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    Follow these EMAIL Instructions and earn NTH Dollars-NOT!

    It's sad how frequently people are scammed out of their hard earned money online. The major demographic that takes a hit from these cons are stay-at-home-moms, retired individuals, low incomers and college students.

    I am listing my personal favorite here, so watch out guys! If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably not true!

    Letters from Nobody-Or Nigeria??? :

    Also known as scam 419 (the number refers to Nigerian Criminal Code which deals with fraud). This carrot and stick variety scam has scored a lot of victims and-attention.

    There multiple avatars to this particular ruse, the most common one being:

    An email arrives from a man claiming to be a senior civil servant of Nigeria (or another African country). Now this "Nigerian millionaire" writes that he's looking for a "reputable foreigner". Yes a man of a net worth of around $60 million has decided to contact YOU.

    WHY????

    For "safe-keeping" his massive wealth till he can escape the dangerous political situation of his own country. Don't worry Nigerians are popular for trusting random strangers with their millions. Off course an average person will look for a catch. In return for providing asylum to this MUCH money, your contact usually promises 20-30% of his amassed wealth till—as one email put it—“documentations are finalized over here.” The emails may even come with a (forged) seal of the Nigerian government, makes for more realistic theater. Naturally such a "high stake" business venture requires your immediate financial help because as soon as your on board something goes seriously wrong and your millionaire Nigerian now requires your aid (just a couple of thousand dollars, nothing compared to your millions in inheritance, off course!). Your Nigerian contact's initial "millions of dollars" are an important footnote here. This is the more elaborate variety, your Nigerian friend can also be a recently deceased business man requesting you to fulfill a last request and receive a large inheritance in return. According to the Federal Trade Commission: People do, in fact, fall for this.

    Please don't. For the sake of all good and viable common sense out there. Don't fall for email scams!
    Last edited by Ramish Rana; 04-17-2015 at 03:04 PM.

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