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The 419 Nigerian Scam Has Refused to Go Away, What Do We Do?

I know I am a Nigerian and probably shouldn't wash "our dirty linen in public", but it has bothered me so much lately, that I have to talk about it. It is such a painful and embarrassing stigma, that one hoped never existed. If you haven't traveled out of Nigeria, you may not realize the gravity of the issue, but there were times, when I did not feel very proud carrying the Nigerian passport. One is often subjected to target screening at most of the foreign airports, not necessarily because they feel suspicious of you as an individual, but mainly because you carry the Nigerian passport. They may not admit this reason.

The 419 Scam is the most notorious of them all, but we often neglect other types of Nigerian Scams (which may not necessarily be peculiar to Nigeria), a few of which includes drug trafficking, credit card thefts and Identity thefts. Even though, emphasis is placed on Nigerian 419 Scams, everyone needs to be aware that other types of scams do exist.


What is Nigerian 419 Scam
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This crime is appropriately named, because it violates the section 419 of the Nigerian criminal code. Even though it is called Nigerian 419 scam, many cases originate elsewhere. The scam often begins with a letter, a fax or a telephone call from an official in Nigeria or another African country. This is often unsolicited and the main content is usually  what appears as legitimate proposal for transfer of a huge sum of money from one account to the other. In some cases, the transaction may not be monetary, it could be Oil, or other merchandise. The video below shows a typical case where a California surgeon is swindled and lost his hard-earned money.

Click on some of the sample letters below. These are some of the letters I received recently( all within 1 week).

Sample Letter 1 
Sample Letter 2 
Sample Letter 3

Sample Letter 4
Sample Letter 5
Sample Letter 6
Sample Letter 7

As you can see, each letter is peculiar, but the motive is quite the same... to dupe the unsuspecting recipient.
If you noticed, sample letter 6 came from someone who is resident in South Africa, I am not even sure where sample letter 7 came from, all 419 scam letters do not originate from Nigeria. It is quite a shame, that people actually fall for such deceptions. In some cases, those who fall prey to such deceits are themselves very greedy.
What is common to these cases? The 419 communications usually exhibit the following characteristics : there is often a sense of urgency communicated to the recipient, the transaction is portrayed as confidential, the sender usually claims connection with a prominent official in high ranking position and in some cases, they've inherited a huge sum of money and they need your bank account to transfer the cash. Some of them even have the audacity to request for transaction fees.

What You Should Do To Protect Yourself
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  • Do not pay money upfront for any transaction
  • Do not give your personal  information to anyone until that person has been verified.
  • If an offer sounds too good to be true, be careful, It may very well be "too good to be real".
  • If you suspect fraud, report the case.

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