What isNigerian prince scam

The Nigerian Prince scam is a type of advance-fee fraud that involves spam messages promising large sums of money in exchange for personal banking information. The scam is also known as the 419 fraud and the Nigerian letter scam. The term ‘419’ refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code that deals with fraud.

The scam often involves emails or fax messages from someone claiming to be a Nigerian prince or government official. The message states that the victim has been selected to receive a large sum of money, usually millions of dollars, which has been illegally obtained. In exchange for the victim’s help, the sender promises to share part of the money with them. However, to receive the money, the victim must first provide their bank account information and pay a small upfront fee.

The Nigerian Prince scam has been around since the 1980s and has evolved over time. Although it’s easy to spot a scam when it promises large sums of money for little effort, some people still fall victim to these types of scams every year.


How can I protect myself from the Nigerian Prince Scam?

Be wary of unsolicited emails or messages from strangers offering large sums of money. Do not click on any links or disclose any personal information, especially banking details. Legitimate organizations will not ask for upfront fees to receive money.

What should I do if I receive a Nigerian Prince scam message?

Delete the message and do not respond. If you have already provided your banking details, contact your bank immediately.


Don’t fall victim to the Nigerian Prince scam. Be cautious of unsolicited emails or messages and avoid disclosing personal information or paying any upfront fees. Stay vigilant and protect yourself from online fraud.

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