Nigerian E-mail Fraud & Scams

A large amount of e-mail fraud scams originate in Nigeria.

Among internet fraud and e-mail scams, Nigeria usually ranks as the number one perpetrator in the world. Large quantities of illegitimate e-mails come from this nation, one which hosts some epicenters of terrorism and is a hotbed of illegal activities. The FBI warns against these scams and specifically mentions Nigeria for the aforementioned reasons; e-mails received from this country should be trashed on discovery.

The great irony of this particular message (below) is that it discusses financial compensation for contact with e-mail fraudsters from Nigeria. This shows that some fraud e-mails do display some evidence of intelligent crafting, but the e-mail lapses back into the mediocre realm by mentioning a compensation in the amount of over a million dollars for contact with a fraud individual.

As always, you should seek to delete fraud e-mails as soon as possible. Never click on the links provided in the e-mails, as they may be phishing links design to steal your personal information or viruses that will take over and destroy your computer. Fraudsters have no power if their potential victims choose not to fall for their schemes.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: HAJIYEV Zeynal ( TDY ) <>

Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Subject: contact me via email:


Attn:Beneficiary, i am MR OGBONNA O ONOVO the inspector general of police,i received a report from the FBI here in Nigeria concerning your contact with a fraudster on the Internet,i am very sorry for any inconveniencing that this might have cost you by our citizens,i want to use these medium to assure you that a sum of {$1,2 million usd} fund will be released to you by the Nigeria government,contact me via email:

================= The information contained in this electronic message and any attachments are intended for specific individuals or entities, and may be confidential, proprietary or privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately, delete this message and do not disclose, distribute or copy it to any third party or otherwise use this message. The content of this message does not necessarily reflect the official position of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) unless specifically stated. Electronic messages are not secure or error free and may contain viruses or may be delayed, and the sender is not liable for any of these occurrences.

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Rana Sinha
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Posted on Aug 11, 2010