Eli5: Nigerian prince

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Scammers always uses these scams, why did they choose this one over other ones ore more subtle ones?

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Answer: this is part of the plan. They want it to be obvious and badly written because they want to filter to the most gullible people possible. They are they target. If they made it subtle, they would waste time with people that at some point could notice that it was a scam.

They’re changing. I received a junk email from the “FBI’ telling me that Customs has a package addressed to me with 4 million dollars. If I don’t contact them soon with my personal info, the IRS will arrest me for tax evasion. So I’m in a real pickle.

That one is kind of the grand daddy of all email scams so everyone kind of uses that as a catch all for any of them. Most do seem silly but I have seen a few that had me double check just to be sure. If something just don’t sound right but you are not sure ALWAYS go to that organizations website (bank, police, etc) and use that number or email address to verify. NEVER click on any links or use any addresses listed in those emails. If you get a threatening call telling you a warrant is out for your arrest think, when is the last time you have heard of the police calling someone to inform them that they are wanted? They will either come to your door and get you or you might be served with a summons. No matter which you can’t pay your way out of it with a Walmart Gift Card.

It’s just a name for a scam where someone tries to get another person to send them money with promises of more money. It sounds vaguely true. Like the International Lottery.

Edit: also most Americans don’t know shit about Africa. The scam brings in a lot of money to Nigeria, so it’s like how we link cocaine to Columbia.