The "Nigerian Scams" - Compassion in this scam will prove to be Very Costly for you!
Nigerian scams have devastated thousands of people worldwide.
You won't be one of these people once you identify them and understand how this works.
Unfortunately, in this case the consumer many have shown compassion and followed through with this plea.
This Is A Scam! Do not have anything to do with this identity theft scam! Ignore these letters and emails.
If you initially respond to the offer, you could even receive "legal looking" documents.
There have been some cases where the consumer was asked to travel to Nigeria or a border country to make sure the transaction is fully complete.
The thieves have even been known to show cases of stamped or dyed money to verify their claim.
Of course at this point, more emergencies come up that require you to pay more money, and the funds to your account keep being delayed.
The End Story Here Is: There Are No Funds To Share And You Are Out All Your Money.
This scam also affects your credit/bank cards. To see how, click credit card scams.
Variation Of Nigerian Scams
I was talking with one of my neighbors the other day and she mentioned that her son, Scott, had been communicating by email to a girl that happened to be from Nigeria (or so she said).
They emailed each other for a few weeks and, at that point, the girl told Scott she was having money problems.
The girl wanted to come to the United States to see him, but needed money to do so.
She laid the sob story on pretty thick and, because Scott really liked this girl, she was able to manipulate him and the situation to her advantage.
The girl asked for, and received, $1200.00 from him.
I told my neighbor about the scam and she repeated it to her son.
Scott asked the girl for his money back. The girl sent the money to him in the form of a check, (which bounced when he tried to cash it), and has never heard from her again.
See identity theft scams to learn other ways you can become a target for identity theft.
This scam is becoming so widespread that Dr. Phil had a special show concerning this.
Many of the victims involved in this scam are single, lonely men and women.
Be suspicious of anyone asking for your personal information or money.
Victims have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because they tried to help someone or believed the types of emails I have received.
If you've already become a victim to one of these baiting scams, call your local Secret Service field office.
Over the years I have also received many of this type of offer from Nigeria.
I am enclosing one I received that I feel is a typical scam so you can see one variation of Nigerian scams.
The person that sent this is supposedly from the Governor's office in Nigeria, and it concerns an inheritance payment that needs to be rectified.
Also suspicious is the fact that it is sent by e-mail.
Not very official, although sometimes, the look and what it states can fool you.
It may be typed all in capitals, with many spelling errors.
This seems to be very typical for this type of scam.
If I had really inherited money, it sure wouldn't be through a bank in Nigeria.
I certainly wouldn't be using an ATM card that They are giving me, and I sure wouldn't have to give them my personal information.
If legitimate, the company would already have that information.
They all want information and more than likely, money, at some point and time.
From the office of Governor CBN Street Address (I left this and the city and person's name off) City, Nigeria
THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR INHERITANCE FILE AND DISCOVERED REASONS WHY YOU ARE YET TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT.
IT IS BECAUSE OF IRREGULARITIES AND COMPLICATIONS DISCOVERED ON YOUR PAYMENT FILE BY OUR TECHNICAL EXPERTS IN RESPECT TO YOUR INHERTANCE PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS WHICH HAVE JUST BEEN DULY RECTIFIED.
MEANWHILE, WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT YOU ARE STILL DEALING WITH IMPOSTORS AND NON RECOMMENDED OFFICIALS IN THE BANK.
SUCH ACTS MUST STOP FOR SECURITY REASONS IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR INHERITANCE PAYMENT.
WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH THE HSBC ATM SWIFT CARD PAYMENT UNDER RESERVE BANKOPERATION ACT 2005.
THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCION BY WORLD BANK.
THE SWIFT CARD ENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDREW YOUR MONEY FROM ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD.
BUT THE MANIMUM IS TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS PERDAY, SO IF YOUR LIKE TO RECIEVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE DO LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARD PAYMENT OFFICER ON EMAIL (they then give an email contact address).
(The odd part of the email address is that it ends in @yahoo.it.)
AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO SWIFT CARD OFFICER:
1 PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
2 ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE CARD THROUGH DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE (P.O. BOX NOT ACCEPTED)
FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMINUCATION WITH ANY UNAUTHORIZED OFFICE UNTIL YOU RECIEVE THE ATM CARD.
NOTE: BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUE YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT TAG NUMBER WHICH IS (3532) SO YOU MUST HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD OFFICER.
CBN GOVERNOR'S OFFICE FEERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
As I was telling you about this one, I received another e-mail that was the same type of Nigerian scam, but supposedly from the Caribbean.
Re: Official Nofification
I am a Diplomat from the Caribbeans named ---(name here)----, mandated to deliver your inheritance to you in your country of residence.
The funds total US 7.5 Million and you were made the beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing over the funds to you in accourdance with the Agreement I signed with the benefactor when he enlisted my addistance in delivering the funds to you.
I am presently at JFK Air port in the United States of America and before I can deliver the funds to you, you have to reconfir the following information so as to ensure that I am dealing with the right person.
1. Full Name
2. Residential Address
5. Direct Telephone Numbers
After verification of the information with what I have on file, I shall contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact time I will be bringing your package to your residential address.
Send the requested information so that we can proceed.
This is a take on the Nigerian scams if I ever saw one and there is no way you should EVER hand over all your sensitive information to someone.