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Sunday, June 26, 2011

what is Nigerian 419 schemes ?

A scam. The text of one such email follows:
Example of scam email:

Subject: Awaitting your responce.

My name is Danjuma Sule, one of the sons of major Gen Gumel Danjuma Sule, The late Nigeria's former minister of mines and power in the regime of the late former Nigeria's military Head of state, Gen Sanni Abacha.
He married my mother on the agreement that my mother,Amina Fausat Sule, will maintain her family's name together with her children. Before he died in the German hospital on the 15th of November 1988 where he went to operate on the cancer of the knee, he fixed the Sum of $30,000.000.00 in the Central Bank of Nigeria under Intartrade Ventures Ltd on behalf of my mother. The 3 yrs maturity period placed on the money is due but the problem we are having now is that we lost the whole of the documents as a result of fire, which gutted our house 3 months ago.
We have discussed with our family attorney on how to collect the money with out hitches, he advised us to liaise with a foreigner who will act as the foreign partner of Intartrade Ventures Ltd and will purport that The money in question is urgently needed overseas for an important project.
It is on this basis I am seeking for assistance. Your percentage is negotiable. Please note; your age and profession doesn't really matter in this transaction. Waiting for your immediate response.

Danjuma Sule

The reality: Before the popularity of email, Nigerian 419 scams were originally sent over fax machines and by snail mail. Those who have contacted the scammers are presented with many forged or official documents in an attempt to convince the victims that the promise of money is legit. Meantime, they claim fees must be paid and accounts must be setup. All this money is at the victim's expense. Loss of your own funds is the easy part. Some who have responded to Nigerian 419 scams have become victims of kidnapping and murder.

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