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  Advance fee fraud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These scams have come to be associated by the western media with Nigeria due to the massive proliferation of such confidence tricks from that country since the early 1990s, as well as the reputation of the country for corruption.
A variant of the scam will appear to be sent by a lawyer representing the estate of some long-lost relative the victim never knows he or she had (the victim's surname will be inserted into the e-mail message) who perished along with his or her family in a car or airplane accident last April.
In February 2003, a scam victim from the Czech Republic shot and killed Michael Lekara Wayid, an official at the Nigerian embassy in Prague.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nigerian_scam   (5770 words)

 ISO : The "4-1-9" Nigerian Scam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Nigerian Money Scam (also know as the 4-1-9 scam, named after the section of the Nigeria penal code which deals with fraud) is a scam that's been making the rounds for so long that no one can say when it really started.
In the case of the 419 scam, after you've been sucked in to the scheme, the perpetrators will come up with many reasons why you have to pay fees for attorneys and bribes of officials and other things until all your money is gone.
The scam usually involves the victim traveling to Nigeria, sometimes without a visa, which gives the perpetrators leverage over their victim (because it's illegal to be in Nigeria without a visa), and in some cases victims have been murdered after traveling to Nigeria.
www.utdallas.edu /ir/tcs/techsupp/nigeria.html   (1294 words)

 Nigerian Scam
Nigerian crime syndicates have added a new dimension to the fraudulent letter scheme known as 'fraud 419’ which has netted an estimated amount in excess of one billion US dollars from victims since the worldwide scheme was first reported in 1989.
The Nigerian Federal Police have set up a special unit to investigate the scheme but due to the reluctance of victims to travel to Nigeria, prosecutions are difficult to institute.
The General Secretariat of Interpol maintain a file on reported cases but, due to the difficulties encountered in investigating such cases, active measures are being taken to create global awareness in an attempt to prevent people from falling victim to the scheme.
www.pac-c.org /Nigerians.htm   (716 words)

 Nigerian 4-1-9 Scam
The scam starts with a bulk mailing or bulk faxing of a bunch of identical letters to businessmen, professionals, and other persons who tend to be of greater-than-average wealth.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company is desirous of oil exploration in other parts of the world, however, because of certain regulations of the Nigerian Government, it is unable to move these funds to another region.
This scam is often referred to as the 4-1-9 scam, ironically after section 4-1-9 of the Nigerian Penal Code which relates to fraudulent schemes.
www.quatloos.com /scams/nigerian.htm   (1452 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Nigerian Scam
In another form taken by the Nigerian scam, a church or religious organization is contacted by a wealthy foreigner who says he desires nothing more than to leave his considerable fortune to that particular group.
The scam is known as the Nigerian scam, but many countries are routinely named as the homelands the appeals originate from.
The undisputed headquarters of the scam is Nigeria, with some of the cons progressing so far as to have the victims fly to that country to meet with the "officials" they are purportedly assisting.
www.snopes.com /crime/fraud/nigeria.asp   (2197 words)

 New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Please understand that scam artists tend to be highly skilled at manipulating others – while some people have lost money to this scam, others have lost their lives.
This scam is likely to surface at the same time as the legitimate lottery is holding their drawing (December and July).
The scam works this way – a bill that looks like a yellow pages bill is sent out – on the bill is the phrase “this is not a bill” but it can be easily overlooked and that is what these people are counting on.
www.ago.state.nm.us /know/know_pscams.htm   (948 words)

 Nigerian scam continues to thrive - - MSNBC.com
The scam also took a deadly turn last month, when a victim in the Czech Republic allegedly shot and killed a Nigerian diplomat after losing his life savings to the scam.
Scam artists and their copycats have continued to adjust their pitch as members of the public become more aware of the hoax.
The scam artist will generally try to offer a believable explanation: In one case, the overpaid check was described as a refund check from another Internet deal that didn’t work out.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3078489   (1146 words)

 Nigeria Email Scams - Nigerian Advance Fee 419 Fraud advanced fee internet e-mail web scams from South Africa & West ...
Nigerian royalty or a political insider such as "the son of the President of Nigeria" or a "Nigerian prince or princess"
One Nigerian, who claimed to be the late Oliver Tambo's younger brother, used the names of Mandela, Manual and Jeff Radebe, minister of public enterprises, to con wealthy international businessmen out of their money.
In a bid to outsmart Nigerian police surveillance, some of the perpetrators are now operating in the nearby Republic of Benin, Ghana, and Burkina-Faso where foreign nationals now fly into in compliance with the directives of their Nigerian invitees.
www.crimes-of-persuasion.com /Crimes/Business/nigerian.htm   (7830 words)

 Nigerian Scam
In the letter, a Nigerian claiming to be a senior civil servant will inform the recipient that he is seeking a reputable foreign company into whose account he can deposit funds ranging from $10-$60 million which the Nigerian government overpaid on some procurement contract.
The goal of the scam artist is to delude the victim into thinking that he or she has been singled out to participate in a very lucrative -- although questionable -- arrangement.
The scam artist may even establish the credibility of his contacts, and thereby his influence, by arranging a meeting between the victim and "government officials" in real or fake government offices.
www.scambusters.org /NigerianFee.html   (1041 words)

