Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud – People Actually Fall for These?
It never ceases to amaze me at the types of spam I get, especially the Nigerian scam emails. What surprises me isn’t that they’re sending it, but that it’s worth sending! If they’re sending it, that means someone is falling for it. Even worse, enough people are falling for it that they’re making money off of it.
Here’s the latest scam email I received this morning:
I guess this letter may come to you as surprise since I had no previous correspondence with you.
I am the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Ghana (EC). I got your contact in my search for a reliable person to handle a very confidential transaction involving the transfer of the sum of $14.500.000 Dollars (Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) the above fund is not connected with arms, drugs or money laundering. It is the product of an over invoiced contract awarded in 2008 by (EC) to a foreign company for the supply of electoral materials that were used for conducting the 2008 elections.
The contract has long been executed and payment of the actual contract amount has been made to the foreign contractor leaving the balance of $14.5 million which my colleagues and I now want to transfer out of Ghana into a reliable foreign account for our personal use.
As civil servants we are not allowed to run foreign accounts. Hence we have chosen to front and support you as the beneficiary to this funds. If you are interested in the proposal kindly get back to me by sending me your letter of acceptance along with your direct telephone and fax numbers, we have decided to share the money in the following percentage, 60% for us 30% for you the account owner and 10% for all local and international expenses that may arise in the course of this transaction. Further details about this transaction will be discussed in subsequent correspondence.
Note also that the particular nature of your business is irrelevant to this transaction and this transaction is expected to be concluded within 5 working days since all local contacts and arrangements are in place for a smooth and successful conclusion of this transaction.
Contact me via email with your contact telephone and fax numbers, so that I can call you for a discussion.
Thank you as I await your response.
You can reach me on my private email account firstname.lastname@example.org
If I had never seen this before and got this in my email, I’d be asking at least the following questions:
- Why is someone offering little old me 30% of $14,500,000?
- Isn’t it illegal for an election official in Ghana to take those funds for his personal use?
- Are they really going to trust a complete stranger to transfer such a large amount of money in 5 days?
- What’s the risk for me?
- Is it legal for me to do this?
I mean, duh! Of course, the answer is that it’s a scam designed to get you, the victim, to pay them m0ney before they send you anything…which they won’t.
Seriously, we’re in sad shape as a country, if not the world, if so many people are dumb enough to fall for this.