Lagos Nigeria scams aka 419 scams are advanced fee frauds or other scams mostly confidence tricks played against unsuspecting people commonly called by a number of names; JJC which stands for Jolly Just Come (a term used to describe naïve and inexperienced people) or mugus (Suckers or fools) or simply the mark.
The term Lagos Nigeria scam is a misnomer as it practically applies to all countries of the world. Most of these scams originated elsewhere but were picked up and used widely by some Nigerians. Scams are not as widespread in Lagos Nigeria as one is made to believe by western media. However for sake of this article it will be known by that name.
Lagos Nigeria scams include; black money scams, lottery scams, phishing, chat room love scams, advanced fee fraud, internet business scams and corporate impersonations.
Typically, this type of scams involve an individual or group (the syndicate) making a false claim about a person’s (front) achievement or about a non-existing attractive reward and often requires that the said victim trusts those claims usually by appealing to the emotional weaknesses of the victim. Those weaknesses are mainly greed, ignorance and fear but could also include sympathy, affection and misguided honesty.
Depending on whom and where the scams are targeted at, there are two classes of these scams; electronic based scams (E-mail Advanced fee frauds, phishing, promotional winnings prize scam and chat room scams) in which the fraudsters are faceless and distant people hoping to get a random sucker. There is also the person-to-person, face-to-face scam in which the fraudsters come out boldly to make their open claims an example is the real estate scam. The latter is usually targeted at specific individuals who can be traced and monitored although this is not always the case. Then a variation of these two classes of scams leads to a third class in which the scammers may or may not be faceless and in which the victim may or may not be known or monitored.
Examples of Lagos Nigeria Scams
An example of a Lagos Nigeria scam is the winnings or promotional prize winning scam in which a random SMS is sent to the phone of a would be victim congratulating him/her for winning the grand prize in a legitimate company’s consumer promo . The scammers often times request their victims to contact a particular person by phone. Eventually, the would-be victim is asked to part with some money in the form of recharge/phone call vouchers after which the scammers break-off communication or continue to demand for more payment.
Another scam is the real estate scam in which the scammers portray themselves as agents to landlords. They aim at unsuspecting tenement seekers hoping that not being thorough enough in their investigation, they could be swindled. These fraudsters will not stop at anything to trick you. Some will go to the extent of bribing security guards in some of the houses being inspected to create the impression that they have access to the whole house and hence are genuine agents.
There is also the visa scam in which unsuspecting members of the public are promised entry into western countries and other economically successful places especially Canada and Australia upon purchase and completion of a form which most times is unconnected to genuine travel and immigration opportunities in the said countries. There will never be any successful applicant from such immigration programs order than those hired to make false claims by the fraudsters.
In the past, the e-mail based 419 scams were notorious for the economic and social hardships they created for many people abroad. However, this scam is not very much in use by scammers these days because information has reached far and wide about them. However, some scammers are still involved in it. If you ever receive an e-mail from anyone claiming to have a large amount of money trapped somewhere and soliciting your help in retrieving it that is an example of an e-mail 419 scam. Eventually, you will be asked to part with some money to cover certain ‘costs’ which is the fee the fraudsters are out to get.
How to identify a scam
There are many more Lagos Nigeria scams but these are the most common types. But regardless of their form or variation, all scams involve someone or a group making empty claims about an attractive reward waiting to be received but only if you part with money or valuables. Always note that any serious attempt to verify those claims will always be frustrated.
The scams could also prey on your good nature especially if you are sympathetic or affectionate. By claiming that a loved one is in danger of being hurt, they hope you will feel pity and regret and do whatever is necessary to remedy the situation (most times that remedy is in financial terms). This method is common in the love or romance scams.
Warning against scammers
Scammers cannot be identified by their nationality, tribe or race. They however can be identified by their behavior and habits which tells you who they really are, Scum. They are highly unproductive, lazy, overambitious and determined to acquire material things. Most scammers are manipulative and parasitic in behaivour.
Never trust anyone unless you have tried and tested him/her and found him/her trustworthy and god fearing. Most scammers are real scum with no marketable skills and a history of anti-social behaviours. Don’t be surprised if they are ready to kill a man for a few cents, because they are real moral filths. Don’t feel sorry for them whenever they are caught as they can manipulate human feelings to their advantage. Most scammers are unrepentant crooks.
Eriksen Niklas on October 17, 2018:
almost everyone has had an experience with these criminals.
Zuzana on October 13, 2017:
Iwas scammed from Lagos/very big scam with a boy from lagos/i sent a lot of money!!!!!
ts on January 08, 2016:
Her phone number us from iowa and she told me the same story. She even web cam me. Not bad looking.
