A consumer just forwarded BBB an email that offers a twist on the infamous “Nigerian Prince” or 419 scam. The best-known version involves a prince or general who needs to smuggle money out of Africa.
In this version, FBI agent David Jackson has discovered crooks in Nigeria have $10.5 million that somehow is rightfully yours. Of course, if you fall for it, it will follow the basic pattern: you make your bank account available to deposit a large sum. Then crooks see how much money they can steal from you before you close your account and give up.
The email is as follows:
Our Ref: RTB /SNT/STB To. Beneficiary. ATTENTION I am Special Agent David Jackson and am here in Nigeria as an FBI delegate that has been delegated to investigate these fraudsters who are in the business of swindling Foreigners that came for transaction in Nigeria . Please be informed that during my investigation, I got to find out that there is a huge sum of $10.5million that has been assigned in your name(as a Beneficiary.) and these fraudsters are busy swindling you without any hope of receiving your fund. NOTE: You are not suppose to pay that hug amount from the beginning before the release of your fund can commence .These are the works of the fraud stars who needed to extort money from you in the name of this transfer. We have to inform you that we have made some arrested in respect of this delayed over due fund. I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I advise you urgently respond to this message . I shall expect your response as soon as you receive this email. Please Remember that this operation or the exercise need to be concealed so that These criminals will be caught unaware and we don’t want them to know this new Development to avoid jeopardizing our investigation. Best Regard, DAVID JACKSON FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IN NIGERIA INVESTIGATION ON ALL ONLINE WIRE TRANSFER
Helpful hint: One thing I’ve found with most Africa-based scams is if you copy one or two lines from the message and paste it into a search engine, you’ll find lots of other people talking about the same scam. They even have the same typos and punctuation errors. This was no exception. I found lots of discussion on forums from others who got the email.
Don’t get taken by a scam like this. Multi-million dollar chunks of money aren’t likely to fall into your lap this way. Unfortunately, most fortunes are still earned through hard work. (Or the old-fashioned way–being born rich!)