Just before I clicked on the ‘delete’ button at the top of my spam folder in Gmail, I spotted the name. Asha Rajaratnam, it said, and the mail was titled ‘Namaste’ (a traditional Indian greeting).
The mail came from firstname.lastname@example.org and if it hadn’t been for the red warning strip from Gmail and the fact that I know the former Galleon Group hedge fund manager is serving an 11-year prison sentence for insider trading, it would have come across as a genuine mail.
“My husband has been jailed in the U.S. for 11 years, I need your assistance to help me move some funds from Holland to India or anywhere where it would at least be of some help to our family,” it said.
Looks like the 419 scamsters have moved beyond Nigeria and found the Galleon Group owner and his family as a new front.