Robert on December 14, 2015:
I was scammed I was on the adult website and this Tracy Santipadri we talk a little bit and email each other she claims that her family was killed in England and she's living with her uncle here in Florida apparently she's got several oil wells in Nigeria but needs money and all that I sent 300 knowing that I wouldn't get it back got all upset with me if I didn't send it said she was going to come over and visit me and never did I took a day off from work for for that needed the day off anyway but that Told me she's from England but she's living in Florida with your uncle and is traveling to Nigeria but yet she traveled and book the flight tonight Nigeria overnight which which I do not believe and just weird stuff she was doing because her full of her she goes by Angel Tracy Tracy Michelle be careful she scamming people
liz on April 26, 2015:
Please I need help ,I think I'm been scam too, ,,, I like to know, in Lagos does there power go out all the time, an can they keep anyone there because of money they own, I had asks to do video chat, he always says he can't because he doesn't have a good phone, please I need help
nina on February 08, 2015:
Be careful of natal me bobby he was on holiday in England and lost his wallet he also was stocked in Nigeria with diamonds...
M stone on November 17, 2013:
I was contacted by this guy name David baker claiming to be this contractor from California an was sent to Nigeria to build a central bank but now ha no money to finish the job claims he Italian an has a 15 yr old son name Pirlo who lives with him mom in Italy because his wife died 3 yrs ago fell in love with me fast want me to send him $20,000 so that he can finish the job an come back to the states an get married be careful he is very convincing post a lot of pics of a handsome guy beware he is not who he says he is!!!
evelyn on June 04, 2013:
my case is same of ellien salis..i was scammed name:Brad Garnette from 197 village court wenchester virginia va.22601 tel.no.+13232504707 another name he used Christ olu Ajelle 18 campbell st.Lagos Nigeria tel.no.+2348029687969 .i called him today he don't talk to me anymore.i was scammed of 2,600 usd.please help me to report this guy.
evelyn on June 04, 2013:
hi i met a guy claiming he is civil engieneer from 197 village court wenchester virginia VA.22601 U.S.A.he told he has son name David.After getting to know each other he asked money and send through western union.I asked him give any informtion to your family in the U.S.and tel.no.he given but when i tried to call nobody answered the phone.so think this scam.he sent me also next of kin certification...but don't mind anymore.this the information of the man.Name.,Brad Garnette..he is now in Lagos Nigeria he used name:Christ olu Ajele 18 campbell st. Lagos Nigeria.
email@example.com on October 26, 2012:
REMEMBER THIS: TRUST BUT VERIFY. ALWAYS.
tosmart4this on October 25, 2012:
Please be aware of the scammer known as firstname.lastname@example.org He says that he is inNigeria and his son is with HIM. tHE SON IS jAMES OR iKE. its all fake. He will show you nice looking pictures of supposedly himself but its not him. He will tell you that he has to cash a large check for 700,000 dollars but that they cant cash it there becoz the bank doesn't have enough money. He will even tell you that his son got killed in a car accident and he needs to come to the state to bury him. He will ask you for 5,000 dollars to get here. He claims to love you so much and will even have phone sex with you. He is a big scammer. Please don't fall for his crap.
MINNIE on October 21, 2012:
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ms warning u on October 10, 2012:
To Afsoon, This man u are talking about goes by the name of Steven H. Jefferson. Yes he claims that his son James got hit by a car and he needs money to come home. He claims to install computers and tells you he loves u very much. He will even go as far as to send u flowers. He tells you that he lost his card so the hotel people are letting him live there until he cashes this fake check for seven hundred thousand dollars. He even will send you a fake copy of his check. He has pictures on face book listed under steven h jefferson. He claims that he is orginally from spain. He will even call you from this long number . it will look something like 27816216457. THIS IS NOT THE NUMBER BUT ITS LONG LIKE THIS,. hE ALSO GOES UNDER OTHER names as david royal, david ken, He will ask u to send the money to him through western union or some sort. He is a big scammer. He will send u pictures only once. He has great looking photos but its really not him . Hes not hungry its just a scam. Hes the biggest liar you could ever meet. He is never gonna come to be with you. I know this scammer to well becoz he tried to scam me also for five thousand dollars but it didn't work. He will even ask you to buy him clothes or send him can goods becoz he is so hungry. Don't trust him at all. Hes fake and hes one of the biggest scammers. He is also located on Black people meet listed as vagmillion from tennessee. He has a picture of him sitting at a desk, or he has a picture of him with a white t shirt on or either a black t shirt. Very nice build. Its all fake. The check will be from bank of america some large bank, He is fake, DON'T TRUST ANYTHING HE SAY.S hE CLAIMS TO BE SUCH A CHRISTIAN AND GOES TO CHURCH BUT HE IS THE DEVIL
annonymous on October 05, 2012:
there is a man with the email mp_3 jefferson @ yahoo.com He claims to be a big time contractor who installs computer software for schools in nigeria. He states he has a son name James who is 8 yrs old. The mother is not in their lives. He states hes on business . He has very nice pictures and will convince you that u are the love of his life. He will ask u to agree to some type of marriage vow. He then will send u flowers or something to make u believe him. He is a scammer for real. He will find any way to get u to send him money. He also uses the name David royal or royal bother. Hes a smoothe talker and great eye catcher. Please be aware of this scammer.
