Today’s Scam of the day comes right from my email and I am sure that it has appeared in the email boxes of many of you. Although it may appear that the Nigerian email scam began in the era of the Internet, the basis of the scam actually goes back to 1588 when it was known as the Spanish Prisoner Scam. In those days, a letter was sent to the victim purportedly from someone on behalf of a wealthy aristocrat who was imprisoned in Spain under a false name. The identity of the nobleman was not revealed for security reasons, but the victim was asked to provide money to obtain the release of the aristocrat, who, it was promised would reward the money-contributing victim with great sums of money and, in some circumstances, the Spanish prisoner’s beautiful daughter in marriage.
Today’s scam of the day is yet another variation of what has come to be known as the Nigerian letter scam. In the various versions of this scam circulating on the Internet today, you are promised great sums of money if you assist a Nigerian in his effort to transfer money out of his country. Variations include the movement of embezzled funds by corrupt officials, a dying gentleman who wants to make charitable gifts or a minor bank official trying to move the money of deceased foreigners out of his bank without the government taking it. the example below of the email I received isn’t from Nigeria, but the scam is the same. Although generally, you are told that you do not need to contribute anything financially to the endeavor, you soon learn that it is necessary for you to contribute continuing large amounts of money for various reasons, such as various fees, bribes, insurance or taxes before you can get anything. Of course, the victim ends up contributing money to the scammer, but never receives anything in return.
Here is a copy of the email, I recently received:
“How are you doing today?
Hope all is well with you? Am sorry to disturb you please bear with me just that i need your help. my name is Miss Judith Irene, the only daughter and the only child of late Engr. Bernard Bakary Irene. the Director of Bajam Enterprise (Building Construction Company in Kenya) also the CEO of Bernard Import and Export (KENYA).
I am 25 years old girl Single, But at the present am staying in the Refugee Camp, In Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, West Africa, i want you to help me relocate to your country to further my education. Before the death of my father, my father deposited sum amount of money total Amount [USD$ 4.500,000.00] FOUR MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ] in one of the leading bank out of my country which i am the next of kin before he met his untimely death. he instructed me while on his sick bed to look for a foreign partner not from this country who will help me and transfer this money out of here and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help me and transfer the money into your account pending my arrival to you to start a new life over there.
So: after the death of my father as a result of poison, his brother (My Uncle) who is the purchasing and marketing sale manager of my late fathers company named (Mr. Tokunbo Oriade Irene) wanted to convert all the properties and resources of my late father into his, which i quarreled with him and it made him to lay his anger on me to the extent of hiring an
assassins to kill me but to God be the glory i succeeded by making a way to Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, West Africa,for my dear life.
As a matter of fact my mother died when i was barely 4 years old according to my late father and the type of love he had for my mother made him to remain un-married till he left the ghost. Honestly i do live a fearful life even here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, because of those Assassins coming after me since Ouagadougou Burkina Faso, and my country Kenya is all in Africa.
As a matter of fact i wish not to stay here again; rather i want to leave here immediately. Perhaps I disclosed this to you alone with love and trust which i deposed in you and wish the same from you.
I contact the bank to verify the method of the transfer with the bank director and he told me that they can not release the money to me, unless I provide to the bank a trustee who will invest the money for me, he said that is the agreement between the bank and my late father.
I hope you will not betray the trust I have on you? Because this money is my only hope in life, you will also help me to relocate over to your country to continue my education while you will invest the money for me in any good Business of your choice there in your country, I will compensate you with 35% for your kind assistance, while you will invest 65% in any
business of your choice.
You will be taking care of me from the profit you make from the business which you will use to sponsor me to the university, I can assure you there is No Risk involve, the money is an inheritance from my late father I also secured the deposit document of the money with me, when I receive your return message I will forward to you the full Details of the transfer.
information, i will like to know your full detail’s:exp.
1. Your name………………………….
2. Your age…………………………..
3. Your address……………………….
4. Your phone number……………………….
5. Your Occupation………………….
6. Your Country……………………….
I am waiting to receive your reply as soonest.
Reply to my private E-mail address ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Miss Judith Irene”
This is a simple scam to avoid. It preys upon people whose greed overcomes their good sense. The first thing you should ask yourself is why would you be singled out to be so lucky to be asked to participate in this arrangement. Since there is no good answer to that question, you should merely hit delete and be happy that you avoided a scam. As with many such scams, which are originating outside of the United States, the punctuation and grammar are not very good.
Many people wonder why cybercriminals and scammers send out such ridiculously obvious scam letters that anyone with an ounce of sense would recognize as a scam, but that may be intentional on the part of the scammer because if someone responds to such an obvious scam, they are more likely to fall prey to the scam.