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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!
An Email I Received Today
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 (email@example.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.
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.
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.
Have You Ever Received This Kinda Stuff?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
email@example.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!
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.