Tee on July 14, 2012:
LISTEN up all if you need help please go to scamwarners.com and romancescam.com there you can find the help you need NEVER trust anyone with your money and ANYONE that finds you or your family member on ANY social site and tells you they are Military or tells you they love you and then invent an assinine story or tries to rent you an apartment or house or tries to sell you ANYTHING or tries to buy anything from you yet cannot meet you face to face is a SCAMMER plain and simple ANYTHING to do with AFRICA is a dead giveaway they consider being a beggar an honor they think of it as a job these people are sick filthy pieces of shit NEVER send money to anyone you do not know or NEVER met EVER also do not give your name address or phone number YOU HAVE been warned tell them to get on cam and prove who they are these africans steal Names and pics of Americans all the time do not trust them even some of the ones in the US are scammers I met one and asked what he thought about scammers in Nigeria and he had no problem Blaming the victims so do not think they are only in Africa.NEVER send money via Money tranfer such as your BANK western union or Moneygram
Mik on July 12, 2012:
I believe my mom is being scammed. This has been going on for 3 yrs im looking up scambaiting and emailing him from a different email to see if he is a scammer. 1st he was in Lagos building a church now he is in London with his sick mother. He wants to marry my mother but something always comes up. Its really sad Im sick of watching this go on and at this point i don't know what to do. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org im gonna send him a virus.
Ella on July 06, 2012:
Seriously, I was so close to sending out my new blackberry bold and iphone 4s which cost 600 each to a similar buyer with the name Stella Richard, john wilier or some gay British/american name. I thought the email confirmation was a little fishy, with the misspelled sentences and copy&paste paypal legal rights. The receiver happens to live in lagos, Nigeria with some weird indian tribal name that has somewhat no connection to the buyer's name. Ex: Stella Richard claims her son Opeyemi Cole or Okuma Booopoowahwah is staying in Nigeria for a Project and needs a phone. ( Obviously, what kind of freakish name is that?, & Why would the email say Mrs. Stella Richard, how would paypal know your a Mrs? and not a Mr.?!) Then they would post the wrong price instead of the invoice price you post on ebay. Anyone from UK is connected to these Nigerian scammers. ( I'm thinking these scammers are a bunch of young desperate boys or pedos who lives with their grandmas.. OR together? O_O) Well, I Can't believe this has been going on since 07'. Lucky, I have family members who are within the government security bust yo ass time, so we gonna give justice to these desperate greedy fools. Best of luck everyone, be careful.
Barbara Dudley on June 21, 2012:
To whom it may concern. I'm was scammed By Man named JASON MICAH WALKER hes from lagos nigeria says hes origanally from Akron OHO h writes eautiful love letters and sad he lost his wife rose to brest cancer three years ago he took me for 100 dollars that i really didn"t have I sent it because he told me his son James was in need of medical attenionand I have a place in my heart for kidshe also said that he wanted to marry me said he was a building contractor from Akron Ohio and he builds logcabins and hotels and motels please don"t fall for any of his B/S because hes a total fake he also goes by the name Peter Eze hes still trying to play me for a fool but it "s not happening again I"m going to report him to the FBI and see what they can do I just want everyone to know what kind of man he really is
linda nelson on June 13, 2012:
my daughter was scammed by a guy named buchaman evans from lagos,nigeria claiming to be a united states marine.we found out on nigerian scammers that everything he told her was untrue.she is on disability and every 1st of the month he would scam money out of her.and if she didn't send it to him he would threaten her.i reported him to the federal bereau of investigation.
bettydavis11 on May 29, 2012:
Another scammer is a woman (?) Sheryl Morse(email@example.com) met on match.com. Claim’s to live in Colorado Springs, Co even has a “white page listing”. Long story short; chatted for a while on messenger then she had to go to Nigeria because her son (Aaron) was in an accident. Told me she lost her wallet with all her money and credit cards and needed some money to pay for the doctor treating her son. Not knowing there were people like her (scammers) I sent her 5000.00. Finally figured out it was all a lie when I asked for the doctor’s phone number and called him. He couldn’t tell me what type of injuries or treatment they were giving her son. Beware of this woman she is a scammer
Mary on May 12, 2012:
Another scammer. Peter Burton, says he is out of Buffalo, NY. Falls in love fast. I knew he was a fake and played his game. He of course wanted money. Had to make a fast trip to New Zealand to get inheritance out of bank. Needed me to verify that I was next of kin. Told him no. then he needed money to get home. Has a 17 yr. old son supposedly with him as he had no family. Gave details of a court decision that he inherit his dead fathers money. An uncle tried to kill him so he could get the inheritance. a lot of hog wash. He is out of Lagos, Nigeria. I contacted four of the seven women on his web and they all confirmed he was a fake. BEWARE. Advice: If you do not know them, do not accept their friend request.
henry on May 03, 2012:
I wish GOD should give them back all what they lost
lyn on May 01, 2012:
Romance Scammer with Brazil cell phone. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. please don't send money to anyone in Nigeria.
