Nigerian email fraudsters who are also called yahoo-yahoo and its other arms are a big source of unsolicited mails on the internet, with many internet users receiving fraudulent emails daily. This has resulted to a certain percentage of internet users falling victim of these scammers and losing huge amounts of money that always prove extremely difficult to get back.
In spite of the efforts of the Nigerian law enforcement agencies to bring this ugly behaviour to an end, the Nigerian internet fraudsters continue to empty unsuspecting peoples’ bank accounts. If you are the type that sends money to people you have not known on a face-to-face level, or you hand information about your bank or finance to anyone indiscriminately, you are likely to be a victim of fraud in the near future.
In this article, you will find out 10 important facts that will save you from falling victim of these online scam syndicate.
The Facts About Nigerian Internet/email Scam
1. Email Title
The email subject has an attention-arresting theme which always promises stress-free money to the tune of millions of dollars in inheritance, or unclaimed huge amount of money to convince the reader read the whole email, beguiling him with the promise of a good percentage for helping the person secure the money.
2. Email Content
The email is always sent in an official way, if it is compiled by someone with legal experience. This will make it very easy for the email receiver to believe the originality and realness of the business proposal from the person seeking assistance.
3. Email sender’s Address
The sender’s email address is always a free email from the world biggest email service providers such as outlook, Hotmail, yahoo mail etc. because these email companies want to have more users of their platforms, they do not worry about how their service is being used.
4. Receiver’s Reply
The email to which the reply is to be sent is always different from the email with which the sender used to send the original mail. This is because the sender always fears that the receiver may suspect his activities and complain to the service provider, which may result in a ban.
5. Amounts of sent mails
Because the Nigerian scamming syndicate understand that only a few receivers will be convinced by the content of the mail, they send to as many people as they can.
6. Emails conversion percentage
Majority of these emails ended up in the spam box or being deleted by receivers who are already privy to such internet scammers’ tactics. Only those who are new on the internet may not be able to spot the danger.
7. Gathering email addresses
Sometimes you will wonder how they managed to get your email address. Well, they use internet bots to gather emails displayed online.
8. Sending Nigerian scam email
Nigerian internet scammers often send mails to their victims through email service providers like Hotmail, Yahoo mail and others, making it difficult for legal actions to be taken against them in case of loses.
9. Differences of emails
The emails are sent in different forms but they all tell the same story of huge fortune domiciled somewhere.
10. Oversea visits
Victims are always enticed to visit a foreign country to get the money.