Unit 4: Option 2


A classic scam that students could investigate is the Nigerian Prince scam, where you receive an email saying that the Prince needs to move a large sum of money that is tied up. If you pay the fees to release it they will reward you handsomely for your help.

Poor spelling, bad grammar, unprofessional layout and design of the email are common with these kinds of emails. Something that I’ve heard about these scams that was not mentioned in the unit however is that these features are intentional. They’re designed to filter out people who are aware of these scams or more critical, so that the only people who contact the scammers are more likely to fall for and go through with the scam.

Here’s a fake scam email I’ve created.

Dear Sir or Madam

We ar writing to let you know that a distant relative of yours has passed away and has left you an inheratnce of $429,200. To receive your funds you must follow the provided link and enter your detail.

tinyurl.com.345sd

If you don not respond soon the funds may be claimed by another relative.

Regards

Lawyers from LegitTrusts 🙂

 

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