Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#328 by 4X1X9 Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:18 am
The information gathered here although written in my own words is from Charles Tive's 419 Scam: exploits of the Nigerian con man who goes into local scams in a lot more detail if you are interested in learning more.

The following 419 scams are actually perpetrated in Nigeria and some of them are not very well known on the Internet because as the title suggests they are carried out locally and not always duplicated on an international level. These are the types of scam to look out for if you ever visit Nigeria. The list is not inexhaustable, other local scams exist.

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Superstition/Hypnotism Scam

A victim is offered a potion or incantation that if used will make them wealthy; of course it doesn't.

Some scammers pretend to be soothsayers who are able to offer guidance to their victims, they then proceed to hypnotise/mentally manipulate the victim to hand over any money/valuables they have on them.

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Property Scam

Apparently in Lagos it is common to see on buildings the words "This house is not for sale." Scam artists try and sell people properties that do not belong to them. They sell the property to you, take the money and then leave you and the real owner to battle with the issue of who the house belongs to (it of course belongs to the real owner).

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Tenancy Scam

The scammer tells you that they have several properties available to rent, they don't of course, they demand a fee before they will show you the property. Once you have paid up you will keep getting told to come back tomorrow until you give up.

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Sale of Cheap Goods Scam

A scammer will approach a victim telling them that they have a consignment of goods that they can sell to them at a cheap rate but they need them to pay the custom duties to release the cargo. The scammer takes the money and disappears. Any samples he leaves will be junk.

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Mining Scam

The mineral content of Nigeria is not fully known and therefore scammers use this lack of knowledge to their advantage in certain ways . A scammer could approch a victim claiming that a certain area of land contains valuable stones but they need funding to mine them. The scammer could approach a victim with a load of worthless stones that they claim to be valuable and much sought after in European and North American markets. Or the scammer could try and sell a victim an area of land that they claim containes valuable stones.
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#335 by Emma Jones Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:00 pm
This is useful information, thanks 4X1X9. :D

Learn about scammers' fake sites at aa419. Report scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Centre at IC3.

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