The “Nigerian Prince” scam, also known as the “419” scam, has been around for so long. It is also called the “419” scam, which comes from Section 419 of the Nigerian Criminal Code. The scam does not only originate from or happen in Nigeria but it is often called the “Nigerian letter scam” due to its prevalence in the country in the 1990s.
This scam involves a person who poses as a wealthy individual requesting assistance in getting a huge amount of money from their country and they would give you a large share of the money in return.
There are different types of these emails but they usually tend to be delivered the same way, usually just a plain text email with no images or links.
Example 1: The email will be sent pretending to be a person of certain nationality, dying or sick with some lethal disease, then they would offer control of a large charity fund and in return you can do whatever it is you want with your percentage of said charity fund.
Example 2: The email would be sent to request your assistance in form of an international money transfer action and in return you might get a percentage by helping them transfer an amount from their country to you. However, to start they will require some of your information. This type of scam wants you to engage with the actor and send them money with the false promise of a larger payment coming to you. This is called “advance fee fraud”.
The Nigerian letter scam contains tempting offers, but most of these emails automatically get sent to your spam folder these days.
The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this scam in case you receive one is to recognize the signs. Here are tips on how to avoid getting scammed.
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