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  • The Nigerian Scam

    So, I get about 6 emails a day from "Barrister John Weston" stating I have a distant relative who died in a automobile accident, and 18 million is left in my name. Obviously this is a scam, but where did they get my email address and how do i get the emails to stop? I tried everything i know.

  • #2
    Re: The Nigerian Scam

    Copy/paste us the email.

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    • #3
      Re: The Nigerian Scam

      Heres one I recieved just a minute ago:
      FROM MR.TONY BROWN
      FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK PLC
      LAGOS NIGERIA

      Dear Sommer,

      I am Mr.Tony Brown, an accountant with First City Monument Bank
      Plc.(F.C.M.B) I am writing this letter to ask for your support and
      cooperation to carry out this business opportunity in my department We
      discovered an abandoned sum of ($10 million u.s.dollars) in an account
      that
      belongs to one of our foreign customer Late Engineer D. Sommer,who died
      in
      the Ikeja bomb blast of the 27th January 2002. my client, his wife, and
      their two children were involved in the Ikeja bomb blast, unfortunately
      they
      lost their lives in the process of the bomb blast.

      Since we heard of his death, we have been expecting his next-of-kin to
      come
      over and put claims for his money as the heir, because the bank's
      management
      cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for
      claim as
      the next-of-kin to the deceased depositor as indicated in our banking
      guidelines. Unfortunately, neither their family member nor distant
      relative
      has ever appeared to claim the said fund.

      Upon this discovery, I and other officials in my department have agreed
      to
      make business with you and release the total amount into
      your account as the heir of the fund since no one came for it or
      discovered
      his maintained account with our bank, otherwise the fund will be
      returned to
      the banks treasury as unclaimed fund.

      We have agreed that our ratio of sharing will be as stated thus; 35 %
      for
      you as foreign partner, 65 % for us the officials in my department.Upon
      the
      successful completion of this transfer, I and one of my colleagues will
      come
      to your country and mind our share. It is from our 65 % that we intend
      to
      import Agricultural Machineries into our country as a way of recycling
      the
      fund. To commence this transaction,we require you to immediately
      indicate your interest by a return e-mail and enclose your private
      contact
      telephone number, fax for constnt communications, you will be required
      also
      to file an application of claims to the appropriate department for
      necessary
      approvals before the transfer can
      be made.

      I look forward to receiving your prompt response for oral
      clarifictions.

      P/S REPLY TO MY ALTERNATIVE- EMAIL-ADDRESS:tonybrown2026@yahoo.fr

      Mr.Tony Brown(F.C.M.B)


      For confirmation,please refer to the links below:

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2718295.stm
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/worald/africa/2698081stm
      http://www.worldsocialist-cwi.org/index2.html?/eng/2002/02/02.html

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      I'v been getting these emails for years, but now its getting so anoying

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      • #4
        Re: The Nigerian Scam

        They addressed this on 20/20 last night.

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        • #5
          Re: The Nigerian Scam

          Originally posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
          They addressed this on 20/20 last night.
          ok, elaborate please for those of us who did not see it.

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          • #6
            Re: The Nigerian Scam

            We must be distant cousins, pveticket!

            I used to get them, too. I switched to Yahoo and I've found the filter to be really good for those scam spams to get through.

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            • #7
              Re: The Nigerian Scam

              Karla, I don't know much about the scams itself, but the scammers tend to use the name of famous people to get money from you somehow. Steve Irwins name was even used in one of the scams saying something like his organization needed help to save a certain animal and they wanted your money.

              But basically the segment on 20/20 showcased how they arrested some of the scammers in stings.

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              • #8
                Re: The Nigerian Scam

                I remember some guy decided to take some clowns trying this same scam for a ride and got them seriously busted. I wish I still had a link to the website where he posted all the emails that went back & forth. It was hilarious.

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                • #9
                  Re: The Nigerian Scam

                  What is the scam trying to get from you?

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Nigerian Scam

                    Originally posted by barfownz View Post
                    What is the scam trying to get from you?
                    Your bank account information so they can steal your money and generally ruin your life.

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                    • #11
                      Re: The Nigerian Scam

                      Yup, they have an article on it on www.snopes.com
                      Obviously, i'm not going to invest
                      But its starting to get annoying
                      Just today iv recieved 8 of them from different email addresses and names

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                      • #12
                        Re: The Nigerian Scam

                        Originally posted by stinkerbell View Post
                        We must be distant cousins, pveticket!

                        I used to get them, too. I switched to Yahoo and I've found the filter to be really good for those scam spams to get through.
                        I do have yahoo

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                        • #13
                          Re: The Nigerian Scam

                          If you have Yahoo, in your inbox there is a button to click labled Spam. Click it!

                          Delete Spam Mark Move...
                          these are right above your inbox...


                          it really does work, I used to get them all the time, but by labeling them as spam it has helped the filter or something, because now I rarely get any.

                          hope that helps
                          procrastibating

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                          • #14
                            Re: The Nigerian Scam

                            once you put the emails in the Spam filter on Yahoo! mail it works pretty well, i only get one of these about every 3 weeks or so
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                            • #15
                              Re: The Nigerian Scam

                              God I use to get these emails all the time on Yahoo. I used to forward them to my local rep here in Pa. I haven't seen one in a few months now.
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