Nigerian Email Scam Uncovered

 Have you ever received an email from a stranger claiming to make friends with you? Well, I have. And they almost succeeded. That's why I wrote this hub about the Email Scams Review to make a full email scam analysis to feed you. Let's rip it off!

Email Scams Review
Email Scams Review

An Email I Received Today

Hi Dear
How are you today, I hope everything is well with you. Sorry to worry you about with my proposal for a relationship with you, but I know that my request will be granted in a good and understanding way, my name is Miss Halima, i saw your profile today at www.hubpages.com and became intrested in you, also i will like to know more about you. I'm hoping to hear from you soon so that i will send more details about my self Including my picture to you.here is my email address (halima11pet@yahoo.com) I think we can move from here. Bear in mind that Love has no colours barrier, no educational back ground barrier, no socio-economic barrier, religious, language, nationality or distance barrier, the only important thing is love,truth,caring and understanding.
Sincerely
Halima

Another Email I Received the Other Day

 hello dear friend
how are you today i hope that every things is ok with you as is my pleassure to contact you after viewing your profile on (hubpages.com)
which really interest me in having communication with you if you will have the desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and see what happened in future.
i will be very happy if you can write me through my email for easiest communication and to know all about each other,here is my email i will be waiting to hear from you as i wish you all the best for your day.
yours new friend.
Victoria:

Are There Any Similarities?

Definitely. That guy just gets our contact and emails us by almost the same modal email content, using different names. I am too familiar with this kinda scams. I am afraid couple of people have been scammed already. That' why I wrote this hub. Unfortunately, I deleted the most important emails I sent and received from that guy. So I have to wrote this email scam analysis completely upon my memory. Let's get started.

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Day one

You have seen the first letter showed above. The first one I received months ago is very similar. I here use SHE to refer to the one that wrote to me constantly, altho I figured out he should be a male cheater.

She asked me to write her back something about myself. I just did, 'cause I love to make friends.

Day two

I got her reply the second day. She told me that she was a college student in Nigeria, major in law? Can't remember. And she showed me couple of pictures of herself, a typical African Girl. She told me she was 24. Whoops! We are of the same age.

I was very interested in this Nigerian girl. However, what I was not pleased about was that she kept saying My Love in the letter. I felt uncomfortable about this. Do I look like a guy who has a taste of African girl? Or is this their people's way of greetings? I just replied accordingly.

After 3 emails from her, I had some doubt about her. Wasn't it too specific and professional for a 24 years old girl to write emails this way?

Day three

This time, she told me that she was a Nigerian General's daughter. She gave me a web address. I checked it up. There was news about the death of a Nigerian General. His last name is Gaurang (it should be spelled this way), which is the same as her last name.

She told me a sad story. Her father, the general was killed in a military coup as I have seen from the news in BBC's website. She escaped to a neighbor country (Zimbabwe?). She was forced to stay in a refugee camp.

She told me that her father, the general has left her US$5,000,000 (Five Million US Dollars) in a British Bank account. She asked me to help her get the money out.

I felt it interesting. I'd love to help her. So I wrote to her asking how I could help.

 I was totally awared that as long as it didn't cost me a dime, I won't be cheated, right? Let's see what's gonna happen.

Day four

She wrote me back few hours later.

She told me that she did contact the bank. She has the full ownership of that bank account with account name, number,identity card and the passwords. However, when she contact the bank thru the phone, the bank clerk told her according to the law, as a refugee, she was unable to withdraw any money via telephone, unless somebody else as a non-refugee with the full authorization from the owner. So that somebody would be me.

She would give me her full authorization and bank account details and I would be supposed to contact the bank via emails. Once the bank has confirmed the valid info that is required, that 5 million US dollars will be transferred to my bank account. She then will come to my country to get half the money back. Jesus! That was 2,500,000 US dollars reward for me. Is that too good to be true?

So I requested the detailed info. on how to get in touch with the bank and what I am supposed to say in the email.

Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered Bank

Day five

She happily gave the info I requested. The bank account holder's name, account number, password, bank's address, telephone number, fax number and the email address of the bank which I am about to contact with.

I was surprised to see it's the Standard Chartered Bank, London. Whoops! That's a big bank.

