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  • Money Request Scams

    Nigeria is cash based society. All services, all hotel rooms, all hospital services must be paid for in advance. If a "true" Nigerian has a problem, they call a family meeting. They have family meetings for everything; they do not get on the internet and pick a stranger off a dating site and fall in love within a few days and immediately ask for money.

    Reasons the Scammer ask for Money

    • Scammers may they claim they're being held hostage in the hospital, call the hospital directly and ask about the "patient". If they are asking for money to be released from the hospital, they aren't really in the hospital.
    • Scammer claims they’ve been mugged, shot, in a auto accident, arrested or their money, passport, and id was stolen
    • Scammer needs money because they can not cash a check/ Money Order at a Nigerian bank or use credit cards
    • Need money for plane ticket BTA (Basic Travel Allowance) this does not exists
    • Scammer is on the way to the states to visit you but is held up in Customs and need money for his/her release
    • Need money for hotel/motel bill and manager has their ID and passport
    • Need money for child in an orphanage for his/her life saving operation or adoption of a child
    • Needs money to cover payroll or cash payroll checks
    • Lost the company money and cannot pay his employees
    • Business, Investment, and Inheritance opportunities for victim

    This list is not in anyway complete as the scammers come up with more “stories or lies” on a daily basis.

    Identity Theft

    If you were scammed you need to make a report to the Credit Bureaus to flag your accounts. So many people give their scammers their personal information and the scammer uses this to commit identity theft against their victims. If you have been a victim, call and explain to your situation to the credit bureaus. They will flag your accounts and alert you of any activity that goes on. While your credit is flagged, you will not be able to obtain new credit but you will also be safer. We have helped many victims who have had credit cards open in their name and charges have been made.



    Steps to Take

    1. Immediately cease all contact with the scammer! Block their email address, ignore their instant messages, ignore their phone calls
    2. Contact Western Union to see if the payment has not been picked up yet
    3. Make copies if your email conversations, and instant messages. Keep originals for yourself, give copies to the various reporting agencies, and keep all receipts anything that can be used as evidence
    4. Report scammer to dating site you were contacted on, Yahoo Profiles, the FBI IC3, police department (make a report) and our database
    5. Contact the bank fraud department and make payment arraignments if a check/money order has been found fraudulent and you owe money to them
    6. Contact the bank fraud department if you suspect a check you deposited will come back fraudulent
    7. Contact your Postal Carrier/Post Office and ask that no packages to be delivered at your home/ work. Also bring checks and Money orders that you received to the Post Office to make a report and turned them over
    8. Contact your Postal Carrier/Post Office if you have been sent packages or letters to forward for a scammer. Keep the envelopes or shipping package for evidence
    9. Contact any companies that have sent you gifts or merchandise and inform them that they were purchased on a stolen credit card and make arraignments to have the items returned
    10. Contact your local Police Department, they may not do anything but it will help you to create a paper trail
    After being scammed you are put on a “contact” list by the scammers. You will be receiving random instant messages and emails from people you do not know. These are scammers trying to scam you again. Please tell them you know they are a scammer and block them. You will know within 5 minutes if it’s a scammer by looking at the profile, how they write/speak, their picture, they state they live in Nigeria, they confess their love in the first meeting, they claim God brought you to them etc. After you keep blocking them, they will stop and you will be placed on a “NO” contact list.

    Scammers may claim they're being held hostage in the hospital, call the hospital directly and ask about the "patient". If they are asking for money to be released from the hospital, they aren't really in the hospital. Nigeria is a cash based society -- all hospital services must be paid for in advance.