Have You Been A Victim Of An E-Mail Scam? We Need You….

Everyone with an e-mail address must have at some point checked their messages and found one saying you’ve won millions on the lottery, or offering to share thousands if you let them transfer money to your account? Aren’t theses messages too good to be true, it would be great if I said I had found out that replying to them will make you rich, but alas that won’t be the case!!

These attempts at fraud have many different names, advance-fee fraud, 419 scam, Russian/Ukrainian scam, confidence trick, black money scam and countless more.

So who’s trying to get your money? Well most of the e-mails come out of Nigeria but also Eastern Europe, Russia and more recently by Nigerian gangs in the UK, USA and Australia.

The name 419 scam, comes from the Nigerian article of criminal code for “obtaining property by false pretences; cheating” and this type of crime generates millions of dollars for Nigeria, one of its biggest exports!

If you’ve ever fallen victim to these scams we want to hear from you. It might be too late for you but we are aiming to prevent others from falling victim to these often costly scams, give advice on how people can avoid them and what you can do to protect your self.

Let us know your scam stories and we will see if we can help?

4 Responses to “Have You Been A Victim Of An E-Mail Scam? We Need You….”

  1. It seem to me that “victims” of scams fall in to 5 categories.
    1. Uneducated
    2. Undereducated
    3. Uninformed {uneducated}
    4. Greedy
    5. Old and should have adult supervision in conducting financial affairs

    • securityscene Says:

      I think that might be simplifying how these cons work, they are sent out in their millions and people’s circumstances at that point will dictate their reply.

      After studying these scams for a long time, I’ve found lots of very convincing requests, as well as the more common un-convincing messages (fall for those and you do need your head testing).

      We are looking to help and educate people, not ridicule or upset those who’ve fallen pray to these scams.

    • To add to your list:

      6. A 419 expert who plays the scam artist at their own game (no money exchanges) in the unlikely event he or she was dealing with a “real” person.

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