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Consumer Advocate: The Nigerian scam reappears

By Marjorie Stephens, South Bend Tribune - 17-11-03
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Well, they’re back … if they ever left. Nigerian scams have been around since the 1970s.

A businessman received an email known to the Better Business Bureau as the “Nigerian Scam.” It’s been around for years, but this is a reminder that individuals are still losing money.

In this particular scenario, “Mrs. Lisa Gammon” is the deaf widow of the late Sydney Gammon from Columbus Ohio, in the United States of America. Her story is that she could not produce a child during her marriage. She is currently receiving treatment in the hospital suffering from long-term breast cancer and from all indications, her doctor has told her she won’t live for more than six months.

However, she inherited her husband’s businesses and wealth totaling $18 million which is currently deposited in a bank in her name. Since she is about to die, she has decided the entire amount will be donated to a charity and for the development of charity foundations like schools, hospitals, etc. in Asia, America, Europe and Africa.

She went on to say that her lawyer made her understand that there are lot of scam letters going viral on the internet, but she assured the consumer this was not the case with her at all.

She pleaded that his assistance would “save many lives in the world, and let your heart be touched to hear my cry.”

She goes on to say the businessman will be compensated with 20 percent of the total sum which is $3.6 million while the remaining 80 percent ($14.4 million) is to be used by the businessman strictly on the charity foundation in the widow's name. If the consumer is interested, he is to get back to this dying individual immediately on her private email address (listed below in the email) for more details.

The letter was filled with very poor grammar and misspellings. It prompted the businessman to follow up with an email. That email would be followed with a request that he would have to send money for a variety of reasons (administrative fees, taxes, lawyers, etc.).

Unfortunately, businesses all over the world have been scammed by emails like this out of over $200 million. BBB urges people not to respond to this solicitation. You may think this is an easy way to make some big money, but like most "easy money" schemes, you end up losing money, not making it. Do not reply and delete the email immediately.

Marjorie Stephens is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving northern Indiana. Contact the BBB at 800-552-4631 or visit bbb.org.


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