All of us at some time have likely received an email purportedly from someone in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Hong Kong, or somewhere else in Africa or the Far East. The email tells us that they are an official in that country or a trustee of an estate and that they need our help to cash out. An alternate version is that we are the beneficiary of an estate from a long lost relative - that we didn't know we had, because in fact, we didn't. Some even ask us to become complicit in circumventing the laws in their country to become wealthy. All of it plays on greed.
Well, here's the twist. Today, I got an email supoosedly from a US citizen - a 48 uear old woman in Buda, Texas, by the name of Debra Avalos. The letter still contains the broken English and the all-too-familiar style of the others. The difference is that she tells me that the all of the other emails are "fake" and no to fall for them. She tells how she used one, got no money, and went to Nigeria in person to meet with a "Barr. Olu Thomas" and that he took her directly to the bank and got her $500,000.
Now she wants me to contact this Thomas guy because she saw my name and email on a list of uncliamed monies. All I have to do is send Thomas $480 for the paperwork. Wow, how simple can it be - for him.
Oh, and the lady from Texas is using a Vietnam email.
Be very careful.
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