iYogi Scam Alerts: Nigerian or 419 Internet Fraud / Scam
Worried about internet fraud? Learning more is the best way to avoid loss. "Nigerian" or "419" internet fraud is a type of advance fee fraud scam. Scammers message their victims, often small businesses and charities selected at random, claiming to have access to risk-free profit opportunities. The details vary, but usually include large sums of money that must be deposited into your account to avoid local Nigerian customs, tariffs or regulations. The initial goal of the con artist is to use your trust to their advantage, asking for donation money, or payment of transfer fees, but the returns will never materialize. more...
Here’s what a typical message looks like:
Sample Email 1
THIS IS TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE THAT I AM DELEGATED FROM THE UNITED NATIONS OVERSIGHT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, LONDON TO PAY 178 PEOPLE IDENTIFIED AS NIGERIAN 419 SCAM VICTIMS US$5,500,000.00 EACH, YOU ARE LISTED AND APPROVED FOR THIS PAYMENT AS ONE OF THE SCAMMED VICTIMS, GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH A SCANNED COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORTS OR DRIVERS LICENSE FOR IDENTIFICATIONS AND FOR THE IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF YOUR US US$5,500,000.00 REIMBURSEMENT FUNDS. ON THIS FAITHFUL RECOMMENDATIONS, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT DURING THE LAST UN MEETINGS HELD AT LONDON WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, IT WAS ALARMED SO MUCH BY THE REST OF THE WORLD IN THE MEETINGS ON THE LOSE OF FUNDS BY VARIOUS FOREIGNERS TO THE SCAMS ARTISTS OPERATING IN SYNDICATES ALL OVER THE WORLD TODAY, IN OTHER TO RETAIN THE GOOD IMAGE OF THEIR COUNTRY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY IS NOW PAYING 178 VICTIMS OF THIS OPERATORS US$5,500,000.00 EACH, DUE TO THE CORRUPT IN THE SYSTEMS IN NIGERIA, THE PAYMENTS ARE TO BE PAID UNDER FUNDING ASSISTANCE BY THE UN.
ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS AT HAND, 43 BENEFICIARIES HAVE BEEN PAID, HALF OF THE VICTIMS ARE FROM THE UNITED STATES, WE STILL HAVE MORE THAN HALF LEFT TO BE PAID THE REIMBURSEMENT OF US$5,500,000.00 EACH. YOUR PARTICULARS WAS MENTIONED BY ONE OF THE SYNDICATES WHO WAS ARRESTED IN LAGOS-NIGERIA AS ONE OF THEIR VICTIMS OF THE OPERATIONS, YOU ARE HEREBY WARNED NOT TO COMMUNICATE OR DUPLICATE THIS MESSAGE TO ANY BODY FOR ANY REASON WHAT SO EVER, THE US SECRET SERVICE IS ALREADY ON TRACE OF THE CRIMINALS. YOU CAN RECEIVE YOUR REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS VIA ANY OF THE LISTED OPTIONS YOU CHOOSE, TT TO YOUR ACCOUNT, BANK DRAFT/CHEQUE PAYMENTS, ATM CASH CARD. MODE, I SHALL FEED YOU WITH FURTHER MODALITIES AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU.
MR. KOFI ANNAN.
Sample Email 2
From : Zahid Hossain
Subject : Hello...Could you please reply me back it's very urgent!!..VALUE ATTENTION!
You have been recommended to me as a person who might like to take possession of my political men fund which had been kept in custody of a financial services which request for them reliable people in abroad for safe keeping and to invest it for them for profitable business. Sir, we need a capable hand to withdrawal the fund in the hand of Financial consultant, so your urgent response is seriously needed.
I am sure it will be your great pleasure to handle this proposal with great heart and honesty. May the God Almighty bless us and put us through in this transaction.Further i was a bit notified about your area of investment, also that you are on a project that will be of mutual interest for my political men. Kindly, in a brief explanation about what profitable business the fund can be invest on.
I shall look forward with interest to your early reply.
Zahid Mohammed Hossain
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