The Nigerian Scam

The Nigerian Scam is probably one of the oldest, and most common, scams on the internet.


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A letter from the heir to the throne in Nigeria?! How lucky can you be?

I don’t know anyone, who has an email adress, who hasn’t been subjected to some variation of this one, and I personally get one of these at least once a week.

They come in different variations, but they are basically the same.

They usually start out with an emotional email, from a person, who claims to be of some importance, royalty or maybe a government employee, mostly in some African country (hence the name), who needs YOUR help, to retrieve a large sum of money. (go figure)

So what is your role in this?


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Money money money

All you need to do, is pay some initial fees, papers, transactions, and legal matters. And in return, you are promised a huge sum of money. It’s as easy as that!

But the initial payment, is just the beginning. Eventually you will be asked to pay more, and the additional costs keep piling up, until you even get wise, or you get broke.

Once they have you in their net, they might even send you papers, and forms that may seem convincing, but their only cause, is to convince you to send more money.

An Empty Bank Account


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And Prince Dimka, your new best friend

If you fall for these scams, you will only end up with an empty bank account, and a bucket full of promises.

There have been cases, where these scams have developed into threats, and even kidnappings.

So stay clear of the Nigerian Scam!




If you have been subjected to the Nigerian Scam, or maybe you know someone who has, please leave a comment, and share your experience.

If you have any comments or questions, please write it in the comment box, and I will answer as soon as I can.

Thank you for reading.

Ossur

 

 

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