Don’t get caught by fraudster on the Internet.
The Nigerian Scam has been around for quite long time, but despite many warnings by local authority, the scam continues to draw in many victims.
The Straits Times gives the lowdown on some time-tested ploys and uncovers some newer schemes.
How it is done
First concocted by Nigerian scammer, one version has a supposed African official offering a big cut if you could help unfreeze millions in a late bureaucrat’s bank account. But there is the catch: You have to pay cash up front to cover some transaction cost. More money is requested, snags occur, and your money is gone.
Last year, 12 Singaporean were cheated of $676,400 in this way, more than double the $327,000 lost by five victims in 2005. In 2004, the figure was $78,000. Mony other victims may be too embrassed to come forward.
Be wary of get-rich-quick-scheme that offers, say Police. Contact your local Police if you smell a ruse.
Remember: If it sound too good to be true, then it is not true.
This post is extracted from The Straits Times newspaper dated May 28, 2007 (Page H5)