Are you getting Nigerian Scam Emails?

Australia
June 7, 2008 7:51pm CST
Hi, Just about every day, I receive emails from scammers, pretending to have inherited money they want to give away or some other crazy story and they want to give me millions of dollars. There always ask me to respond with them my details. If you get any of these emails whatever you do, do not respond to them. I get different stories every day. Plus, if they are from Africa, and it was true I am sure there is many Africans could do with the money more then me. I am getting so sick of scammers, why don't they find out a way of making money honestly, and not trying to steal other peoples money. Are you getting these emails?
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23 responses
@venshida (4837)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I get those all the time. I signed up at CareerBuilder and my email was spammed. I got the regular Nigerians scam first, and then the European ones. I usually just ignore them or if I feel in the mood send them a nasty response.
@stjmen (86)
• Australia
8 Jun 08
I have been advised against responding to the emails. By responding they then know that the email address they have sent the spam to is a real and active address. I wish were true though, cause with all the lotteries I've won around the world over the last 2 weeks alone I can guarantee that I would be the richest person on the planet!! :)
@teeaye98 (287)
• United States
8 Jun 08
My husband is getting a ton of these emails. They want to send him a check and he is supposed to send them a certain percentage and he keep the remaining amount. What a scam. A few years back my husband responded to one of these and the FBI contacted him telling him not to cash these check what so ever. It turned out that he never got the check, but what ever you do, don't respond to them. It is a scam and what ever it is, it's illegal. I assume they are trying to get Americans to cash fake checks. You could get into some big trouble if you do! Be careful!
• Australia
8 Jun 08
Hi, Thanks for responding, as I really want to make people aware, as they can sound so convincing. But they are all scams.
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Yes, I get them all the time. It use to be by fax machine now it's email. I wonder how much money the spammer makes doing this?
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
good day.. It's very annoying even you marked it as spam you'll still be getting it in one form or another. they're just so persistent into thinking that there are stupid people out there who would fall victim with their stupid scam. A million or so dollar from a multimillionaire without any one to inherit it and his help you can be the beneficiary of it. Wow, how one can get so naive.
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I just got one of those emails recently. I don't get them very often though, fortuately. I think I've only actually gotten a couple of them, although my spam filter does a pretty good job, so I may have gotten others that I just never saw. I always think those emails are so fake and easy to spot the scam, but I guess there still must be people out there who fall for them occasionally. It's really sad the way some people go out of their way to try to pull scams on others! I always just delete them as soon as I realize what they are.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
oh i get them all the time at work and i have even emailed them back to tell them that money laundering (or whatever they want to call it) is ILLEGAL here in North America! but i get too many to respond to!
• United States
8 Jun 08
I get those kind of emails all the time i just laugh at them. I also reply to them to donate it to a charity for children and i never hear back from them.
• United States
8 Jun 08
They're not necessarily from Nigeria, but yes I get these things occasionally. As you indicate, the best thing to do is not to open at all. And if you do open, don't respond.
@jason1308 (1587)
• France
8 Jun 08
I seem to be lucky, because I use to get these all the time, but recently I don't get any at all. In fact I had thought that this scam had run its course, as I think most people have now heard of this scam by now, although if you are still getting them, they are obviously still at it, trying to lure some mug.
@rrdj71 (696)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I don't think there is anyone in the human race, left, that has not gotten one of these ANNOYING emails. But thank God for SPAM!! Although I wish there was somebody that could let these "Nigerians" know that there are NO idiots left on this planet and they should find something more constructive to do with their wasted time.
@ceej310 (121)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
my mom got one of these years ago and we lost more than $2,000. this was so painful because this was also after my father had his stroke and we were desperate for money. be aware of these things. its sad that there are people who fall for it, like my mother. spread the awareness!
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
8 Jun 08
Oh yes, all the time! I also get emails telling me I won some lottery or other and they usually talk of half a million (dollars, or pounds and more). They reckon that the people who send them usually send out millions and it is worthwhile for them when only one person does what they want!
• United States
8 Jun 08
oh yeah...i get those from time to time. its seems they always start out with something like "you might be surprised to get this letter" or other such nonsense. its really insulting to the inelegance actually. but as long as your seeing right through their fake front. I usually just report them as spam and then i don't have to deal with them after a while because they see that their plan doesn't work. Of course i know they are going to try again, but they will be caught sooner or later.
• Malaysia
8 Jun 08
I stll receive scam email from non africans who went to nigeria,had some problems, son kidnapped or met accident or ran out of cash and they started pestering me for money. If you just made new friends on the internet avoid the ones who mention they are going to Nigeria or any African county.
@ellie333 (21029)
8 Jun 08
Oh I receive many of these myself and just report as spam and then delete. They can be annoying but as I know what they are and won't be duped it is of no consequence. Ellie :D
@misty99 (736)
8 Jun 08
I wanted to keep this secret..but what the heck everybody makes mistakes at some point in their life. Someone close to me got an email from South Africa. Same story of inheriting millions and they want to share it. They kept asking about his bank account info. The first time i hear it i told him its too good to be true. I dont know what went through him but he entertained the email,even exchange calls. Despite the efforts of stopping him, worst he believed the scammer to a point where he was asked to give $100 twice with a promise that he will receive his share after the second payment.I wanted to name him st....but i think he needs to learn his lesson this way. Until now he's receiving such emails and would lol.
@curious888 (1213)
• Malaysia
8 Jun 08
When I worked in Madagascar, I received a lot of this type of emails. Sometimes more than 10 a day. Mostly from Nigeria. They were scams . I just deleted them.
@p_vadla (1687)
• India
8 Jun 08
Yeah, yeah! I can not go through a day without seeing them by a dozen in my mail box.It could be due to extreme poverty conditions, I think, people resort to do such things of making money out of scams. I just read in today's Sunday's edition that in an another African country Zimbabwe, one has to shell $3 million to buy a cola bottle. Can you believe this ? One has to spend $ 56 million to have a full meal.People over there have lot money but it has no value due to inflation.There are no absolutely no supplies of water, food...I think these kinda situations making some do scams as we are witnessing everyday.
@mizcash (686)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
Oh my goodness, I thought i WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT THESE THINgS WERE coming to.I am so sick of the nonsense of wanting to give away some of their millions for doing a kind deed, the only kind deed I'd like to do is put them in jail and throw away the key. this would rid the world of vagabonds and scammers.
@missbdoll (1168)
• Australia
8 Jun 08
You'v ejust reminder me I haven"t had any for a week or two,Awhile ago I was getting them everyday.