Nigeria Scam - Make sure you dont become a scam victim!

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Scam #3 - "Nigeria Scam" or "Email Scam"

This scam has so many stupid varieties, it's hard to believe people fall for it. This "nigerian scam" doesn't have to be Nigeria but often is. This is a scam which is sometimes called "Get Rick Quick Scam" where they say they are a prince or a king, or any other lame excuse, and say they have come across a large sum of money for whatever the stupid reason may be. There could be a 100 different reasons. The bottom line is they only need you to help recover or help cash in the money, and usually they spam many emails hoping some sucker responds to their email. It states you only need to spend a small sum of money to gain a large amount of money. They may tell you that you need to spend $5000 to help with the transaction, help with the conversion, or any other excuse, and then you get millions of dollars in return. This is obviously a scam and people have fallen for it. They send random emails and hope someone replies if they send enough of them. Use common sense, you aren't getting anything in return and they will have you send as much money as you can, whether small increments or large, and will keep leading you on. Once you wire money, thats gone forever. Delete the emails and don't bother replying to this stupid email scam attempt.

The bottom line is simple. You can avoid almost all these types of scams by using common sense. If you think you may be getting scammed, you probably are.
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Just follow 4 simple rules and you can avoid most scam attempts online:

  • If you get a check or money order over the internet, always confirm 4 to 5 days later by calling your bank to confirm any check or money order has "cleared" before sending any product. The bank will always tell you if it has cleared, wait for that.
  • Never wire money over the internet to someone ever. It doesn't matter what their excuse is, dont do it.
  • Don't open email attachments. This is how they spread viruses. Its easily faked, and easily can have embedded malware and viruses.
  • Never click website links in email. EVER. Use your bookmarks to go to bank websites, etc. (Email links are easily faked, so make it a rule!)

    If you need my help, you can also post a detailed explanation with the scam information here before you do anything. I review these posts often and will give you my opinion on your situation. Just make sure your post includes all details.

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