The interesting thing is, I found the contact email address is something like sc_london@abc.com, while the domain of that email address is not www.standardchartered.com.

So I entered the www.abc.com (I forgot the real name), while it appeared to me that it was a free email service website based in UK. It means any one can sign up to own a free email like

bankofamerica@abc.com. That's too suspicious! How can Standard Chartered Bank use a free email system as the contact email address???

I immediately copy the phone number and the fax number she gave me about the bank's contact info. I googled them.

Whoops! It seemed hundreds of people have been cheated by this number. Thousands of pages about this contact number I entered were reported email scams.They listed all the victims' emails received by the cheaters. Almost the same content, while with different names and different sad stories.

They said in the email scam report that if you do contact the bank thru that fake emails, they're gonna reply that you need to pay 20 pounds for the international wire transfer fees.

Whoops! You got it? What if you paid that money to their paypal account, anything good will happen? Definitely not!

Finale

 That was not the end. I proudly wrote her back about everything I figured out about the bad conspiracy. She denied everything. She said she didn't know what I am talking about. What an innocent girl!

Since then, I've never received any reply from her.

I thought it was not the same guy that sends me this kinda idiotic scam emails constantly. It should be somebody else. So I wrote this hub to inform you guys to stay away from this email scams.

Hope this will help.

I'd appreciate if you read this hub thru.

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Mikey 3 years ago

Just received the same exact message on facebook earlier today from this person https://www.facebook.com/acol.cilik and figured it was a scam so i googled it up just to see how many other suckers have been aimed at by this person. Anyway, the message was sent from that facebook account, I'm posting the link to prevent other people from being scammed.


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Confused. 4 years ago

Are you kidding me? What sort of half wits are you that you had to be told this was a scam.And the first idiot who wrote this hub shouldn't be allowed out for fear he might get confused having to breath and walk at the same time.MORONS!!


vinod 4 years ago

thanks for information.


francis 5 years ago

hi buddy,,

thnk you so much for your notice,,a minute ago i recieved the same letter on your 1st page..she saw my info on one of the most popular site here in riyadh and said that she offer a love propossal holly sshheet i thought it was true coz im freaking ou my situation as a single father lol..any ways thnk you so much and more power to all innocent that start to reciev that kind of ooffer,,i mean sscam...


Austine 5 years ago

I had never felt relieved as the one I am getting from reading your wise councel. I was innocently searching for the current email add of Standaard Chartered Bank of London in google when a sub heading attracted my attention and phew thats just it meen. I found answer to my two to three weeks of my gory puzzle. It just sounded too good to be true. Three different girls(who knows whether they are mails now) writing in from a refugee camp in senegal all prophesying their undying love to me, despite telling each of them in our respective mails that I already have a girl to marry,yet they were relentless.They all followed the processes as you painted above stretching my emotion to the limits and I am prepared to pay the price to help in whatever capacity until the issue of paying for the services of a lawyer came up. I continue to play along and poited to them that I have no money but they could promise to pay the lawyer as soon as the transfer is effected. I noticed some kind of disenthusiasm in two of them, but for the third, whose email add she forwarded to me was'nt getting anywhere and I decided to google the add myself only to find a perfect answer to my puzzle. Thank you pal. I was actually going to visit a lawyer tomorrow to table this matter before him to sample his counscel and you just saved the day by your wise info on the net. I can never thank you enough.


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Virtual Office Pbx 6 years ago

I hope this will never happen again. More power to us.


Kasumi 6 years ago

Thank you for your information,

I got the mail today and was happy making new friend,

but for safe reson I searched it on web,

finally I found here, since now I know the story.

Thanks again~


Jabir 6 years ago

Thanks man,, same with me with same email you get but my girl is Iranian and Muslim like my religion and all her letter with the name of God!.

I get tow litter from her and didn't replay and today i try to put her email in Google to see what happen an Finlay i am here :). Thanks man.


Jabir 6 years ago

Thanks man,, same with me with same email you get but my girl is Iranian and Muslim like my religion and all her letter with the name of God!.

I get tow litter from her and didn't replay and today i try to put her email in Google to see what happen an Finlay i am here :). Thanks man.


