• Apr

    Beware Of The Nigerian (Advance Fee) Scam a.k.a. 419 Scam


    This scam got its name from messages that were purportedly from Nigerian officials who needed your help in getting their money out of the country.

    (According to some reports, this scam is well over 20+ years old and was originally a mail scam.) It all seems official and in return for helping them, they offer you a sizable fee in return for your support, which, of course is financial. If you respond, you’ll get more information and documents.

    Among other things, these people are trying to steal your money. If you pay them, they may continue the scam, enticing to you send more money for additional "expenses" that may arise. The longer you’re willing to pay, the longer they will keep bilking you. Other scam artists will vanish once the initial transaction has been fulfilled.

    Some of these messages might entice you to travel to another country to complete the transaction. If you respond, you run the risk of being beaten, threatened or even murdered, according to the U.S. State Department.

    It’s probably the most common email scam running today. During my tenure as an editor for an ezine, I saw this scam (in different variations) approximately 400 times.

    Here’s a variation of the Nigerian Scam as it showed up in my email one day:

    Attention: Sir/Madam,

    We do not know each other, but you are one of the three persons I sent this email with hope to get a positive and sincere response, in order to go into a deal that would bring life fortune to both of us.

    I am Barrister, Antonio Miguel, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Engr. Morris Haddad nationality of your country, who was a Contractor and has spent most of his life in my country (Spain ).

    On the 19th of April 2006, my client, his wife and their only son were involved in a ghastly car accident along Pinto express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but all efforts was unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you and solicit for your assistance as a foreigner to execute the claim of this fund.

    I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the assets and Capital valued at US $10.5million left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the BANK in Madrid Spain, where these huge deposits were lodged. The said Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of Kin or have the account confiscated within the next twenty-one Official working days.

    Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek the consent to present you as the Next of kin to the deceased since no-one has come for the fund, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. The request of a foreigner as the next of kin in this transaction is occasioned by the fact that my client was a foreigner and the money cannot be paid into a local bank here, so it will be better for you to stand as the next of kin to my client. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer. I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.

    All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please reply via e-mail at; antomiguel.miguel@gmail.com< Waiting to hear from you. Barr. Antonio Miguel


    If you receive this type of message in your email, delete immediately, and/or report it to:spam@uce.gov. Make sure to include all the information in the headers of your message.
    © Nathan Segal


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  • Hi

    I have received a few of these messages in my mail over the years and i have always wondered how anyone could fall for this scam. In my view, the astronomical sums mentioned should signal that something is amiss. In addition, i have always found some of these messages contain numerous errors in grammar, another warning sign.

  • Yes, you’re right. Still, some of them, like one I received a few days ago, was well written, but by now, I’ve seen that scam hundreds of times in various forms, so I instantly know what it is. Also, my spam filters are pretty good at catching these messages. Still, you’d be surprised by how many people fall for this scam and the numbers that I see each week show that this scam is still flourishing, even now.

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