I received an e-mail the other day from someone who I thought was going to turn out to be a really trustworthy, wonderful friend (this person found my e-mail address at a forum that I visit often). By the time we exchanged our third e-mail however, things started to get a bit weird...this person, who was supposedly a christian woman in her early twenties residing in a refugee camp in dakar, senegal apparently needed help transfering her late fathers money into my account so that she could get her traveling documents and continue her studies in America. She wanted me to call her so that she could give me more detail, but that's when I said hold up, this person seems to have something up their sleeves.
I decided to do a little research online and this is what I came up with. Apparently, it was
a scam like I had thought. If you go to http://www.worldwidespam.info/email-sca ... ar-senegal
, you'll read more or less the same e-mail that I got. The most notable differences were the name (my e-mails were from "Victoria Pete"), and the amounts (the amount mentioned in my e-mail was a lot higher). Notice how at the bottom of the e-mail she talks about her mother and at the top she says she doesn't have any relatives (my e-mails were a bit more consistent, less contradictory).
Anyhow, I think what bothers me the most about this is that I almost got sucked into it and that I feel like I was talking to the devil himself. It creeps me out to have come into contact with someone who had really evil intentions...it really sickens me. At the same time I'm terribly disappointed, I thought I had found a good friend
I decided to post this to share my experience with you guys...just in case. I wouldn't want anyone to go through a similar experience or to get caught up in this dangerous situation.
also has some useful information on e-mail scams.
I wanted to add in case you were wondering how she got the money, she is supposedly from liberia and her father was a chairmain for a big company called Andrews Industrial Ltd, in Monrovia and he was also the adviser for the head of the state in her country before the rebels killed her parents (due to the civil war that took place).