I got Involved with the Nigerian inheritance scam crew. I was almost scammed by "Miss Vivian", ever heard of that name?
I don't think I can ever fall for such crap, I am not that gullible... IMHO.
So this is for the average Nigerian; folks with high hopes and determination and also for the few people that have fallen for this cheap crap once in their life time. Everybody needs to read this because you may be their next targetI learned that a man lost over six hundred thousand naira to this email scammers, it may not have gotten to that extent if he saw an article like this one before his encounter with them.
Scamming or email scam have been in existence and in wide-spread since the birth of internet itself. Personally, I have seen a lot of the different enticing ways they approach people.
The purported Nigerian romance scam is one of the most prevalent, they aim to woo aged single foreign girls with nice looking photos, hoping that these girls would fall for their "sweet talks" and that is it, another "maga" would be born.
Desperate women in love can do almost anything for the young handsome guy who still adore and sing their praises. The Nigerian romance scam is simply an exploration of women's emotional fantasy; when they fail with the women they turn to the men.
Five days ago I got an email, maybe it is the prevalent Nigerian inheritance scam, they sent the first mail all the way from selfgroth.com, a reputable motivational/information website.They have learned by trial and error to operate from the corridors of prominence. Here is the mail I received.
Hi, My name is Vivian is my pleasure to contact you after seeing your profile (www.selfgrowth.com) which really interest me to communicate with you I will be glad if you can write me through my email for easiest communication and to know everything about me (email@example.com) I will wait to hear from you soon. Your Vivian
When I got this email, my security-conscious-mentality pushed me to conduct a thorough research using the datas she provided as keywords; and I was thereafter convinced that she (or rather he) was a fraudstar.
I discovered that this exact mail have been sent to more than hundred others at different times and from different websites but I just wanted to see it to the end so I followed through with a reply hoping that maybe I could scam the scammer or even arrest them and put an end to the Nigerian inheritance scam.
So here is my first email to her
Hello Vivian, are you in for business? I am David, I would also like to know what you have in mind. All the best, David.
I went out in the morning and in about 8 hours time, boom! The scammer was back with an eye-popping but obvious romance scam email. This is where many first timers start losing their grip and start imagining how it would really feel to have a foreign girlfriend amidst insurmountable riches.
I got a mail from someone that claimed to be miss Vivian, from Rwanda in central Africa. According to her, she was 5.4 feet tall, fair complexioned and never married. She went further to explain how her father "Abraham Ndadeye Henry" was a politician and the managing director of a gold mining industry before he died. But not before he deposited the sum of $3.5m in an offshore account... bla bla. Concluded by saying that I would get half of the money/her love if I assist her with a successful relocation to my country
As promised, the scammer attached the photograph of a really pretty girl, You need to have seen the pretty innocent girl who probably never knew her picture is being used for fraudulent activities. Yes, they call it Nigerian 4-1-9 scamSo with enough enthusiasm to get to the root of the matter I sent her another email
It is so stimulating hearing from you, but I am really lost here seeing you are a citizen of another country and I am here in Nigeria. We may never see as I have no plan of visiting Senegal anytime, so I am wondering what we can achieve by chatting over the internet. I am not a good fan of long distance relationship except you have something else in mind; like moving over to my country. But even then I may not hold you. About me; Search for Dave Anan, you will find me everywhere on the web. Or you can still follow my profile from self-growth where you apparently found me. And don't forget "IKUAAT"
If you take a proper look at all the emails I received from them you will notice that they make the same mistake of not answering any of the question on the reply I send.
All they cared about was forwarding me the next email in line. So the next email I got contained the number of the reverend father that I was supposed to call before I could connect with the Vivian.
What can I say, the offer was tempting... The average Nigerian male wouldn't hesitate to seal off a relationship deal with a rich foreign girlfriend.
So this scammer kind of think a lot before cooking up this set of emails, if you are familiar with website designs you should know it would definitely cost more than $400 to set up this kind of system.
So I met another email in the evening but that was after I sent back a reply. The email was more or less a seductive one. Talk about Nigerian romance scam, this one is first grade. Oh, she even referred to me as "my love"
"The Vivian" expressed excitement over my last reply and promised to love me with all her heart, she also provided the emails of the London banks where I was supposed to claim this $3.5m, She ended the email with 'my love, come and take me quickly away from this refugee camp
At that point I knew I was getting to the stage where they would likely ask me to send about $120 to the DHL agent that would secretly deliver the check to me. To many people, $120 is nothing but that would be the beginning, once you send the money they keep sending you more emails for more money and giving you crappy reasons why they haven't sent the check yet and they would do all this without jeopardizing their cover.
The game is still on..., in obedience to their "dying request," I sent a mail to the purported Bank Manager
Hello Benny Higgins, My name is David and I am writing you on be-half of my friend Vivian whose late father made a deposits of a large chunk of money in your bank. I am writing for Vivian who as it appears would not be able to accept the money herself due to circumstances surrounding her. I am told that you would provide me with the neccesary information that would enhance a safe and secured transaction. I will be waiting till I hear from you. Thanks
Actually, I got a response two days after sending the mail from "NatWeat bank Plc London" claiming they were the transfer department, asking me to download another form and fill it. Guys, even a real transfer isn't this cumbersome but those professionally laid out pattern were implored to get me to believe that I was in safe hands.
Then the "impending doom" would happens and they would all scamper away.
Finally, I stopped following the emails and stopped sending a reply, I just got fed up with their rather vigorous steps. This is my ordeal with the Nigerian inheritance scam squad, those guys are intelligent!
Hey you need to read this - Nigerian is my country and we are the best set of people in the world. Romance scam apparently started in some part of the Asian continent and was adopted by few other intelligent but lazy youths round the world as a cheap and quick way of getting easy money. The mail I got was apparently sent from Senegal, another great African country. These does not in any way state or insinuate that the vast majority of the citizens in these countries are silly but that they got great potential which needed to be harnessed and carefully cultivated. It is possible that the purported Nigerian inheritance scam may not actually emanate from Nigeria as people assume.
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