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Woman Loses $400,000 to Nigerian Scam

Geek Tip: Don't Send Money to Nigeria

Do you really have to read gadget blogs every day like I do to recognize that sending money to someone in Nigeria via sites like Craigslist is a terrible idea?

Because you could knock me over with a feather every time I hear another story about someone falling for a Nigerian scam, and this new one, about a women who lost $400,000 to a Nigerian racket, is a real doozie. I mean, she was promised over $20 million dollars if she just helped this stranger in Africa . . . what could go wrong?

Seriously people, you don't have to be up on the latest technology in computers, cell phones, or televisions, but listen to me here: Never send money to a stranger in another country. Never send money to a stranger who contacts you via email, period. If someone is responding to a Craigslist ad you've posted, only deal locally and in person.

You're probably savvy enough as you're reading this blog, so do your less-aware family members a favor and forward this along.

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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
people who refuse to listen to those smarter than them because they are greedy and dumb are hard to show compassion toward. but everyone needs compassion and here is mine for her. so, i'm sorry you fell for this obvious scam. don't let it happen again!
schoolgirl867869 schoolgirl867869 7 years
My drama teacher's email got hacked and someone sent out emails saying that she was stuck in Nigeria and she needed money to get home. And she was so worried that people would actually send money. I don't think anyone actually did though.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 7 years
LMAO I was just watching a 30 Rock where they mention something like this. Haha.
kaenai kaenai 7 years
I would say I can't believe this is still an issue, but ... some people will believe anything.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
People are STILL falling for this?
eckeltricity eckeltricity 7 years
"I received some posts of someone living in US but trying to "buy" the laptop and iphone I was selling and pretending that I would send it to a friend of her who is studying in Africa, because she isn't able to buy it and send it directly. Yeah sure! nobody can believe in this kind of cheats!" This totally happened to me! Through ebay, had to re-list twice because this person kept insisting, it scared me! Also agree with krae85, why is it always from Nigeria?
krae85 krae85 7 years
why is it always nigeria?
Foofie Foofie 7 years
I have no sympathy for people who fall for these scams. If you do not know how to be web savvy, don't be on the internet. Some people take delusion to a whole new level, there is no such thing as free money - ever.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 7 years
My sister-in-law put her cat for sale at Petfinder.com and received a response from someone who offered two grand for it. All she had to do was give him her banking info and he'd send a direct deposit. Ha ha. You have to be stupid to fall for these scams. They are so obviously fake that it shocks me to hear that someone falls for it.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
This scam is SO OLD that there are whole websites designed to falsely lure the scammers into doing business just to keep them occupied with a "false positive" to protect others. My ex-husband did this as a hobby, basically keeping the scammer occupied, even going so far as to have virtual phone lines and posing as a professor to keep him interested. Honestly I can't believe anyone falls for it anymore...its as old as..well..its as old as Compuserve old. Its as old as modem old..and unfortunately someone always seems hungry for "something for nothing".
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 7 years
I experienced the puppy scam thing, too! I contacted a listing on Petfinder. Their response was a request for me to wire the money to some account and pick up the dog at JFK airport - it would be flown in from Africa. Yeah, right!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 7 years
I received some posts of someone living in US but trying to "buy" the laptop and iphone I was selling and pretending that I would send it to a friend of her who is studying in Africa, because she isn't able to buy it and send it directly. Yeah sure! nobody can believe in this kind of cheats!
I was trying to adopt a puppy earlier this year, i got a response from someone pretending to be living in Ohio. But conveniently, the puppy was in Cameroon, Africa. Right.
macgirl macgirl 7 years
I heard this lady on a radio interview. She still thinks that she may be able to get some money out of this! just unbelievable.
psterling psterling 7 years
You know, I always get shocked by this kind of thing too but my own mom almost fell for an internet scam once! Really makes you afraid for gullible people, you know?
kia kia 7 years
Earlier this fall NPRs This American Life did a story where a group of internet vigilantes seriously screwed around with one of these Nigerian scammers. The whole thing was indecent on both sides. But the vigilantes scammed the scammers and felt proud of their deeds. Anyhow.. yeah, scrutinize this stuff. Three years ago I got the fake e-mail from the IRS to handle my tax return. The whole thing seemed fishy with how easy it was and I circulated that e-mail to everyone I knew immediately to be cautious of this offer. It took a few months for that scam to get big and a little while for me and my husband to figure out what exactly what was going on. But we were glad we notified as many people as we could about the rip-off early on.
celestegc celestegc 7 years
I received some posts of someone living in US but trying to "buy" the laptop and iphone I was selling and pretending that I would send it to a friend of her who is studying in Africa, because she isn't able to buy it and send it directly. Yeah sure! nobody can believe in this kind of cheats!
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I think that she would be considered as "incapable" of making her own decisions. Seriously. In the UK we would have taken her bank account away from her... :p
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
I feel bad for her. Maybe because that's *PROBABLY* something I would have done if I had 20 less IQ points. I guess that's what happens when you put too much faith in people.
pioneers pioneers 7 years
I love when people scam the scammers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IQqd17p9_0
Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
I love that she has the nads to say "I'm not a sucker" when everyone and their mother told her it was a scam and she kept sending money. How long did it take her to decide to believe them? I just don't understand how someone can be so stupid. They know my name, so I should send them money! Lots of people know my name and look, I'm not sending money to any of them!
Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
I love that she has the nads to say "I'm not a sucker" when everyone and their mother told her it was a scam and she kept sending money. How long did it take her to decide to believe them?I just don't understand how someone can be so stupid. They know my name, so I should send them money!Lots of people know my name and look, I'm not sending money to any of them!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Wow. This makes my brain hurt. Why do some people lack common sense?
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