Similar to the Spanish prisoner scam where the scamster promises to share his fortunes with the victim in exchange for money to bribe the prison guards, the Nigerian 419 has fully come into its own thanks to the availability of email.
You might find their reasons actually check out and send them the money but in all likelihood, you have been scammed of your money.
Variations of these include them needing surgery they can’t afford, treatment for their son’s brain tumor or you may even get a call from someone pretending to be a doctor telling you your partner has been in a serious accident and you need to send money so they can start treatment.
Sometimes, the scams are long and stretched out with the scammers attempting to get as much money out of you as possible by cooking up a variety of medical complications.
This breed of scams has been around for a very long time and is known as the advance fee fraud.
It has various names such as the Nigerian 419, Nigerian money offer, the Spanish prisoner etc.