Krystle0125 on April 28, 2012:
Hi my name is Krystle I was almost scammed. I was looking for a place to rent on Craigslist I found a 3br/2ba in the Oakland Hills for $900 it was to good to be true. So I start looking up things it didn't click until I got another email, but a different adderss and it was the same way but the rent was $600. So I talked to my uncle and he said look it up. I founded this website and the people blogs I read above was just like the emails I got. But they are really good the sent me pictures and everything so be careful because these scammers are really good.
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $900 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife advised i rent it out to responsible people.
Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
This is the address of the House (3427 Margarita Avenue, Oakland CA 94605 )...
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS _____________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you...Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this...
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to....A Deposit of $600 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in...Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.....The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...
Iva Wilkerson from Tifton, Georgia on April 25, 2012:
my daughter i feel is being scammed after reading theses stories sure she is she just needs to read some of this
JEN on April 23, 2012:
I too was scammed, A man of the name Fred Wale Martins, we found each other on FireFighters Nation for FF only, but he managed to sign up as a fireman, anyway we chatted for 2 weeks, then all of a sudden he was heading to Lagos Nigeria to buy antiques for his store in LA, within a few days of being in Lagos he sent me a msg saying he couldn't access American dollars over there, He kept asking for money & saying he will pay it back as soon as he gets back to LA, he gave a big sad sobbing story, about his 5yr old son left with the Nanny (child minder), I felt sorry for him & he told me he needed US$800 dollars, I sent him a thousand via Western Union, he thanked me & said it wasn't enough, & kept asking for more, he said he was a business man I started to think what kind of business man doesn't do his homework about accessing money in Nigeria before going there, when asked about this he started a sad story that I didn't love him etc...he asked me to marry him...& got all upset when I said NO, he stayed in Nigeria for a year before saying he finally got some money together to fly back to his son Jimmy a whole year without his son, & I knew he was a scammer by then, NO Single father would truly stay away from their child that long, a real father would have sold the goods he said he bought over there to buy a ticket back to California, but he didn't want to do that...why b/c he was a friggin lying scamming git...He sent me more msgs after saying he was back in LA with his son, but he still wanted money from me...He tried to deposit a US 6,000 in my bank account, but I refused it...he also said his son was in need of an expensive operation for a clot on his sholder, when asked about his condition he couldn't or wouldn't tell me much b/c he didn't know...reason he knew that I work in the Medical Industry & he tried to pass it off that he was just too stressed to talk about it, too stressed to talk about his deceased wife, because it still hurts him, & he sent pics of him & his son, that I really thought were amazingly gorgeous!!! Another incident once there was a storm in California, while he was in Nigheria, I remember b/c there really was, he was stressed about it b/c he couldn't get back to his son, he had given me a phone number a while back in our chats, but unbeknown to him I scraped around to find it, I got hold of some friends in Missouri if they could try the number & bingo...it wasn't even his number it belonged to a Chris Martins so how he managed to get a hold of that number & the guys address b/c the address he gave me also belonged to Chris Martins not a Fred Martins, so that is when I definitely knew he was a scammer, watch out for this guy his e-mail address is email@example.com...he phoned me once & his voice sounded like a robot, I couldn't even understand him, but within seconds he hung the phone up & blamed the network, I tried ringing him several times on the same number & the operator said it wasn't listed to anyone. so all you ladies out there beware of this man Fred Wale Martins born in Poland moved to LA California 12-13 yrs ago...keep safe all...:)
Mary Lugo on April 18, 2012:
A Jason Micah Walker, Lagos, Nigeria-writes beautiful love letters, wants to marry, contruction worker there and makes log houses, hotels and motels. He wanted money. Said he had one son, James, wife Juliet died of breast cancer three years ago. He's a scammer.
