Don’t fall for the scammer

In: Salam Business Club

27 Aug 2009

There is a type of dangerous people that make their round on the Internet. The messages they send look something like this:

My beloved,

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

There is this amount of FIFTEEN Million US Dollars which my Father deposited with a security company which he wanted to used for his political ambition in our Country before he was kidnapped and killed by unknown gun men. Hence my father and mother is dead, I do not have any other hope rather than this funds which is why I contacted you.

Here is another one:

My Dear

Greetings,I know this mail may come to you as a surprise,I am Barrister Mussa Issah the solicitor/counsel to the late Sanni Abacha who was then before his death, the President/Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Just yesterday his widow wife Mrs. Mariam Abacha called to intimate me of the condition of her family over the pursuance of fund by the Government over the husbands alleged loot.

In fact, She conferred in me that her son was working with a German National only for the German to take advantage of the situation, there by setting her son up in Germany where he went to claim his father deposit. You can verify this fact your self through the German Embassy over an alleged Abacha’s Son, Mr. Abba Abacha trying to pull out the sum of (US$40 M) Forty Million Dollars from the Bank.

At this point in time, She solicited my humble self to look for a reputable gentleman who will be of great assistance to the family and somebody who can take over the sum of $27M (Twenty Seven Million United States Dollars Only)which is presently deposited in a Security Company, for investment. I will later on the course of this transaction disclosed to you the Security Company accordingly.

If you will be interested to act upon on receipt of this mail, please do contact me on the enlisted contact adress and more so be kind to issue me with your current Telephone Number for prompt conversation.

Thanks for your sincere understanding while looking forward to your positive response/cooperation.

Regards,
Barrister Musa Issah

Basically the story is always the same: someone has lots of money and wants it to be transferred abroad. First they want you to send them a scan of your passport and your telephone number, then they will tell you stories about upfront fees that need to be paid by you. At the end of the day you will have lost lots of money. Some people have even travelled to those scammers’ home countries and lost their lives there when trying to get their money back.

Another type of scam that we have been noticing are persons, pretending to be females that are looking for a partner:

Asalaam Alaykum My Dearest One!

Greetings to you, I hope this mail will find you well & healthy and I hope we can established a relationship since we are meeting here for the first time, I have gone through a profile that speaks good of you on this site: I was impressed when i saw your profile and decide to communicate with you. It is my desire to know you, I like honesty, trust, love, caring,truth,& respect, I have all this qulities in me,kindly respond to me through my private mail box (fatima_kuta@yahoo.co.uk) so we can know ourself \’s better.RESPECT is the key for understanding and tolerance among human beings. I hope to read from you if your are also interested. Thanks and hoping to hear from you soonext.

Miss Fatima.

This is the same story as above, using a different approach and tactic.

Never, ever respond to such messages but get in touch with us by clicking “Report this user” on the user profile page or on the button “Report as spam” in the message window.

Since security plays a big role on the Salam Business Club we have implemented a scanner for such fraud messages at a very early stage. We’re able to identify and block 98% of such scams before they are sent out and we’re banning every account that tries to send out such messages. To date we haven’t had any cases of members being tricked by scammers.

If you’re interested to learn more about those scams have a look at the Wikipedia article on Advanced Fee Fraud and the 419 Eater website. If you’re looking for a laugh then listen to this radio spot for a spamblocking software that is making fun of scammers.

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