I can’t believe that after these many years, these scams from Nigeria are still going around. People may still be falling for them; it only takes one person to respond for these guys to make money.
Here are some tips on how to spot a fake email:
- All text in CAPS.
- No one wants to give you free money, specially $10.5m
- The email is from the Central Bank of Nigeria, yet the email address is from a gmail account – The email address should match the name of the organization
- Supposedly they have my name so why do they address the email as DEAR SIR/MADAM?
- I have never done business in Nigeria so why would I have an outstanding payment record with the Government of Nigeria?
- Some improper grammar/inconsistencies highlighted in orange
From: Alex Ugo<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:46 PM
Subject: Good Business
As a general rule:
- If you don’t recognize the sender, don’t open or click on the link.
- If the email is from someone that you know but the email looks suspicious or too good to be true, don’t open it; confirm with your friend that he/she intended to send you the email by call or text; don’t reply to the email.
- Ignore and delete any emails that ask for your bank account information, SSN, drivers license number, Passport number, etc.
- Don’t open any attachments from unsolicited emails, they usually contain a virus.
- Place the cursor on top of the link (Don’t click it!) to reveal the address location where the link will take you (the link may be displayed at the lower left corner of the screen)
- Never, ever, ever provide personal information to an idividual that just approached you out of nowhere (Phone, email, text)