11/24/2009

Repeat Post of Nigerian 419 Scam

Since this is a holiday week, and I am quite busy, I thought I would post another one of my personal favorite posts of this blog. This one is especially needed because of people being scammed during this holiday season.

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Nigerian 419 Scam

I'm sure most, if not all, of you reading this blog have at one time or another gotten an email stating that someone with a distinguished title was going to deposit millions of dollars into your account for safe keeping. And, oh by the way, we'll give you 20% for your trouble. All you have to do is forward them a little money to help with expenses. Roughly, that is what it is about. People have sent as little $50 and up to $5000 with the idea they will get their hands onto about five millions dollars or maybe as much as $20 million. Who knows? It depends on the mood of the scammer.

A lady at church was all excited yesterday as I was coming in to get the collection plates ready for Sunday services. I heard her say "...and I didn't even know I had relatives that were royalty in the UK." That piqued my interest because I remember a lot of scammers use the UK as a place of residence. Actually, they have PO boxes there to collect their ill-gotten gains. They receive their money from the victims by Western Union. Overseas scammers cannot be tracked once the money has arrived via Western Union. Once the victim wires that money, it's all over. I explained that to this lady. She said I had to be wrong. I told her quite forcefully, I was not wrong. If she sends that $500.00 to the scammer, she might as well kiss it goodbye. In fact, why not use it as tithe instead of giving it to a 419 scammer? She didn't listen to me. Two other people tried to convince her she was making a big, big mistake. I don't think any of us made any impression upon her. She was convinced this guy was on the up and up because she talked to him on the phone. That is another mistake; never, never give any personal information to these scammers. They will not let up even after you discover it's a scam.

I don't know if the lady at church sent the money to the 419 scam artist or not this morning. She had planned on it. Hopefully, her son talked some sense into her last night. That was our last hope as we contacted him in Atlanta to convince his mother she didn't have a "Duke Edward Wolford in the UK" who was releasing funds to his distant relatives because he had an incurable disease (another thing...scammers are always dying also). I just know I did everything I could do to convince the lady she was making a terrible mistake. I will report an update on my "Tuesday's Rambling Thoughts."




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