RONNIE JONSON on March 29, 2012:
I KEEP GETTING A EMAIL FORM THIS GUY JAMESSCOTT4250@YAHOO.COM. SAYING HE IS A SINGLE WHITE GUY. FROM LAGOS NIGERIAN..AND THAT HE WANT ME TO RAISE HIS SON.AND HIS SON NAME IS CHIS RICHADSON.AND THAT HIS WIFE DIED OF CANCER YEARS AGO. AND THAT HE WAS IN THE ARMY, AND HE IS AFGANASTHAN FIGHTINGFOR OUR COUNTRY.. ABD THAT HIS SON IS ON SPRING BREAK FOR 5 WEEKS IN SCHOOL OVER THERE. THAT HISMOM AMRRIED ANDAMERCIAN BLACK DAD,AND HIS MOM IS FROM NIGERIAN, WELL EVERDAY HE SAID SEND HIS SON SOME MONEY HE WANTSTO FLY OVER HERE IT COST 1400 HE NEED THE MONEY NOW. THEN HE SAID LAST WEEK HE LOVE ME AND WANT TO MARRY ME. HE;S IN LOVE WITH ME, WELL THE THING WAS I WERE GOINGTO SEND IT, AFTER READING SITES HERE, I WERE WEARY ANYWAY I PLAYED HIS GAME, GAVE HIM THR RUN FOR HIDS MONEY AND TOLD HIM MY RAPPER HUSBAND TOLD HIM HE IS A SCAMER. COME TO FINF OUT HE ON 76 SITES, BEWARE OF THIS FRAUDENT MAN HE'S DANGEROUS. TOLD ME HE DIDN'T WANT NOONE TO KNOW OUR RELATIONSHIP ON FACE BOOK.AND ITS A SECRET OF ME AND HIM. HE IS 45 AND TOLD OTHER WOMENS HE'S 43.. I KNOW HE LIED EVERYDAY ITS SEND THE MONEY TO MY NECT DOOR NEIGHBOR HE HAS ID. I KNEW RIGHT THEN, IT WAS ALL A SCAMJ. WATCH OUT FOR JAMESSCOTT4250@YAHOO.COM ANS HE USES HIS FAKE SON NAME DADDYLITTLEBOY4250@YAHOO.COM..PLEASE ITS A SCAM. E IS SCAMING WOMENS FROM NIGERIA.AND USING UNITED STATES ARMY NAME SAYIN HE'S IN THA ARMY AND FIGHTING WELL IFU FIGHTING OVER THERE HOW U GET TO USEA PHONE.. A SCAM I FOUND OUT I RAN HIM GAVE HIM FAKE CONTROL NUMBER TIL ISAID U BUSTED. SO THIS IS FOR WOMENS HE PRAY ON FULL FIGURE LADIES.. THANKS RONNIE
Kelli Harris on March 29, 2012:
Well everyone needs to also look out for Mike Brine from Perth amboy New Jersey that is where he said he was from but he was working in the uk London I talked to him online for 8 months the day he was suppose to come and be with me in NC he never talked to me again He claims he has twin girls and that him and his girls will come and live with you and start a new life together but every now and then he is asking for money his girl got hurt and needed money for hospital bill doesn't have all the money to fly home when he cashes his check he will be right there immediately and he doesn't show he got me he got me good but it won't happen again. He sends email first telling you he saw your lovely pic and how he wants to know more about you. And he talks about his twin girls and how old they are and how there mom is dead and they never knew her and how they always wanted a mom that is how he got me. So beware of Mike Brine oh and he will send pics of himself too. He is really beliavable but when I looked for his email address online to see where they said he was at it said Lagose Nigeria so you can't believe nothing he says
gabdone on February 21, 2012:
These Nigerian Scammers mostly used funny names like, Tery Todd, Michel Smith, Run Run from such names.
to afsoon on February 13, 2012:
this is the same man than is working as an engineer and his wife and child was killed. go on FB and look up RICHARD MOLLARS... he is a scammer... he is very cute and awesome pic, i will send u his pic if you post an email to send to. he was left with no money, is crying so don't get scammed. good luck. He is the same one as scammed by love. his best friend is Andy,
John Grey on February 13, 2012:
men in 100 George Ave, Ikeja lagos, Nigeria 23401; there on business & with his only son Jimmy. Is in need of $750.00 to pay some bills & get back to the State. E-mail is John_Grey52@rocketmail.com. Needs the money sent via Western Union or Money Gram Store.
afsoon on February 07, 2012:
met a man online from lagos nigeria. claims hes an engineer with 1 son and no familuy. says his originally from spain. claims hes working on computer installation over in nigeria. states his only son just got killed hit by a car. he states he needs monney to come home to be with me. needs 5 thousand dollars. hes hungry and hates that country. the motel owners are letting him live there until he can cash this large check for 700,000 dollars here in the states. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. do anyone know this man. Has very nice photos.