 Florida Computer Crime Center - Nigerian Scam Letters
Nigerian scam solicitations that come by e-mail should be forwarded to the FTC at uce@ftc.gov.
There are several variations of the Nigerian Scam that criminals may use to exploit their victims.
Consumers or businesses that claim to have lost money in a Nigerian scam should call their local Secret Service office or, for general information, call 202-406-5572.
www.fdle.state.fl.us /Fc3/nigerian.html   (554 words)

 Wired News: Nigerian Slain Over E-Mail Scam
According to police reports, the suspect was a victim of the 419 scam, a thriving industry that employs thousands of people around the world.
But according to early reports in Nigerian and Czech newspapers, the gunman's bank account was drained after he gave the account number and other personal details to someone posing as a senior Nigerian official.
The 419 scams were carried out by postal mail until the advent of e-mail, but, according to FBI reports, most 419 scams are now conducted, at least in the early stages, by e-mail.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,57760,00.html   (549 words)

 Wired News: Meet the Nigerian E-Mail Grifters
But sources close to some of the so-called Nigerian e-mail scam's perpetrators insist that those overwrought messages fuel a thriving industry, employing thousands of people around the world who successfully manage to extract money from a multitude of Internet pen pals.
A Nigerian student who asked to be identified only as "Taiwo" (the twin), detailed the workings of the business, which he said his family has been involved in for over 15 years.
While swearing he needed to clear his conscience and "make amends" by revealing how the scam works, Taiwo was also quick to insist that he did nothing more than write letters intended to lure victims into the scam.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,53818,00.html   (845 words)

 Fraudwatch International > Nigerian 419 Scams
The Nigerian Advance Fee Scam, also known internationally as “4-1-9” fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes, has been around since the early 1980's.
In the letter, the Nigerian will inform the recipient that he is seeking a reputable foreign company or individual into whose account he can deposit funds ranging from $10-$60 million that the Nigerian government overpaid on some procurement contract.
Because it is a serious offense in Nigeria to enter without a valid visa, the victim's illegal entry may be used by the fraudsters as leverage to coerce the victims into releasing funds.
www.fraudwatchinternational.com /nigerian-419   (1389 words)

 2Bangkok.com - Nigerian Scam Letter
According to the Coalition, the scam is the third largest industry in Nigeria and is perpetrated by the Nigerian government itself.
This is one of the variants of the famous Nigerian scam.
Nigerian Scam Letter Archive - Due to the volume of Nigerian Scam letters that have been contributed, we've set up a new page to hold them all.
www.2bangkok.com /2bangkok/Scams/Nigerian.shtml   (4393 words)

 ‘Nigerian scams’ keep evolving - Security - MSNBC.com
The most familiar Nigerian scam is an e-mail offering lots of free money in exchange for helping someone with a name like Barrister Richard Okoya.
You'd be surprised, says Dale Miskall, supervisory special agent in charge of an FBI cybercrime squad in Birmingham, Ala.  He's been working Nigerian scams for the Internet Fraud Complaint Center for years; in January, he went to Nigeria to testify against suspects after a rare arrest.
The year before, it was family of victims of the Concorde plane crash.  Earlier this year, it was a tsunami victim; then, a U.S. solider killed in Iraq during the war on terror.  Anything to get an edge, or to catch victims with their guard down.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/8171053   (575 words)

 The "Nigerian" Scam: Costly Compassion
Nigerian advance-fee fraud has been around for decades, but now seems to have reached epidemic proportions: Some consumers have told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) they are receiving dozens of offers a day from supposed Nigerians politely promising big profits in exchange for help moving large sums of money out of their country.
Claiming to be Nigerian officials, businesspeople or the surviving spouses of former government honchos, con artists offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account in exchange for a small fee.
More information about Nigerian Advance-Fee Loan scams is available from the U.S. Secret Service (www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml) and the U.S. Department of State (www.state.gov/www/regions/africa/naffpub.pdf).
www.ftc.gov /bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/nigeralrt.htm   (449 words)

 Nigerian Scam -- Promise of Funds but Intent is to Rob
Romancing the Stone Scam - Fraud entails a brief courtship via Internet through a dating service, with prospects of of marriage, a request for a "small loan," then gone.
In talking to the bank Vice President, I learned that a scam very similar to this had surfaced six years ago, and that the FDIC had issued a fraud alert to its member banks titled, "Americans Losing Lives in Nigerian Money Scam." He also told me that there had been several victims from this area.
Beware of one of the most dangerous scam artists - another near victim wishes for his story to be told.
www.greaterthings.com /News/NigerianScam   (2772 words)

