How to defend yourself from a scam

These scams are often known as “Nigerian 419 scams” because the first wave of this type of scam started in Nigeria. The ‘419’ is derived from the Criminal Code of Nigeria. – The scammer can contact by e-mail with a text message in chat or social networks. Check the contact’s identity, if you have doubts, asking for information to the service provider, or do an Internet search using the names or the ‘correct e-mail to check for any references to a scam (many scams can be identified in this way ).

If you think it is a scam, do not answer the contrary, immediately close the contacts. If you continue in your conversations, scammers will use a personal touch to play on your emotions and to ultimately achieve what they want – your money. Keep always a record of your conversations and e-mails deleted that are dispatched; In the talks the usual con man is reserved about his overall situation in which he lives, speaks very little of his family and his friends. Generally the scammer does not talk about his past. Almost all say they are widows / widowers or otherwise alone, often say they have children. – When you have an ongoing conversation with a scammer, be careful what he says because sometimes he can contradict or give answers to questions that have no place ever.

It will ask you not to talk to anyone about your love story, that’s because it will totally dominate. Do not listen to talk to someone you trust !! – The fraudster claims to be American but temporarily abroad is often not true, the scammer may well be a short distance from you and realize the scam. Many scammers steal photos of people to assume their identity. – They can make several spelling errors as they write in English. – Before committing to anyone online, use the Google ‘Search Pictures’ feature to see if the image of that person comes in other Web sites under a different name. If you check that the person is real.

Do a search online and verify that the information that has left coincide with the social network profiles, linkedin or otherwise. I doubt if you do not find anything. – From the moment you accept his friendship, the scammer asks you within 2-3 contacts to pass on an “instant messenger” or a private email, thus leaving the website where you met. – After 2-3 times dialogherete with the crook he will openly declare his undying and unconditional love, will tell you that you are the soul mate he was looking for, he will say “I love you” and will speak of your marriage, you will definitely imminent. – He’ll try to have a ‘close relationship with you and involve you in a love story made even virtual sex. – This love story is so beautiful that it will seem too good to be true … – The scammer will always have an excuse for not meeting you face to face and therefore will not use Skype or similar.

Once you will be sure of your love and your relationship will start having consolidated the scam. The scammer will suddenly need help, a medical problem, for example, or is unable to pay the hospital bill or of the hotel, it is an American soldier will need money for the weapon or leave the scammer will tell you about a false story of large amounts of money “trapped” in the central banks during the civil wars or coups, or they can tell you about a great heritage to which they can not access because of government restrictions or taxes in their country, other times they will talk about a cassette containing much money blocked at customs and must be unlocked with the money he currently does not have. Or they offer you a large sum of money to help them transfer their personal fortune outside their country.

Do not agree to send the money for no reason. Money laundering is a criminal offense. – Never send money or the data of your credit card, your account details online or copies of personal documents to a stranger. – Avoid any agreement with a stranger who asks for money by money order, bank transfer, the transfer of international funds, with prepaid card or electronic cash, money transfer with Western Union or Money Gram. It ‘rare to recover money sent this way. – Often scammers ask victims to reach them in Nigeria or England or elsewhere, in the country where they are. – DO NOT AGREE TO THIS REQUEST, DONT GO. It tells stories of abducted and raped women. – Do not play with the scammer, behind him is often an organization linked to terrorism. -if you have been cheated expose immediately report to the nearest police station or directly to the police post bringing with you all the material that you are able to record, including payment receipts.

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