Benjamin Quark 6 years ago

Probably a 27 stone geezer living in downtown Accra


chimezie 6 years ago

Yeah sure, Nigerian scamming the world and who ever said that the Internet is a safe haven?? Wake up guys, e-bay even gives you things you did not order and there is no money back for the wrong merchandise, are they Nigerian scammers too? Have you watched the movie blood diamond? Stealing African minerals in an evil and heartless manner by people from America , uk and other countries, makes scamming by these people look really insignificant. We know the true cause of the problem in the Niger delta is because of foreign interest. So who ever said that you guys are saints????? Yes scamming is not nice but make sure you watch the way you generalize it buddy.


juan 6 years ago

It's not even a woman the one you talked to, i just got one of those today, I'll keep the game till "he" send me some girl pics and then i'll just forget about that. nothing else you can do.


MJ 7 years ago

Yeah, I did this for years thinking I would find one real person who really had money and wanted a fiduciary. I made up a form for them to sign which many did. I arranged with others in the same country to pay any fees needed so that the "money" could be released. They are all liars. No matter what arrangements you make, and especially if you send money, they will always come up with a way to ask YOU to send it or send more. It has been my (personal, not just with these emails) experience that an African will tell you anything he thinks you will believe to get something from you. Why would he want to give you anything? Look at African life. Life has usually taught him to care for no one as no one cares for him. Look at the comment posted by the Nigerian. Note the tone. Even though Africa has become famous for these type of cruel scams, he denies it vehemently. Ask any scammer you are dealing with if he is a scam and he will usually reply the same way- Because he is a scammer. We reply to these mails because we want something too. Love, friendship, a break, whatever. Ask yourself honestly if you really think you could get this from abused people who have become abusers, (they think) for their own survival.


oche emeka 7 years ago

very funny, excuse me, you guys are making it sound as if nigeria is a crime invested country. am sure you guys have more criminally mined human beings in your u.k. whatever you call yourself you dont have to insult my race. and who the hell cares about a white european guy.please be objective in your anaysis.


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wARtist 7 years ago from China Author

Thank You, Jet! I actually didn't know this kinda scam is so popular. I hope this hub will help other people who is in face of the similar thing.


Jef 7 years ago

Hi,

well done figuring it out, but this is quite a typical scam (the scenario); it's so common in fact that I figured it would probably be on wikipedia, and it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_fee_fraud#Imp...

Most of these scams are not personal but automated, and I think that the one you received was automated to; that's how I recognise it as a (highly) probable scam in the first message you show (from halima): the message is to structured, too consistent in one sence and incoherent in another.

Concerning the structure, you call it a modal form but I'ld go further, since you're a programmer you could make a program yourself to generate such content:

[standard greeting]=[greeting]+[referal to you]

Hi Dear

hello dear friend

These are greetings as we've learned to write letters when we were kids, but most people don't use them in e-mails...

[Show intrest in the victim]

How are you today, I hope everything is well with you.

how are you today i hope that every things is ok with you

How are you... common social practice. If i ask then I'm genuinely interested; a salesman however whishes you well anyway to make you feel comfortable as does Halima...

[State a connection between the two of you]

And then if you keep comparing the two messages it get's to complicated to go on the same way, and the incoherence kicks in. What the hell happened with these sentences:

Sorry to worry you about with my proposal for a relationship with you, but I know that my request will be granted in a good and understanding way, my name is Miss Halima, i saw your profile today at www.hubpages.com and became intrested in you, also i will like to know more about you.

how are you today i hope that every things is ok with you as is my pleassure to contact you after viewing your profile on (hubpages.com)

which really interest me in having communication with you if you will have the desire with me so that we can get to know each other better and see what happened in future.

There are people who are only capable of writing like that, sometimes it's dificult to see; what's more likely is that they are combinations of elements of arrays of short compatibel statements. The compatibility can be defined quite intelligently if you use OOP and the statements are objects. The two last sentences feel like what you'ld expect from chat bots which construct responses the same way.

I'm really hungry and probably typing quite confusingly so I'm just gonna wrap it up and state the final problem of consistency: all words are spelled correctly(you say kinda, the mails would say kind off) while grammar and interpunction is terrible (bordering on randomness if you divide the message in statements). And last but not least: not a single contraction in either message while they're so common in English...


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