Adam Robinson on February 04, 2012:
I caught everybody...Laughing
Rick Noelle on January 30, 2012:
Adam Robinson, I am currently talking with Martha Francis. She wants me to give her $120.00 for a calling card to Nigeria to have a conversation. She talking to get married with. Plus she told me that her parent has both died in a car accident and she lives with her grandmother name Amanda. It bothers me about her that she also is sending me a hand full of love emails just to send her money. I wasn't sure if she was scamming or not. But when I saw Adams comments about her. Plus the email he had of hers "marthaisloving" I also have. Reading this has made me lost all trust on her and I thank you. I propably would have been fooled.
stephen_110000 on January 24, 2012:
i was on craigslist and found a house that was to good to be true in lafayette louisiana. I was doing research on the house and i decided to e-mail the person who posted it. He e-mailed me back a very detailed e-mail saying that he was the Lead Surgeon at Lagos university teaching hospital in Nigeria. SMH
to scammed by love on January 21, 2012:
go to FB and for Richard Mollars... he is a civil engineer that is also working on a bridge... he is engaged and will be wed feb15.... look at his pic and please tell me if that is him.... he has some awesome pic and is very handsome also
scammed by love on January 18, 2012:
I am currently being hustled for money... .this guy has a son, is a civil engineer in Lagos. He has run out of money, the hotel has his passport for rent and when the bridge is done in a couple of weeks he will have 5mill dollars. He is going to come straight to my city and we are going to meet and do all kinds of things. He is now starving and needs something to "feed" on. He talked about his son needing a "mum". Eric Johnson is his name. Anyone heard of this guy? He has some really great pics too,
Adam Robinson on December 01, 2011:
I think I am possibly being scammed. A person going by the name of Martha Francis from Nigeria claims that she has an inheritance from her late father that is being kept at a private financial institution called KHAMAAL SECURE SECURITY COMPANY. She claims that there are fees that she is too poor to pay in order for the inheritance to be released. She had a lawyer contact me telling me to pay him a fee by western union in order for him to change ownership of the inheritance to me. There is alot I could tell you in my comment on here but what erouses my suspicion is that why do I have to pay all of these fees. Shouldn't any fees that need to be paid be subtracted from the inheritance. Please investigate Martha Francis and Amanda Francis of email@example.com also investigate Richard James Kovich firstname.lastname@example.org also email@example.com also investigate Christopher Francis. these people are supposidly located in Bariga Lagos, Nigeria or Apapa Lagos, Nigeria. Martha Francis of 4 Odulesi street or 24 Akeju street. Also investigate firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane on November 03, 2011:
I also found a home on Craigslist that was too good to be true. It sounds exactly like Sara's story...exactly! Good thing I got suspicious;)-
izabelinseattle on October 23, 2011:
I just got contacted via Yahoo messenger by this Roy Ronald from LA, email is email@example.com, Prince Roy Ronald at firstname.lastname@example.org, also email@example.com. Luckily I googled him and found this website. Thank goodness for it. Beware of this scummer!!!
Savvycruzr on September 28, 2011:
When you see outrageous promises of MILLIONS of dollars in your in-box from people you've never met - JUST DELETE the messages. I've received such messages in my in-box as well.
Most of those who fall victim to this email scams actually are to blame for allowing their GREED glands to submerge them.
nancy on September 06, 2011:
i also got scammed for 2700.00 from a guy that said he sold diamonds ,was from italy got robbed in nigera, said his name is peter gregory be aware ,
kristind on September 03, 2011:
I just had a similar incident happen where I had found a home posted on craigslist. My lease was up and I was looking for something cheaper in the same area. I went on craigslist in the hopes of finding a deal where I didn't have to go through a realtor to find my new place and save some money during my move. I found a fabulous home for a steal of a deal, only two blocks away from my house. ( Where I currently pay $1500 per mo.) It was perfect! Great yard w/ a pool, 1942 sq ft in a GREAT neighborhood.I noticed a realtor sign on the front I opened the gate to the backyard and the grass was pretty overgrown and my first thought was this house must be going into foreclosure, that's why the rent was so low. I did a little research on the realtors website as well as on my own MLS site ( I work in Real Estate) and was able to see the home hadn't yet gone into foreclosure and it had only been on the market 12 days. The owner of record was also the name of the person who was emailing me. I even went on the County Recorders website and found the deed. Everything seemed to be correct. Still I thought it was strange that they would want to rent it out for so cheap! Then I thought to myself, maybe the $700 should have been posted as $1700( that would have been more appropriate for this area for fair rent values)and it was a typo on craigslist. I got my hopes up and thought it was maybe just my lucky day so I decided to email this person to see if it was available....here is the response I received from the "so called owner".
I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only son. Presently we have moved out due to my transfer. The house is still available for rent for $700 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now,I'm currently in Lagos,Nigeria for a missionary work.
As soon as we settled down here, I had a thought of selling the house so I had to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents.Later we decided to have the house rented out because of maintenance, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of maintenance.If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintenance. Plans has already been made to remove the for sale sign and take it off the market. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just have a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to...A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in.....Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining the house, kindly provide the information below for record purpose..
