Dating scams 419
Dating scams 419
Now, maybe you're too smart to fall for any of these scams, but that doesn't mean a friend or family member is safe.You need to make sure they're aware of the scams that are the most common and affect hundreds of thousands of people.
The scammer will then offer you a large sum of money to help them transfer their personal fortune out of the country.
Nigerian scams involve someone overseas offering you a share in a large sum of money or a payment on the condition you help them to transfer money out of their country.
While these scams originated in Nigeria, they now come from all over the world.
These scammers are well aware of this and therefore often pretend to be from the USA/ UK/ Australia/ Canada or some other Western country.
Armed with their fake identity, the scammer proceeds to forge a bond with you.
If paid, the scammer may make up new fees that require payment before you can receive your reward.
They will keep asking for more money as long as you are willing to part with it.The scammer will contact you out of the blue by email, letter, text message or through social media.The scammer will tell you an elaborate story about large amounts of their money trapped in banks during events such as civil wars or coups, often in countries currently in the news.These scams are often known as 'Nigerian 419' scams because the first wave of them came from Nigeria.The '419' part of the name comes from the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which outlaws the practice. Scammers may ask for your bank account details to 'help them transfer the money' and use this information to later steal your funds.Or they may ask you to pay fees, charges or taxes to 'help release or transfer the money out of the country' through your bank.