People who have fallen for the Nigerian Scam have the following to say about themselves and about the scam itself:-
- A school teacher made an attempt to get out of living in poverty seen an email where she can get rich by sending out money. She said at the time she thought that someone has finally answered her prayers, and she would be rich and able to care for her ailing mother. What little savings she had she invested it and sent it to 'Barrister Richard' but she was to soon find out that she was a victim of a Nigerian Scam.
- A 23 year old widowed mother of a 3 year old living on farm was just getting her life back in order and on the perusal of her friends started chatting to a handsome 30 year old from South Africa. He claimed he was an ex-model and had always dreamed of working on farm and wanted to come to Australia to work on a farm. The young widow thought that this was match made in haven and persuaded the man to travel to Australia. Then she received a string of love letters from the scammer and then a request for travel fare to travel to Australia. The Young widow did not think twice but immediately wired the money through Western Union. There was no news from the man and could not be traced. She later found out on a blog site that the man was indeed a woman and had tricked several women this way.
- A property developer had the following to say about falling when he was scammed. I got this cheque that was an advance payment for the rent as well as the refurbishment of the apartment I was renting. I never suspected a thing when this Organisation contacted me and offered to rent my apartment for 2 years to house the organisations consultant who was arriving from South Africa. The Organisation posed as a Organisation from South Africa. I received the cheque and sent 50% of it to the refurbishment company, again recommended by the Organisation, whom they claimed to have a contract with. The refurbishment company was also a scammer, which I did not know at the time, so I sent 50% of the cheque from my own money to the contractor and deposited the cheque which was the rent due for 1 year. 2 weeks later I get a call from the bank saying the cheque I deposited was a fake. I lost a lot of money in the process.
- An Online Store owner was a victim to a scam, where the interested party had won the bid and opted to pay a larger sum. The owner says the excuse he (customer) gave me was that he had already written the check and sent it for the buying price of the item and could I please refund the extra money. Thinking this is a genuine person I really felt sorry and refunded the amount straight away and shipped the item to Zimbabwe, it was a Christmas gift for the customer's dying father. I really felt like I had done a good deed and made a sick man happy, during the time of giving and good cheer. I later found out the cheque was a fake and it was too late to stop the item from being shipped. I can't believe there are such dishonest people in my 10 years of operating an online store, this is the first time I has fallen for a Nigerian Scam !
- Another man was a target of an inheritance scam, this man who was oblivious to scams, responded to an email that said he is the long lost relative of Mr. Rhett. Co-incidentally my last name is also Rhett, claims the victim. I got this email saying that a long lost relative had left me with so many millions and that there was some documentation required and of course a fee involved. I paid the legal fee which was a hefty amount but never heard from the party. I later reported to the police and was told that I had fallen for a scam called the 'Nigerian Scam'.
One needs to be better informed about the scams that are being carried out today. If you don't you may find yourself in one and in too much of a mess to even get out alive !
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