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________
For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
( +234-812-892-3766 OR 011-234-812-892-3766)
At first I thought maybe this could be my lucky day that I really found an awesome deal. But my instincts told me to research " Lagos Nigera"...when I entered the words on google " Lagos Nigera" scams was the first link that popped up and this website. I read Sarahs post above and am so thankful I did....or I may have been scammed as well. Needless to say I'm still looking for a place to rent and notified the Dept of Internal Affairs about this scam, reported the abuser on craigslist, made a call to the Realtor on the listing and basically told the scam artist off and that us Americans aren't as stupid as they think we are anymore.. BE VERY AWARE THESE SCAMS ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!
Karen on August 14, 2011:
just 3 weeks into communication with a Match.com contact, HARRY KNIGHT was in love with me, a one-woman man and very romantic. I was his `baby` and going to help him get back a love life since the tragic death of his wife. He was a building contractor, widow with a 15-year old son named Cody, currently working in Lagos, Nigeria. When he asked for $500 to set up an account for payment from the job, it didn`t take too long to find him on scambook.com. After doing some research on Nigerian Romance Scams, I am blown away by the industry. Note: he did not get one penny from me. DON`T GO THERE!!
Sissy Hanley on July 16, 2011:
I too, was scammed out of money, when I meet this american/British Contractor out of LA that was working on log homes for the motherless babie homes on Match.com. he used the name of Prince Roy Ronald and he had his 12 year old daughter with him due to his wife dying 2 years ago in a car accident. After a week, his wallet was stolen and to tried ot proof who he was, he sent me a Contract Award certificate to keep for him, his flight information and alots of pictures of him and his daughter, who was not 12 in the pictures. His wallet was stolen with 5000 in it and that money was to finish paying the workers and getting him and his daughter there ticket back home. I was quite hard to prove, but his guy came up with a passport, Drivers License and other information. When I checked out some of the information it was correct so I sent him 350. Then I got different emails from him from different IP address and login in names, he said that he had forgot his passwords so had to make new ones, Then he asked me to send 400 more which I refused, that when the phone calls started coming from Nigeria and they didn't stop until today, when I asked and it was not a British or american accent but a local national. I threated ot turn him in and then he was contacting me or trying to from different emails. Then he got me on messenger, where he asked for 12,000 then he went down to 6000 so that he and his daughter could come to be with me. I explained that I reported him and had all the evidence that I turned and reported it and he was so frustrated that he wanted my password. He has been report and he still is trying ot get to my emails, phone calls and messenger to clear the evidence. So please be aware that this man is working with at least four others and has four different names and login names. Just to say a few, Beware of Roy Ronald from LA, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, Prince Roy Ronald at email@example.com, also firstname.lastname@example.org, the name of Cralos Harris from Texas at email@example.com and Match.com anme of PertPrettySmiles just to name a few. The photos they are using are the best I have seen. I reported it to the FBI, Cybernet.org and the ConsumerFraud Reporting.org to start the investigations.
BeWare they are good
Ellein_Sales on July 02, 2011:
I want to report a guy who claim as a contractor in Nigerian and one son named Peter, saying that his son was kidnap last May 5 and before that I don't know that he scammed for almost $50,000.00 saying that he need to fix the 20 machines he is using that was broken and he wants to finish his contract before May in order to proceed to our wedding plan and later on he said he is coming home to met me and we will prepare our wedding in Florida in his place.And the day he said I will met him in the airport, later on he call me that his son was kidnap when they were on their way going to the airport.Last week of May he said the kidnappers demanding $100,000.00 and I ask him how he gonna produce the money and he said he gonna withdraw some amount in his account and sent it to me.Later on the bank wants to verify those money and later on the bank investigate me and he is using 2 different names and try to withdraw some of this two account and sent it to me.When I told him that the bank hold my account later on he dis appear little by little and now I cannot contact him since am asking about my money.
Please be advice me where to report this guy. his email address firstname.lastname@example.org
rachel on May 27, 2011:
hi i received an email from ACC EXPRESS which tells me that i need to pay the charges on my package which on hold by CUSTOMS IN MANILA AIRPORT.. which i don't know if its true .. yesterday they email me again that i send the money in western union to ALOSE JACOB IN LAGOS NIGERIA which i notice that i think it is a scam .. i have a chatmate before whom name is JOON SUNG which told that he will send me a package here in the philippine .. i tols them that if its true i will give the payment to customs then customs will send it to them but they dis agree .. help me to find out if its a scam or not? kindly search this name JOON SUNG OR ALOSE JACOB if they are scammers or not .. we never chat on cam thats why it is very unusual to me .. please help me ..
David crook on May 16, 2011:
Leona Thanh is a new name nigerian scamers use.. I am from germany an I did a little research..
