The recipient is encouraged to send information to the author, such as blank letterhead stationery, bank name and account numbers, and other identifying information using a fax number provided in the letter. ) to send money to the author of the letter in several installments of increasing amounts for a variety of reasons.
Of course you will never get any of the money and in fact lose whatever amount you give. The 419 Scam: The scheme centers around receiving an email, fax, or even a letter usually written in capital letters.
a business trip or to visit his child in a Nigerian boarding school or even a safari.
Soon enough there is some sort of "emergency" with either the child suffering from a brain hemorrhage or "William" suffering a life threatening accident.
These scammers spend hours extracting thousands of American e-mail addresses, sending off fraudulent letters, and then wait for hundreds of replies each day.
After some time, "William" has to travel to Nigeria or Ghana for some reason e.g.
In reality, there is no money–except for the money you put up in advance.
You will be instructed to pay thousands of dollars in bribes, taxes, attorney costs or other expenses. Victims who travel overseas may find themselves physically threatened and not allowed to leave until they “pay up”.
Named after a now-defunct Nigerian law the 419 scam is a classic amongst online dating scams.
This is the one scam you are almost certain to come across if you do online dating for any length of time, sorry to say.