Scam of the day – December 17, 2014 – Afghan style Nigerian email scam

Not all Nigerian email scams originate in Nigeria.  The long-time scam that has come to be known as the Nigerian email scam has many variations, but a common theme.  In the email you are promised something for nothing, however, once you respond to the plea which can be under the guise of a long lost deceased relative, a banker trying to send money out of the country or even, as this latest incarnation of the scam describes, helping to get money out of a war torn country, you soon learn that you need to send money for various purposes to facilitate the movement of the funds.  Of course, the money you send is lost and you receive nothing, but a lesson.

Here is a copy of the email I recently received.

“I am in the military unit here in Afghanistan,we have some amount of funds that we want to move out of the country.My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust. It is risk free and legal. Reply to this email m.alanedward2@yahoo.cl

Regards,
Major. Alan Edward”

Although I only recently received this email, it has been circulating for at least two years.

TIPS

As I always say, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.”  This email has scam written all over it.  Why are you being singled out to be blessed with such good fortune by an email that doesn’t even come with a salutation addressed to you by name?  Apparently it needs to be repeated, but if it looks too good to be true, it generally is.  Unfortunately, you still receive these emails because people still fall for these scams.  When you get such an email, the only thing you should do is get a good chuckle out of it and then delete it immediately.