MARY LATIMER on April 21, 2011:
I am a victim of a nigerian scam. A man claiming to be an IT engineer in Lagos Nigeria scamed me of about $60,000 .hIS EMAIL IS email@example.com He was claiming to be American from Natalia texas and had a 16 year old daughter victoria.I spoke to her on phone and she said her mum had died in 2004.They were professionals at scamming. Beware!!
Sara on March 11, 2011:
I recently had my own "close-call" with what turned out to be Nigerian scam artist. Been trying to get the word out since this seemed to be less commmonly known or at least talked about scam method. I was looking for homes to rent in my area and came across a listing on "backpage.com" for a home that was perfect. I responded to the ad and after corresponding with the "home owner", had settled on renting it. It wasn't until the last email I received that I knew FOR SURE I had been tricked, luckily I hadn't sent any money yet. Here are some highlights of the scam they attempted to pull on me;
*they were going to sell but decided against it and were now looking to find a renter (and had dropped agent for "ease of operation")
*they claimed to have relocated out of the country and did not have any family/friends in the area, so meeting/seeing the place in person wasn't possible
*the ad had a REAL HOUSE LISTED WITH REAL PHOTOS AND REAL ADDRESS (the day after I responded to the post the ad was removed from the website but I was able to find it on multiple real estate sites, thus furthering their intial "story" of wanting to sell initially)
*One email contained a brief and fairly amature "Rental Application" and all emails included very compelling and well thought-out detailed info that made it even more of an authentic feel (ie. specific rental docs will be shipped with keys and tracking numbers will be emailed, repairs needed will be done by you but deducted from following months rent,etc)
*Probably the MOST COMPELLING info they included making it seem real, was the ACTUAL HOME OWNERS NAMES!!!
However,in the last email that was sent, they said I needed to send the security deposit FIRST then they would mail the keys (first red flag), then gave a # belonging to his "secretary" and an address in Nigeria!! Needless to say it only took a bit more time to figure out just how big this scam actually was (including going by the house, seeing a for sale sign, and meeting the home owners who were as surprised as I was!) I really wanted to get this info out to as many people as possible in hopes of preventing it from happening to someone else.
marc camilleri on February 01, 2011:
i just got scamed from e-bay i sent the item as it was my first time selling now i lost a watch and cant get it back somone should do something about it
Darlene on August 24, 2010:
Oh my gosh not very long ago I to recived a letter like this. I got rid of it. Then I started reciving other letters like this but in this case i was told I was the next of kin to the person that died! I knew it was nothing more then a scam because you see the one that died was black and i'm not black in no kind pf a way.
They were nothing but sorryful scammers trying to sucker me in to their plot. I turn them in to the F.B.I of the U.S.A.
Sam on July 17, 2010:
This arrived in my spam box today - have deleted.
Any idea of other sites I can post it to warn others?
Sat, 17 July, 2010 13:04:05My Last Wish.
From: Mr's Jane Smith Add to Contacts
Dear beloved one in christ,
I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and I instructed the doctor here in this
hospital to help me email you and I believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before I will die.
I am Mrs Jane Smith from Netherland, I am 68 years old, I am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast.From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage. I was brought up in a motherless babys home, and was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.
My husband and I are true Christians,we lived all day in Abidjan, Ivory coast, since he was working here as a contractor, but quite unfortunately,he died in a fatal motor accident.Since his death I decided not to re-marry and because of my bad state of health,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $12.8million dollars with a bank in United States New York.
Presently, this money is still in the BANK, and the management just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment.I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.
It is my last wish to see that this money is invested in any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless baby's home where I come from.I want your good humanitarian,to also use t his money to fund churches, orphanages andwidows around.
I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option. I hopeyou will
help see my last wishes come true.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in United States New York. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank,
which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hope to hear from you soonest.
I await your reply on this my beloved.
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Jane Smith.
Adam Montera on May 06, 2010:
Is there an insurance fee for FEdex?
joelmutuku on November 17, 2009:
sOME SCUMMER WAS TRIYING TO GET SOME MONEY FROM MY MUM. i ADVICED HER NOT TO SEND HIM MONEY. tHE MAN CLAIMS TO BE A BANK MANAGER OF BICICI BANK IN COTEDVOIRE.KINDLY INVESTIGATE THIS SCUM THE MAN IS MR KOFI ANGE. pLEASE ADVICE SO THAT WE DON'T LAND IN THE SAME PROBLEM NEXT TIME. THE SCUM IS ABOT INHERITANCE AND THEY NEED 350 DOLLARS TO RELEASE 125, 000 MILLION TO HER ACCOUNT.PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND FIND OUT AS THE SCAMMER IS STILL WAITING FOR THE MONEY TO BE SENT.