The first time I received an email asking for my help in “facilitating” the release of some huge amount out of a trust account held for someone already dead… I was so excited. I had no idea it was a scam and so I gave my number, full name, and address. Good thing I had no bank account at that time. I was emailing back and forth with the scammer and he did not stop bothering until I changed my number. These evil-inspired people infiltrates every social media there is and scours email addresses online even as you’re reading this post. They send sorry sounding emails to hundreds of people at the same time and if you reply… oh man, they’ll keep bothering you until you give in to their “requests” with some promise of “rewards.”
There are variations of scam emails. First there is the “You’ve won” in a lottery of some sort which you never entered in. Then, there’s this “I’m dying” types of emails and the sender purports to want to share his/her wealth because the impending death will render the wealth useless. Thirdly, the “Please pose as a relative of the wealthy deceased” types of emails. The scams are so elaborate that they’d even send you to legit websites and news items to support their story.
At first, they promise not to solicit cash from you and that you’ll certainly get a percentage of the gross amount just for the “small help” you extend. They’d even send you documents with your name on it to prove your entitlement to whatever amount there is. Finally, when they feel you’re ripe for the hauling, they’d ask you for “processing fees” so that the amount will be released by the ministry-of-whoever-or-whatever has the money. When you tell them you don’t have the certain amount, they’d bargain for at least half of the original processing fees asked from you. Of course, even if you give only 1$, you’ll never ever get anything from them.
Just remember these simply rules to avoid getting scammed:
1. Never reply.
2. Never give your personal information.
3. And if it sounds too good to be true… it is most likely a scam!
Here’s a sample email I got just the other day:
Sent Date: 2011-08-29 15:14:43
From Princess Sameera,
I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me, God almighty will bless and reward you abundantly and you would never regret.
I am Princess Sameera Michel Assemien Kassi 22yrs old. A student from Republic of Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan. I’ do like any person who can be caring, loving and home oriented. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction. Well, my father died earlier some months ago and left me the only daughter behind. He was a royal highness my community town citizen titled him over 16 years before his death, and also economic operator, director (manager) company (society) late Chief Michel Assemien Kassi.
I was a princess to him and I am the only person who can take care of his wealth and my mother is not literate enough to know my entire father’s wealth. He left the sum of USD 5,650, 000.00 dollars (Five Million, six Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) in a financial Bank here. This money was annually paid into my late father’s account from Shell petroleum development company and chevron oil company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction.
I am ready to offer 15% of the total amount to you if you help me.
I will send you my picture and also give you more details about this transaction as soon as I hear from you.
Note you should reply me through my private mailbox below: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Awaiting your urgent reply.
Please reply to my private e-mail box below: (email@example.com)
Princess Sameera Michel Assemien Kassi.
So my friends, I hope this post will help you avoid getting scammed. Take care! 🙂