the reason spammers have adopted it for their fraudulent emails.
419 spam, known as Nigerian Spam is named after the Nigerian penal code, section 4-1-9, and usually involves fake business proposals, fake lottery winner notifications, and fake fund transfers. Spammers ask spam recipients for personal information such as names, email usernames, phone numbers and bank account details.
419 scams have been seen in English, German, Spanish and other European languages, but the use of Asian languages in a new phenomenon that may in part be due to the increasing number of internet users in these countries.
"It is important to note that although 419 Spam in Hindi was encountered for the first time where content filters may fail to detect it, Symantec message security products were able to catch this spam with the help of Symantec's proprietary filtering techniques. We advises users to beware of such false enticements, don't fall prey to such false emails which ask you for personal info, to claim your grand prize," said Symantec in a press release.
Symantec says there are several ways to identify whether the email is a scam or not, these are; when the amount of money offered is huge (in million dollars or pounds), any email lotteries abusing famous brands, different contact details for further communication, asking for personal information of victims, partnership offers in fake business proposals, part time job offers or use of fake emotional stories related to events or disasters occurred in the past.