The Nigerian Prince Email Scam is one that has been on the internet for years, decades even. Even now, it does not seem to be anywhere near an end. I only wonder if people actually do get fooled.
How Does The Nigerian Prince Email Scam Work?
There are various techniques these scammers use. Below are two of the most common methods used in the past.
Method 1. Someone claims to be a member of a Nigerian royal family. He then says that he needs help in moving a large sum of money out of Nigeria. He promises to give a part of the fortune to whoever helps him.
This scammer would often ask for some money from the unsuspecting victim. According to them, the money would be for “processing” and some sort of clearing. They may even request the recipient’s bank account details to transfer money directly if it “works out”. I guess this is to create some sort of trust. Well. Some unsuspecting victims have probably sent money in the past.
Method 2. The email claims that someone is in grave danger. The scammer could claim a kidnap or an unjust imprisonment.
They claim to be rich but that they do not have access to their money at the moment. So, what they need the unsuspecting recipient to do is to help them out with some funds.
The promise is that they will reward you bountifully if you help them out. Now, if you do help them out with some money, then that is the last you will hear of them.
The truth is that many of these scammers are indeed located in Nigeria. However, there are scammers all over the world. Stay woke!
So, Which Is The Best Nigerian Prince Email Scam In The World?
The most interesting strategy of going about this Nigerian Prince Email Scam is too funny to ignore.
Would you donate $3 million to help a Nigerian astronaut get home from a secret mission in space? Interesting, right?
Here is an email which beats all others hands down. It is very interesting, with a nice storyline. Intriguing and captivating, you’ll see.
This email was posted by Anorak in full:
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.
This is interesting, isn’t it? The “fact” that the man has been stranded in space for over a decade should not be questioned, right? I guess the “fact” that it was a secret mission answers that.
Another point to note is that the stranded man is said to be in “good humor”. Haha. “Good humor” while stranded in place? Then, maybe he actually likes it there. Why does he want to come home?
The email also plays on people’s distrust on Russians, claiming that they abandoned the astronaut. Nice play by the scammer.
Here comes the part where money is requested:
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.
Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.
Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 percent of the transferred sum, while 10 percent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 percent to other accounts in due course.
One thing that cannot be ignored is the grammatical (or typographical) errors present in this email. Of course, these should never be found in an official email. “In order to access the his trust fund”? “$ 3,000,000 American Dollars”? Come on!
Other Points To Note About The Email
Now, the email claims that the astronaut has been stranded in space for 14 years since 1990. This should mean that the email was for 2004. So, how come someone is getting it after 2010 with the same “14 years”? The scammer probably did not remember to edit it.
With the figures being mentioned in the email, some greedy people might fall for the trick. Would any sane person believe that the Nigerian government actually paid this astronaut up to $15 million with interest? This is someone who is claimed to be stranded in space.
In total, the email itself is absolute nonsense. It is unbelievable that someone might fall for this. But then, looking back, even the previous two tricks mentioned above are equally ridiculous.
Nigerians need to step up their game. And I don’t mean by coming up with more scams. I mean by actually facing legitimate online businesses. And if you are more interested in the offline business market, then these 10 business ideas are for you.
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Author: Vincent Abolarin
Vincent is a Nigerian blogger with special interest in the history and current happenings in the country. When he is not blogging, he enjoys reading and playing computer games.