Consumers Now Target of Nigerian Letter Scams

       How will you be able to tell if the letter you receive is part of the Nigeria letter scam? The letters are usually marked "urgent" or "confidential" from Nigeria via mail or fax. The sender claims to be an official of a company or government ministry, or has an official-sounding name such as doctor, chief, lawyer or prince. Some letters are even written on government stationery.

    Although each letter may contain a slightly different appeal, the "official" asks for assistance in transferring millions of dollars of excess money out of Nigeria. The person proposes depositing the money in a trustworthy indian bank account, in exchange for which the account holder will receive a percentage of the transferred funds.

    To participate you must provide the bank account number and the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your bank. Using the provided information, the con artist can rob the victim’s bank account. Or they may try to get money directly by requesting exorbitant payments to cover transfer fees, travel expenses, taxes or necessary bribes before the transaction can occur. Sometimes the con artist attempts to lure the target to travel to Nigeria! In any case, the con artist disappears with the victim’s money and the victim never receives any of the promised funds.

If you receive a letter or email from a Nigerian scammer, don’t respond!