Foreign money offers
- Email and text
Also known as inheritance scams and fake business proposals.
A scammer contacts you asking for help to transfer a large sum of money from one country to another. The requests often appear to come from a lawyer or legal entity.
These requests can include:
- fake inheritance letters
- fake business proposals such as an investment
- requests for help with an illegal activity (e.g., smuggling gold out of Iraq)
They advise you that you need to pay one or more fees before the money can be released. However, the money doesn't exist and you never receive anything.
These scams are sometimes referred to as Nigerian, 419 or West African fraud.
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