Start Nigerian dating scam with paypal

Nigerian dating scam with paypal

In that long-ago version, businessmen were contacted by someone trying to smuggle the scion of a wealthy family out of a prison in Spain.

Because the premise of “I’m going to get millions of dollars” is wholeheartedly swallowed early on, it’s not at a later point questioned when things begin to go wrong with the transaction and the dupes who have been targeted are asked to dig up some funds to help move things along. According to a 1997 newspaper article: , it was known as ‘The Spanish Prisoner’ con.

In a nutshell, the con works by blinding the victim with promises of an unimaginable fortune.

Once the sucker is sufficiently glittery-eyed over the prospect of becoming fabulously rich, he is squeezed for however much money he has.

Even as you read this, the world famous Nigerian Scam (also known as a “4-1-9” or “Advance Fee Fraud” scheme) is parting yet more of the ‘something for nothing’ crowd from their money.

Here’s how it works: Letters (or, nowadays, messages) postmarked from Nigeria (or Sierra Leone, or the Ivory Coast, or almost any other foreign nation) are sent to addresses taken from large mailing lists. Money from and all you’ll get in return are more excuses about why the funds are being held up and assurances that everything can be straightened out if you’ll just send a bit more cash to help the process along.

I HAVE THEREFORE, BEEN DELEGATED AS A MATTER OF TRUST BY MY COLLEAGUES OF THE PANEL TO LOOK FOR AN OVERSEAS PARTNER INTO WHOSE ACCOUNT WE WOULD TRANSFER THE SUM OF US$21,320,000.00(TWENTY ONE MILLION, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND U. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THIS BUSINESS WITH YOU AND SOLICIT YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY IN THIS TRANSATION.

PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THE RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER USING THE ABOVE TEL/FAX NUMBERS.

I AM SURE AND HAVE CONFIDENCE OF YOUR ABILITY AND RELIABILITY TO PROSECUTE A TRANSACTION OF THIS GREAT MAGNITUDE INVOLVING A PENDING TRANSACTION REQUIRING MAXIIMUM CONFIDENCE.