 Information Security: frauds and scams
Some commentators on the scam have speculated (usually with tongue in cheek) noted that there must be an epidemic of keyboards with broken Caps Lock keys in Nigeria.
Although the Nigerian government claims to be cracking down on them, it is commonly believed that they are actually protecting the scammers, in fact, many believe that Nigerian government officials are the scammers.
Whether this is true or not, it has been alleged that the reason the Nigerian government allows the scam to continue is that it is estimated to be the third or fourth largest source of revenue for the Nigerian economy.
www.upenn.edu /computing/security/advisories/419scam.html   (1064 words)

 Scam Joke Page
He is a master of scamming the scammer.
Scam Bam Thank Ya Ma'am - The Lads are on to him.
Nigerian Scam Baiting- Bloodsport - Not yet an Olympic sport, but close.
www.geocities.com /scamjokepage   (342 words)

 Internet Scam Alert - Nigerian Counterfeit Cashiers Check Scam
For example, if a man has been chatting to a woman (overseas) for perhaps two months (he is slowly gaining her trust), eventually the woman will say that she wants to come to the country where the man resides.
If you have been a victim of the scam, there is information on the SecretService.gov website that should be helpful in reporting the scam, and on the website you will find the telephone contact information for the local field offices of the Secret Service for your state (for those residing in USA).
If a person is aware of the scam, then they will simply ignore and delete the scammers email, and obviously they won’t fall for the scam.
www.internetscamalert.com   (2207 words)

 Nigerian Scam
The name is derived from the fact that Nigeria was often the country referenced in the scam.
The scam is also sometimes referenced as the 419 scam which is the Nigerian penal code section for crimes of this nature.
In this scam the sender writes a tale about how they have millions of dollars stuck in a foreign bank account (sometimes in Nigeria, but many other countries may be involved).
www.svpal.org /subscriber/nigerian.html   (718 words)

 Nigerian Scam
This specific type of scam is generally referred to as the Nigerian scam because of its prevalence in the region, particularly during the 1990s.
The origins of this scam are widely debated with some suggesting it started in Nigeria during the 1970s, while others suggest its origins go back hundreds of years to other confidence scams such as the Spanish prisoner scam.
Warnings signs of a Nigerian scam include a U.S. currency account in a foreign country, odd spelling and language in the body of the email and a promise of substantial compensation for little effort.
www.investopedia.com /terms/n/nigerianscam.asp   (468 words)

 Nigerian Scam FRAUD ALERTS
The most important factor of these new scams is that they rely entirely on the honesty of the victim.
This is a new twist inasmuch as involvement in a Nigerian Letter Scam means the victim has to agree to break any number of international laws, especially bank laws.
They are 100% based on the fact that most people will conduct business with a total stranger thousands of miles away in the same manner as they would their neighbor in a small town.
www.fraudaid.com /ScamSpeak/Nigerian/index.htm   (997 words)

 "Advance Fee" Nigerian Frauds (419) "Scam Central"!
The specifically business-related scams entice small to mid-sized business people or faith-based organizations to pay advance fees to bid on non-existent contracts, or to give money to pay fees associated with moving money to their bank account.
Charity Scam 419 in which the target is told that the persecuted Nigerian Christians or Muslims, etc, (depending upon the target organization) need to get their money out of the country before it is seized.
Your Nigerian partners have just received a lucrative government contract, and if this shipment arrives on time, it means many more large orders in the near future.
www.freemaninstitute.com /419.htm   (3499 words)

 Nigerian scam fools financial adviser - National - www.smh.com.au
Such is the staggering stupidity that led this Melbourne financial manager to fleece his clients of more than $1 million so he could toss it into the fl hole of a Nigerian letter scam.
So ridiculous seemed the proposition that Street, then an authorised representative of the licensed dealer Grosvenor Securities, had fallen for the infamous Nigerian scam that ASIC initially considered whether he might have been in on it.
Gradually, ASIC wound up Tira Pty Ltd, secured a Federal Court undertaking that Street be barred for life from the financial services industry and charged him with five counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception between September 2001 and August 2002.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/10/18/1097951631345.html   (476 words)

 ~~|~~ Do these things suck? ~~ Spoof the Nigerian Scam Spams.
This is the Nigerian 419 scam from Andrew Agbo , after several iterations of email.
LAGOS, Nov 23: Five years ago, three Nigerian men tracked Frieda Springer-Beck to her village in Bavaria, put a gun to her head and told her to drop charges against a man she accused of staging an elaborate international fraud.
The so-called 419 scam, named after the article in Nigeria’s criminal code outlawing it, has become so successful over the last 20 years that campaigners say it is now one of the African country’s biggest exports after oil, natural gas and cocoa.
www.nowscape.com /suck/NIGERIAN_SCAM.htm   (2871 words)

 Nigerian scam suckers professor
A MIAMI law professor, with three doctorates, who is in the centre of a money laundering court case, claims he is a victim of the Nigerian scam.
A "Nigerian official" promised in late 2003 to pay him for legal services if he would help the government and a Nigerian businessman recoup $1.68 million from a US truck-leasing company.
He apparently didn't seem to notice any problems with the English in the email, or anything else that suggested it was a Nigerian scam other than the fact it came from Nigera.
www.theinquirer.net /?article=20627   (274 words)

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