Dating scams 419

Commonly, the guise is an urgent need to "confirm your identity".

They will keep asking for more money as long as you are willing to part with it.

This is the most widespread internet and email scam today. "Phishing" is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages.

These fees may even start out as quite small amounts.

If paid, the scammer may make up new fees that require payment before you can receive your reward.

Email scam is an unsolicited email that claims the prospect of a bargain or something for nothing.

Some scam messages ask for business, others invite victims to a website with a detailed pitch.

The '419' part of the name comes from the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which outlaws the practice. Scammers may ask for your bank account details to 'help them transfer the money' and use this information to later steal your funds.

Or they may ask you to pay fees, charges or taxes to 'help release or transfer the money out of the country' through your bank.

In this scheme, a company or individual will typically receive an unsolicited letter by mail from a Nigerian claiming to be a senior civil servant.

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