The following is a classic example of the "Nigerian Scam", but remember, it can claim to be from a man or a woman, and it can appear to come from ANY country.
At some point, the victim is asked to pay up front an Advance Fee of some sort, be it an "Advance Fee", "Transfer Tax", "Performance Bond", or to extend credit, grant COD privileges, whatever. If the victim pays the Fee, there are many "Complications" which require still more advance payments until the victim either quits, runs out of money, or both. If the victim extends credit etc. he may also pay such fees ("nerfund" etc.), and then he is stiffed with NO Effective Recourse. There is a US government task force working on this problem.. If you want to read a LOT more about it, click HERE. Or, read THIS one, from our OWN US Postal Service.
The following email was sent to ME, a cartoon character, at the address "Plowgirlie" (Which I happened to use ONCE as a joke). THAT should tell you something about how legitimate the whole thing is, right THERE!!
Subject: Please Read
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 03:29:39 +0100
From: "Mariam Abacha"
Dear Friend ,
Furthermore, my elder son is in detention by the Nigerian Government for more interrogation about my husband's assets and some vital documents. Following the recent discovery of my husband's Bank Account by the Nigerian Government with Swiss Bank in which the huge sum of US$700Million and DM450Milllion was logged. I therefore decided to contact you in confidence that I was able to move out the sum of US$25Million Dollars, which was secretly lodged in a trunk box and deposited with a Security Company as materials of Inheritance.
I therefore personally, appeal to you seriously and religiously for your urgent assistance to move this money into your country where I believe it will be safe since I cannot leave the country due to the restriction of movement imposed on the members of my family by the Nigerian Government.
However, arrangements have been put in place to move this money out of the country in a secret vault through a diplomatic security company, as soon as you indicate your interest, forward to my lawyer your Telephone Number, Fax Number and your Postal Address so that he can send to you the Certificate of Deposit and other necessary documents, so that you can help to claim the luggage.
Conclusively, we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum while 70% is to be held on trust by you until we decide on a suitable business investment in your country subsequent to our free movement by the Nigerian Government.
Please reply urgently and treat with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.
NB:To prove the authenticity of my story i will want you to go through the links below.
So..... If you receive anything that even REMOTELY resembles this, it is a SCAM. Do NOT respond to it!!