Nigerian letter scams
AUGUST 22, 2002

If you have been contacted by someone from Nigeria asking for your help
in transferring money out of the country, then you are one of thousands of
people all over the world who have been targeted by what is sometimes
called the “Nigerian letter scam” or “Nigerian advance fee fraud”.
Although “Nigerian” is the name given to it, this scam is international. The
letter or email you get may also pretend to come from another country,
such as Sierra Leone, the Congo or South Africa. In fact, the scam operator
may be in the US, or Europe, or anywhere.