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Nigerian Scammers are most prevalent in the email spam industry. I received this email today that I thought was hilarious:
“Dear beloved one,
My name is Miss. AISHA ABDULLAH LUIS, from Bucaramanga City , Colombia . I am a dying lady who had decided to donate what she has to Charities I was diagnosed of cancer about two years ago, Life for me in this world is not that important since we are passing our lives in this world, so we can have a place in Jan-nah (Inshallah). I have been touched by Almighty Allah to donate from what I have inherited from my late Mother for the good work of Allah and towards the welfare of Zakat, As I lay on my sick bed, I want you to help me in carrying out my last wish on earth which will be very profitable to you, i want to WILL a total sum of $10.5Million, United State Dollars (USD ) to you, which I want you to distribute part of it to any charity home for me.Please for more information contact me via my private email email@example.com”
Now this sounds like a pretty good way to get $10.5 million dollars right? I wish becoming rich was that simple!
Nigerian scammers take advantage of older people who do not recognize their scams. They focus on the greed aspect of the mind. This is known as the 419 scam, scambaiting, or advance fee fraud.
I have seen stories on NBC and CNN about people getting scammed out of thousands of dollars. People are getting their bank accounts depleted by giving away their personal information in emails.
These Nigerian scammers work mainly out of Internet cafes that use satellite Internet. They have databases of working email addresses on a storage media. They sit there all day long copy and pasting into webmail and sending emails. The Lagos area contains the most cyber cafes.
The internet cafes work with the scammers. They close their doors at night so Nigerian scammers may work in peace.
Don’t be a victim!