Just about anyone with an email address has received some variation of this fraud. You’re offered an opportunity to share in millions of dollars that the sender is trying to transfer out of Nigeria or some other country. They then ask for money, your bank name and account number and/or other personal information which will be used to defraud you.
- Never reply in any way to an email of this type. It does not have to be Nigeria—they could be using this basic fraud with any country name.
- Even simply responding to an email of this nature lets them know they have a valid address and the spam you receive may increase significantly.
- Don’t provide any personal information.
- Don’t believe that these “government officials” are legitimate.