|Forum topic by WayneC||posted 09-15-2007 03:44 PM||1184 views||0 times favorited||24 replies|
09-15-2007 03:44 PM
Part of using the Internet and this site safely is to understand the dangers of the internet. We have someone (sonia2007) trying to pull off a Nigerian Scam or advaced fee fraud on the members of this site. In general everyone should be aware of this scam so I am including info on it.
This scam usually begins with a form-letter e-mail sent to many target recipients making an offer that will purportedly result in a large payoff for the intended victim. The stories behind the offers vary, but the standard plot is that a person or government entity is in possession of a large amount of money or gold. This person, for myriad reasons, either cannot access the wealth directly or is no longer in need of it. Such people, who are fictional or impersonated characters played by the scammer, could include the wife of a deposed African or Indonesian leader, a terminally ill wealthy person, a U.S. soldier who has stumbled upon a hidden cache of gold, a business being audited by the government, a disgruntled worker or corrupt government official who has embezzled funds, and similar characters.
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