Nigeria Ain’t Just a Country in Africa

In some ways, word of the “Nigerian Scam” — known technically as an “advanced fee fraud scam” — may seem like old news.

Unfortunately, people are still falling for like-minded schemes. A story in today’s (Monday) Kitsap Sun tells a few local stories of the scams, including ones that even targeted Bremerton detectives.

The detectives, of course, didn’t fall for it.

There are plenty of resources online that can help those who suspect they’re getting hit with “scam spam,” including and ScamSpeak.

The Federal Trade Commission offers useful words of wisdom on the topic as well.

Have you ever been a victim? Do you receive these kinds of scams? Feel free to share your stories below.

8 thoughts on “Nigeria Ain’t Just a Country in Africa

  1. Amazing how many e mails I have gotten with this scheme.

    Why can’t they catch these guys, you figure all it would take was a cop acting like patsy?

  2. The last time I got the 1.5 million dolar scam I was asked to send a certified check for $1,700 processing and courier fees. The funds were supposedly in Austrailia. I emailed the guy back asking for the address to send it to. He responded with the wire transfer thing to save costs. I emailed him back and asked for the name and address of the financial institution explaining I was to be in Sydney anyway. I also informed Mr. Adams if I did not recieve the address within 3 business days I would report this as internet fraud. I have not revieved another scam in over a year. It is kind of nice to not get all that junk mail.

  3. What I am surprised is no one has figured out a way to mess with these idiots. If I were a scammer, and sent out a million emails, I know the smart people would delete them and the dumb ones would answer. So I would know any emails I get would be people falling for the scam. If everyone answered with bogus info, thereby requiring more effort on their part until it is not profitable to them. Over time the scammers would their abandon their efforts.
    Just a thought.

  4. I have received numerous scams from Nigeria such as these. They usually tell me that they are children of the Royal Family and are entitled to a trust fund but need an American bank account to collect and they will give me a certain profit. Another one I received is from a “lawyer” who claims his client died and left a huge sum of money in the bank and rather than give the money to a greedy bank, he would rather give it to me.

    Sometimes they back up their story with other valid internet sites that tell of a plane crash or assassination of Royalty, in case you decide to “check out the story”.

    I tried reporting them as spam but found if is much more entertaining to send them copies of previous scams to ask them if it looks familiar. I also like to ask them how dumb they think I am. They usually just write me off and move on to the next person.

  5. J Costello,

    Not a bad idea actually. Maybe someone will come out with a scam the scamer software that automatically gives these e-mails an answer that will require their time and effort because they will think they got a patsy ..

  6. These never come in my personal e-mail but they flow in freely at work.
    I know a guy who reversed the scam and made a few hundred bucks off the spammer.
    I also had a college prof who built his own guitars and a Nigerian scammer tried to get him to send him free guitars.

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