For as long as email has been around, scammers have been waiting with baited breath. One common scam is fraud and called the 419 scam from the Nigerian criminal code.
The scammers tend to use Yahoo, Hotmail and other public email services.
The scammers are using a ruse to trick people out of large amounts of money. Unfortunately it can be hard to recover funds from scammers who operate in Afrika.
Stolen images are used which prey on persons emotions. It all part of the ruse to trick people,
Sometimes, multiple scammers will pose as one person; other times, one scammer will pose as a wealthy Nigerian, attorney, travel agent, lawyer, government official, etc. Don’t fall for it. Everything the scammer tells you — their name, address, occupation, and sob story — is a complete lie.
No stranger has a right to access your bank account number, credit or debit card number, debit card PIN, or Social Security number.
Scammers will ask you to wire money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. They might also use your money to buy prepaid credit cards, set up new accounts, or buy expensive goods to ship abroad. Don’t give them a dime of your hard-earned savings.
Modern-day 419 scammers typically work in groups. Because they have so many people on their payroll — about 30 percent of scammers’ earnings go to paying bribes — it’s difficult for Nigerian and international policing agencies to track down specific individuals. Some cell numbers seen are located in several nations near Nigeria suggesting the groups are international in their scope. International calls are a source of income for many less affluent nations.