Is it a Scam

@jmp_72 (246)
Seychelles
November 13, 2008 8:22am CST
I have today received a message in my email from a stranger. He is asking for my bank details for him to transfer a huge sum of money which he has found out while auditing a bank. He said the account holder of the money is dead since 2003 and nobody has claimed his money. He said that he needs a foreigners bank account living abroad for him to transfer that money to and i will get to keep 30% of the amount and transfer the rest to him. Has anybody else came across such message? Is it a scam?
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58 responses
• India
15 Nov 08
Yes, this is a scam. These are known as Nigerian e mail fraud. If you search the internet then you will be able to get a lot of details about these kinds of frauds. You can report the persons email id to organisations which are fighting cyber crime to enable them to block the email
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@jeanchia (138)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 08
u've only received this once? I am surprised! I've been receiving these emails since few years back. It is all scam. Don't be so naive to think that they will actually give u a huge sum of money. Tho' sometimes, i wish they are real. :)
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• Netherlands
13 Nov 08
DELETE those messages. These are all spam messages of companies trying to get information from you.
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• Brazil
13 Nov 08
no!!!
@freda529 (136)
• China
14 Nov 08
why no? he should delete the messages.it absolutely a trap.
@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
15 Nov 08
Hello jmp_72, Yes! this is definitely a scam. It sounds very similar to the scams you hear about all the time coming from Nigeria and some "Boiler-Room" operations being run out of Spain. The Nigerian scam usually involves somebody contacting you who claims that he is seeking political asylum abroad and that he is being persecuted in his home country of Nigeria. He is usually trying to take his savings out of the country and he needs a bank account to park his money in. As you spotted already - this guy just wants your bank details. By the way! Nigeria is officially one of the most corrupt countries on the planet, so that should be a warning to innocent victims. All the best. Umart
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@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
15 Nov 08
Beware of these scams. This is nothing but a pure scam.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
15 Nov 08
Its a scam. Theyre looking to get your banking information or even if they send u the money and you have to send it on...it sounds more like a money laundrying scheme. If its it was legitimate youd have some phone contact or even regular mail. Not very often you get an email like that thats legit.
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@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Nov 08
It is definitely a scam. It has been featured in Oprah Winfrey show about this scam on the internet. There is actually a female lady that been scammed with this the same method. Don't trust people especially if they are asking important information like bank account numbers.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
YES!! i get to many to keep track. Do not respond. just delete it. They just trying to get your info to steal you identity and whats worse is sometimes they use the names of charities to try and weasle info out you. The best bet is if you've never heard of them delete it don't even read it.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
Yeah run for your life with those kinds of emails...I get mega tons of them daily no matter what email addy I use, there are always some kind of ding dong so and so's out there trying to con you;run, hit the delete button as fast as you can (G)!
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@loxion (1551)
• India
13 Nov 08
I get those kind of gibberish everyday, i mean in my case is like as if someone is looking for help and want to flee their country because people are after the money he has. this people are clever, i mean they can make you believe that they are really in need for help so as to tell them your banking details But if you are clever enough you should suspect where did they get your email address? At first when i didn't know i nearly became a victim of scam, i mean i was so close to giving those people my details, i gave them my name, address but to my surprise they were more interestd in my banking details, because she said he wanted to flee her coutry as soon as she get my details and transfer the money in my account. I sit back for a moment and thougt about about, and a thought came to my mind that this is scam. But one thing i know they will always send you those kind of e-mails, and they will always comeup with different tricks and they most act as if they are women seeking help Never listen to that gibberish e-mail
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@pierone (1895)
• Italy
13 Nov 08
nahhhhhh, why do you guess is a scam? Is so common, nowadays, that a prefect stranger write an email to an another perfect stranger, asking to help him to steal several millions dollars. And is also so common that this kind of strangers will trust someone never saw, and the whom email they got somewhere in the cyberspace. So why do you guess is a scam? Answer him trustfully, and when he will ask you to send him several thousands dollars, just to cover the expenses, don't be worry. you will earn how much? 20% 30% ? what are several thousands dollars in front of 20% of 2 millions dollars? in my country we says "the folish's mother is always pregnant".... take your conclusions yourself
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
13 Nov 08
Experience is the best. So send a reply with fake bank details. I do received a email in the same kind. And as they asked my bank details, I gave fully wrong details, and they said they accessed my bank account successfully. How come it will be possible to access a account in the bank that doesn't exist. All the scams. Who will give that money for free. So don't believe them. They may ask you for depositing money in their account to enable transfer or for paying attorney. So never pay that money as they are scams. They won't get back to you after you sent that money. Thank you.
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 08
Think about it for a moment, whp in the right piece of mind would give a large sum of money to a total stranger? Actually it is an old scam. I received one similar email. There are other variants including the ones using a plane crash to make the story sounds authentic. Avoid opening similar emails because they have ways to know about it. Do not reply, even with the intention of finding more about the 'scheme'. Do so and do not be surprised if you get more similar emails. Tread carefully in the minefield.
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@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Yes, I got that same e-mail. Let's put it this way. I wouldn't take the chance. Rather than deposit money in your bank account, he will probably drain it. I got an e-mail from Chevron, saying me and four other luckey people have been won a payout of one million dollars. He didn't even ask for my bank account or social security number. Just my full name, address, age and telephone no. I won't send them anything because just from that information they can find out enough about you to ruin your life. And with me not working right now, I cold use a million right now. I'm not falling for it and don't fall for this, as tempting as it is.
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@jazz555 (236)
• India
13 Nov 08
Yes it is a scam. Please dont open this kind of mail from anyone , even your friends. Because they use backdoor virus to get your information. So dont reply,just delete it and mark the message as spam.
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@rspfdo (10)
• Sri Lanka
13 Nov 08
I have recived lot of message about exactly same type that you mentioned in your discussion.(only YAHOO MAIL account ).
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• China
13 Nov 08
absolutely yes, don't trust anybody who ask your account details, and don't open any email from stranger, i think it is not safe. i ususally got that email too, but i don't open it, i think some of them are virus that can attack your computer, maybe stole something from your computer, so forget it, let him alone!
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Of course, it's a scam. If I collected from all of such letters that I have received I would be so rich I wouldn't be here now but out on some kind of cruise somewhere seeing the entire world. I get these letters most days and know that they have to be scams since I know noone where they are coming from and someone isn't going to draw a name from a hat to give the money to that they are saying they have for me.
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
28 Nov 08
That is a big scam. I get messages in my email like that all the time. I delete them as soon as I get them. I would not respond to those emails and more than that, I would not even open them.
@Verity (851)
21 Nov 08
Don't believe with it. This is another form of scam that is flooding in the net.