I would never in a million years have thought that someone would fall for one of these schemes, but then I realized that these awful, conniving people wouldn't be wasting their time trying them on the ENTIRE American public if there weren't some people sending them back their information and money.
Just in case, I thought I would mention it in my blog.
If ANYONE ever sends you an email saying they are from some foreign country and work for some division of money for that foreign government and are trying to find you to give you a bunch of money, you do realize that this is a con. Right? I receive so many of these that I just automatically delete them and can't believe someone would waste their time with this kind of thing. BUT... there may be a few of them that actually have somewhat decent grammar and spelling(I haven't found one yet in my inbox) that may get the email address for someone who is gullible, or down-on-their luck financially who is just looking for an easy million, and they may actually convince someone to take part in this scheme.
So, I am doing my part in letting the people that I love know... don't do it. Really. If there were millions of dollars to be GIVEN away to unsuspecting Americans, don't you think our government would have figured a way to get to that money first? ;)
Tell your mom and dad, tell your grandparents, tell your friends. Just to be safe. I would like to think that everyone I know would know just how bogus these deals are, but ya never know!
And just to see an example of one of the letters, here is an email I have received. I have also received snail mail that looked like someone had taken a lot of time and care to make it look very official. Be aware.
(PS- my favorite part in this letter below is about us "dealing with all those fraudsters that have been frustrating")
OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT
RESOLUTIONPANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT)
Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
FEDERAL HOUSE OF SENATE
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT SENATE
We, the entire members of the Federal House of Senate, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigerian Government, Under the auspices of the civilian Head of State, President Umaru Yar'aDua and the Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria , Prof Charles Soludo held a meeting last week concerning unpaid payment,allocation/compensation list of contractors,inheritance,next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that originated from Europe, Asia Plus Middle east and Americans,On going through files yesterday, we discovered that your file was dumped untreated, so at this juncture, we apologize for the delay of your payment and to also ask that you put a stop to all communication with any office now and pay attention to the appointed office below for you to receive your payment accordingly.
Now your new Payment Reference No.-321009871, Allocation No: 6890132 ,Password No :AB911001, Pin Code No:01977 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No :103, Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No:ws0014433 ; Secret Code No: XXFGN013 ,Having received these vital payment information,therefore You are qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria immediately within 24hrs.
Now you are directed to contact the Office of the Paymaster General Federal Republic of Nigeria (Barr Greg Thompson) (CONTACT PHONE NUMBER 0092347039574527)to state to you what it will take to process your payment and also you are required to reconfirm the following Details, this is to avoid mistake while transferring your overdue payment to you.
1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.PHONES AND FAX NUMBER,
4.YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION.
5.SCANNED COPY OF I.D
Contact Person:Barr.Greg Thompson
Contact him to know what it will take for your funds to be processed for immediate transfer and forward your Details to his office to avoid transfer mistake.
NOTE : We have mounted our security network to monitor every in-coming call,if we find out that you are still dealing with all those fraudsters that have been frustrating , I shall stop and cancel your payment immediately.
Secretary of the federation
(Federal Republic of Nigeria)