Nigerian dating scam western union
These scams are often known as 'Nigerian 419' scams because the first wave of them came from Nigeria.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.The scammer will tell you an elaborate fake story about large amounts of money 'trapped' in central banks during civil wars or coups, often in countries currently in the news.Or they may tell you about a large inheritance that is 'difficult to access' because of government restrictions or taxes in their country.If there was no password system, I wouldn’t have even been tempted by this scam. I had no real-life address or phone number for the police to check up on easily. Hey, let’s stop and do a search for “Western Union Scam Benin”.
If they can’t trust their agents worldwide to implement the password system effectively, it should be abolished. It dawned on me that I didn’t have any of their details, other than a Facebook profile and an email address.They called these cons “Yahoo” jobs, pronounced Ya-OO.“We go on the internet…We start making friend with you,” Danjuma says, explaining that they trawl Facebook and dating websites incessantly, looking for lonely women with money to spare.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.These fees may even start out as quite small amounts.