Nigerian dating scams 419
They pose as potential matches for vulnerable singles who are willing to share their personal information and money for the sake of a relationship.
Advance-fee scammers have also started targeting businesses.
They'll hijack a company email address and email an employee with the authority to wire money.
Then call your bank or credit card company to find out how you can change or protect your accounts. All you can do is report the scam and be extra vigilant about building relationships with people you meet online.
Nigerian scammers take billions of dollars every year from unsuspecting victims.
They'll ask the employee to transfer the money to a U. bank account set up by a "money mule" living in the U. (Scammers know their targets would catch on to the ruse if they asked the employee to send money to a Nigerian account.) These mules might be foreign-born con artists living in the U. They might even be American victims who want to earn back the money they lost getting scammed.
Plus, Nigerians aren't the only criminals committing the many variations of the advance-fee scam.
Nearly 20 percent of scams come out of West Africa, but they're also picking up in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia. soldier, a Middle Eastern oil baron, a traveling businessman, or a foreign charity.