WARNING: Nigerian Letter Fraud

Today I want to let you know about a common scam that not only affects senior citizens, but other age groups as well.

It’s called the Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud.

According to the FBI, in this scheme a letter is sent from Nigeria and offers the recipient the opportunity to share in a percentage of millions of dollars that the author, usually a self-proclaimed government official, is trying to transfer illegally out of Nigeria.

The recipient is encouraged to send information to the author such as a blank letterhead stationery, bank name and account numbers, and other information using a fax number provided.

They try to get you to send them money in several installments of increasing amounts, to pay for things like taxes, bribes to government officials and legal fees.

But in actuality, the millions of dollars do not exist. And the victim eventually ends up with nothing but a significant loss.

If you receive a letter like this, do not respond in any way. Instead, report it to your local FBI office. Always be skeptical of Nigerian or foreign governments trying to give you large sums of money. Use your common sense.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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