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New Nigerian email scam: "Emergency appeal!!!"

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Yona F. Maro, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. Yona F. Maro

    Yona F. Maro R I P

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    Hello Colleagues,

    Please be aware that the Nigerian spammers have developed a new approach, which is hurting may people these days. The only way to defeat this approach is simply for all of us to be informed about their tricks.

    It begins with someone sending you an e-mail that claims to have been sent by your email service administrator, to inform you that they are migrating all client e-mails to another server. The email then requests you to send your user-name and password for that purpose.

    Once you have sent the information, the impostor quickly changes your password, so can no longer access your account, and then sends out emails such as the one hereunder to everyone in your addressbook. As you can see from the message below, there may be subsequent financial implications for you if any kind-hearted friend actually carries out the request to assist you. And in the meantime, you lose your archive, addressbook, and incoming correspondence.

    So be careful and NEVER send your user-name/password to anyone by email. If you must share your details, then use either encryption or SMS. And bear in mind that email system administrators do not require your password in order to carry out their functions. Finally, if you should ever receive an email like the one below, please remember not to panic and rush off to send those dollars.

    Apologies to anyone who may receive multiple copies of this posting.



    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _

    ------------ --------- ------- Original Message ------------ --------- -------

    Subject: Emergency appeal!!! Please i need your help...

    From: <Someone you know @ whatever>

    Date: Wed, July 30, 2008 1:08 pm

    To: <Your email address>

    ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------


    I am sorry i didn't inform you about my traveling to Africa for a program

    called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of

    ducation, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa

    which is Ghana , South Africa and Nigeria . It as been a very sad and bad

    moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very

    intoxicated for me to explain.

    I am stranded in Nigeria because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where

    my money, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my

    way to the Hotel am staying, I am in a very bad situation here because i

    have no money with me. I am now owing the Hotel where am staying the sum

    of $900 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon or else they will hand me

    over to the Police, i need your help very urgent to enable me return back

    home successfully without any harm, I am in a terrible and tight

    situation here i don't even have money to feed myself for a day i have

    been starving all this while so please understand how urgent i needed your

    help,i want you to help me with the sum of $2,500 USD to sort out my

    problems here and leave with the next available flight back home but if

    you are not too buoyant enough to send me all the $2,500 USD i will also

    appreciate what so ever amount you can afford to send me for now and i

    promise to reimburse the money back to you once i get back home without hitch delay.

    Kindly look for a Western Union Money Transfer Local stores around you and

    send me the money to my receiving information below.Through Western union

    i can receive the money faster and safe without any problem here.

    Receivers Name: <Sender's full name>

    Address: Limit Motel And Suites, Victoria island ,

    City: Lagos

    Zip Code: 23401

    Country: Nigeria

    After you have sent the money email me the western union transfer details

    such as:


    Test Question: To whom?

    Answer: <Sender's First Name>

    Amount Needed: $2,500 USD

    Thanks for your kind help,waiting to hear back from you with the transfer



    <Sender's normal sign-off>
  2. Kaa la Moto

    Kaa la Moto JF-Expert Member

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    My friend was a victim of this hooliganism. Fortunately those Nigerians did not get any thing as people contacted had to confirm first before sending their dollars through telephone. And here is where the Nigerians failed.
  3. LazyDog

    LazyDog JF-Expert Member

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    Yes, NEVER send your password to anyone, not even to email system administrator