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Nigerian scammers on Fan Mail

  1. Marisa Wright profile image91
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago

    I just got my first Nigerian scammer in my Fan Mail! 

    You know the one, the long sob story of how someone has died and left someone money which is stuck in a bank and the writer would be very grateful if I'd help out by yadda yadda....

    I must say, I always thought fan mail was limited to a few lines - I had to keep scrolling down to read this one!  I hope this isn't the beginning of a new trend!

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      They are on Gmail as well. I have been getting them since the last couple of months. Yahoo seemed to have blocked them or something.

    2. Brandon E Newman profile image79
      Brandon E Newmanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Those scam letters are funny. Read them. It's like someone asking you to jump off of a bridge. Some think they make them so stupid to weed out anyone with any sense at all. They must be fishing for the dumbest ass person on the web.

    3. agvulpes profile image87
      agvulpesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I was under the impression that only 'members' of HP can post FanMail?

      1. Susana S profile image91
        Susana Sposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It's very easy to create an account!

  2. jericho911 profile image87
    jericho911posted 3 years ago

    OMG ! I get those in my email regularly but now it's in your fan mail ! How pathetic !

  3. LuisEGonzalez profile image81
    LuisEGonzalezposted 3 years ago

    I have not gotten those long emails but I have been getting fan mail that seems incoherent and not at all related to the hub. Perhaps they are from the same part of the world but they talk about me visiting such and such a place and that they can't wait for me to meet their kids and so on........odd to say the least.

  4. CMHypno profile image90
    CMHypnoposted 3 years ago

    I have never yet seen one in my fan mail Marisa, but I get plenty via email.  My favourite is one that comes where they say they are the FBI and they have around $27 million from an unsolved case that they want to put in my account for safe keeping.

  5. Shanna11 profile image90
    Shanna11posted 3 years ago

    You know what,, when the son of the deposed king of Nigeria emails you directly, asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country! Ok?    -Michael Scott

  6. HattieMattieMae profile image70
    HattieMattieMaeposted 3 years ago

    ha ha...well those fan mails & emails have been around for quite awhile. I don't even waste time reading them. I agree with Shanna, maybe he's richer then you and can lend you some money to buy a new car or something. lol

    1. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The emails have been around for years - I get them all the time, usually in my spam folder.  The reason I posted was because this was in my Hubpages Fan Mail.

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 3 years ago in reply to this


        That means we need some changes on HP. We need to be able to choose not to get messages from non-members. So only logged in members can contact us.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image91
          Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          It's already there.  I just hit "deny".

          This is the first time I've received such a thing in Fan Mail.  As others have pointed out, you have to join the site to leave Fan Mail so I can't imagine many other people going to that trouble.

          1. Cardisa profile image90
            Cardisaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I am confusing using the contact form with Fan Mail......silly me....lol

  7. ComfortB profile image85
    ComfortBposted 3 years ago

    I get at least one of those a day in my Hotmail. I simply dispose of them. And not all are from Nigeria(ns) mind you, some of those letters are from copycats. And I'm not just saying that because am a Nigerian, but because it's true.

    Now getting those in your fan mails, that's another story. smile

  8. brittvan22 profile image77
    brittvan22posted 3 years ago

    Yes, they are never ending I actually hubbed on an incident where one posed as  yahoo rep and tried to hack my back account. They have the saddest of sob stories and they are on fb, yahoo, Hotmail, twitter, pretty much anywhere there are people.

  9. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    It doesn't surprise me. This site is a magnet for pigeon English scammers in general.

    1. brittvan22 profile image77
      brittvan22posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is indeed.

  10. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image94
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    You guys want to hear a sad story - I know we all assume that everyone knows better than to fall for these things, but a dear man in my church (in his 80s, at least) who lived on a shoestring, fell for several of these.  So many church friends would try to tell him they were scams, but he honestly believed he would be getting a car, or that there was money in a foreign account that he would be getting soon.  It was terribly sad.  And, of course, by the time the church friends had learned of it, he had already sent money down the drain. 

    The poor man passed away a few years ago, but his last several years were in poverty, and these heartless jerks (who have no conscience) had him on some sort of list as an easy mark. Which, of course, he was.  I wish those scams could be shut down completely.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      There was a documentary on TV here recently about people who were conned by these scammers. 

      One poor man - who was sucked in by a fake African sweetheart - had lost several thousand dollars.  But even though the documentary maker presented evidence, he still wouldn't believe that his "girlfriend" wasn't real.

  11. chinweike profile image48
    chinweikeposted 3 years ago

    Greed on the part of the victims are to blame. It is simple, don't expect where you have not sown. Is only potential scammers that gets scammed. Be contempt with what you have and no one would scam you.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image95
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Except for one thing...elderly people often do not have the same mental capacity as younger people which means those who go after their money are lower than dirt.

  12. john000 profile image91
    john000posted 3 years ago

    Thanks for the alert. Hmmmm. Don't click on a link. I understand they can also carry a lot of software that can be damaging. That might have happened because you let anyone comment. Turn that off and maybe you won't have the problem again, unless you don't mind. Thanks again for the alert.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That's the silly thing - you can't put a link in Fan Mail. "She" did provide an email address for me to reply to, though (which of course I won't).

      Fan Mail has nothing to do with Comments.  HubPages' filters do an excellent job of filtering out spam comments , so I wouldn't dream of blocking anyone from leaving a comment.  Comments are valuable.

  13. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 3 years ago

    My current personal fav, since I get about 20 of these bloody emails a day.......

    Is the opening line,

    Hello dearest, My name is Mark, will you help me in Gods name?....

    Dont, they already know I am a man and I'm an atheist??????

  14. Marsha Musselman1 profile image82
    Marsha Musselman1posted 3 years ago

    I would imagine that these fan mail scammers would become member first, otherwise, I'd agree that they wouldn't be able to post fan mail unless they were members. I've checked other things out after logging off, this would be something Agvulpes could check on their own to see for sure. I've not been here long enough to know for myself, but I thought the same thing.

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    Ghaelachposted 3 years ago

    Hi MARISA.
    It's not the first and won't be the last.
    I had a letter from a "love to be lawyer" in the USA telling me I was the last surviving family member who had infortunately all died in a car accident. I was the only person left to inherit $6.5 million. But I'm not as green as some of my hubs. Scams like this shouldn't hurt, so long as you don't reply.
    LOL Ghaelach

  16. Good Guy profile image93
    Good Guyposted 3 years ago

    They are like flies.  I just delete them from my mail without opening them.

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    delleaposted 3 years ago

    I have "allow others to contact you" under Profile/Email settings un_checked and so far this has reduced my HP email spam to nothing but I still get fan mail from actual users.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      In all the time I've been here, I've received less than a dozen spam emails via the  HubPages email system, even though I have "allow others to contact you" checked.

      I'd hate to remove the ability for other Hubbers to contact me.

      1. agvulpes profile image87
        agvulpesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I agree smile

  18. Barbara Kay profile image86
    Barbara Kayposted 3 years ago

    I've received some good contacts this way. One was a paying job and the other from a large publisher to do a book review. You need to keep the communication lines open. You never know what jobs can come your way.