Actually the guy we talked to REALLY was from Nigeria, I traced his IP address through his email and the number he called from was international...
It was on tv a few nights ago, but I don't remember if it was dateline again or not. Anyway, they even have music videos in Nigeria that mock Americans and make us all out to be stupid and gullible. It said something like, I take your money and run, you so dumb... etc.
If anyone wants you to deposit money for them, it's a scam. I don't care how good it looks.
There's another scam, where someone sends you a check (something to the effect of Reader's Digest Sweepstakes). You're supposed to deposit and allow them access to your banking information. The check is real and stolen from a legitimate business (that doesn't realize it). And before you can do anything about it, your account is cleaned out for the amount of the check, plus whatever you had of your own. My future son in law, despite the best efforts of my wife to dissuade him, fell prey to that one.
Haha. I just got something similar, or more like stupid-er.
I'm not even going to think about touching the attached file.DEAR: WINNER,
Please view the attachment for your winning information. Claim amount is ($400,000.00 US Dollar, our Processing Director is waiting for your favorable response for the claim of your prize.
CLAIM AGENT CONTACTS DETAILS
MR. NELSEN V. JORDAN
TEL: + 27 78 366 0016
TEL: + 27 73 509 4846
FAX: + 27 86 536 8168
FAX: + 27 86 543 0440
Thanks for your Co-operation.
Mrs. Stella Elizabeth
Any ideas on what I could do for some fun? Tell them to meet me somewhere?
Forward it to Obama or a Bank CEO!
It'd be funnier to send it to Bush, doubt he'd know how to dial international...