How does the Nigerian Scam And other Scam's work
This is not a blueprint of how the scam would work step by step, but a logical series of steps that they get you involved so they end up getting money from you.
First never assume the Mark (you) has no money, the Mark will get it from somewhere if they are convinced they are onto something good.
Second play on peoples greed to get something for nothing.
step one get the Mark to give you something simple, like
If you can get the Mark to give you something private like any of the above you have started on the first step of confidence building, the Mark may phone the bank and will be assured no one can transfer funds out of their account with out the Marks knowledge ( do not take this as being FACT )
Armed with this knowledge the Mark will supply what is asked for with the knowledge "they are safe" and they will wait to see what happens.
Next step is to start proceedings so that the Mark will think, well it is working, they have not asked for money so it is all OK.
They will get asked to do simple things, may get a phone call or be asked to phone them, where the Con Artist will be reassuring them everything is going well, and will get their thanks for helping, escaping from bad people, recovering their Fathers inheritance or what ever the current con happens to be.
Then they will hone in for the kill, maybe…. Transfer fees, bank fees, Demurrage on the parcel of money, it many not be very much perhaps as little as $500 or $1000 or less and the mark will say 20% of $30mil = $6 mil so what is $300.
So they send off $300, soon there will be problems the bank needs more money, the transfer fee was worked out wrong it should be $600. Now the mark will have to work out do I write off the $300 or send another $600, perhaps the Conman will have rung them in tears to give them the news and will be pleading to help him and his little sister. So you send $600 Total $900
Now the next thing could be a agreement for you to sign saying you will not make off with the $30mil …… Lawyers fees $1800…… shit! what do you do now… well if it was not genuine they would hardly be asking for assurance that I would not steal it, but it is more money than you have, so you break the vow of silence you have made with the Conman and ask around you friends, most laugh, but someone will fall for it seeing you have already sent $900, so a agreement is made that your friend will advance you the money for 60% share of the 6mil, well you think they are putting up 75% of the money but you try for 55% and your friend says OK. Total $2700
Now enter the corrupt bank officials or a Lawyer, they all need to be paid off, it is only $3500 and so it will go on and on, every excuse will be greeted with pleading, tears, apologies, you will be told how great you are, lets face it you are a babe in arms in the presence of these people.
Not possible with you? Well smarter people are serving jail sentences around the world for embezzlement for stealing funds to pay to get these millions read about it here http://www.ivan.co.nz/nigerianScam2.htm
Now the above is not the only pattern, some will be more clever, but the end result will be you are broke.
NO there is no legal way to stop them as it will need the Govt of the country involved to get interested and just because they say they are in Angola, does not mean they are not in Paris or London, however they are more likely to be in Africa.
Chances of getting your money back? Well consider you have just put your money into the furnace and you go down to the bank, that is after all where you got the money from that you burnt and you tell the bank manager you burnt $10000 by mistake, he will open a draw and give you $10000 and tell you how sorry he is that you had this experience, WON'T HE!
….well my bank manager will not do this nor will any other bank manager that I have ever known, they will just laugh at your stupidly, in short you have as much chance of getting your money back as you have of walking on water.
it is too good to be try it probably is, and consider
HOW did they find you? and what is so special about you
for them to give you $6mil.
I am sorry to tell you, you only have yourself to blame, yes I do feel sorry for you, but sorrow will not get your money back, OR STOP these people from taking money off people like you.
out the seven deadly sins below
The conmen relies on the fact that most people are greedy and cannot pass up an opportunity of getting some money for no work.
If it happens to have a little bit of illegal involvement then it makes more sense to them.
The conman calls the people (his victims) a "Mark". He relies on the "Mark" giving him some money, it does not matter how little to start, anything will do even $100.
Then, it happens that there are problems with paperwork or toll calls, or people to bribe and things like this, or imaginary, but it gives the conman and opportunity to keep on coming back to the "Mark" for more money.
The conman works on the principle that once somebody has put some money into a project they are unlikely to walk away, particularly if the money being asked is not much more, eventually of course, they will have so much money in the project that they have to keep on dumping money in to try to save the money that they have already lost, although they do not look upon it as being lost.
The minute the conman finds the "Mark" has no more money or has no money to start with he will drop him like a hot potato and move on to the next willing victim.
This secret therefore if you want to play them at their own game is to cry poverty, but tell them you have some illegal money hidden away that you can invest, but you need more details. You must remember that even getting a hundred dollars from you as the result of one or two letters is a profit.
Never ever tell him you have no money or no access to money if you are playing them like a fish on a line.
You must play them carefully otherwise at they will drop off or and go on to the next worm.
By playing them at their own game you are showing them that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that if they keep on working you they will get their money.
They play you the same way by telling you about the millions of dollars, but it is hidden away in illegal bank account which they need your help to obtain and for really no risk and no work they will pay you millions.
All you have do is pay a $1,000 administration fee or something and once you do that you should feel the stinging sensation in your mouth and that is the hook being pulled in.
Never expect the conman to face up with any money for anything you ask. Ask them for anything except money and if it is illegally all the better. Indicate that "their story of power" that they have giving you should enable them to do this illegal thing for you with no problems.
This could not happen to anyone in New Zealand.... could it?
Saturday Press Christchurch Sept 14 2002
scams still get suckers NZ
this year, Nelson accountant Kerry Francis was jailed
for 4½ years on 18 fraud, theft, and forgery charges
involving $700,000 of client's money. Francis' defense
council, Garry Barkle, told the court his client, who
lost more then $500,000 after making a Nigerian "investment'
had fallen into a "professional black hole".
Consumer Ministry Scam Watch coordinator Pamela Rogers said the cases did not fit the profile of most Nigerian scams, which usually involve' much smaller sums. The scams now ran from many west or Southern African nations.
Nigerian scams have the following common elements
Nigerian scam letters were originally mailed, but were now faxed and emailed much more widely, she said. "People should not provide personal or company details without finding out from Government agencies who could verify the bona fides of the investments."