The so-called “Nigerian scam” is one of the longest running that I know about. In fact, it predates the Internet and email. The scammers still use surface mail and faxes as well as email.
There are a great many versions of this scam. Although many originate out of Nigeria, hence the generic term “Nigerian scam”, it is certainly not only Nigerian based criminals that send them.
In spite of the longevity of this type of scam and the large amounts of publicity that it has received, many people around the world are still being conned out of substantial sums of money.
Basically, the scam works like this. You receive an unsolicited message that masquerades as some manner of business proposition, request for assistance, notice of a potential inheritance, or opportunity to help a charity. In fact, there is a seemingly endless array of cover stories that the scammers use in order to draw potential victims into the con. In spite of this diversity, virtually all of the scam messages share a common theme. The messages all claim that your help is needed to access a large sum of money, usually many millions of dollars.
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
Like they say, “there’s a fool born every minute“, “a fool and his money are easily parted“, and “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!“
Do you fall for these scams?
I’ll leave you with this thought:
A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.