How to Spot a Nigerian Scam Email

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Don't lose your fortune to a Nigerian scammer because you were too dumb to spot to scam. Every year many people become victims to scammers because they try, try, try again until they get someone to fall for their tricks.

Things You'll Need

  • A brain.
  • An email address to receive the scam!
  • Most Nigerian scam emails use capital letters for many words that would be filled in by the scammer using a template. For example:

    Attn: Sir/Madam

    Re: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION...

    I am MR OLU ADENIJI, Director Foreign Affairs Ministry, my office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in my country concerned with foreign / Local contract payments/inheritance

  • The scammer always has a large sum of money needing to be transfered out of their country.

  • The scammer offers you a percentage of the sum of money as a reward for helping them - often this amount is in millions of dollars.

  • The scammer usually claims to be part of the government, and lists many official sounding government offices and titles. Also they may appear to be in danger and must keep the transaction completely secret.

  • The scammer also may offer to purchase something you have listed for sale for more than the purchase price. They will send you a money order and ask to be refunded the difference. The money order laters turns out to be fake and the scammer makes off with cash plus your item.

  • If you're being scammed, either 1) Ignore it or

  • 2) Bait the scammer and have fun. See http://www.419eater.com/ for scam baiting ideas!

Tips & Warnings

  • These tips apply to scammers everywhere, not just Nigeria. Always keep your guard up.
  • If someone offers you something too good to be true, it is.

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