I can happily report that someone has tried to scam me. It’s actually pretty entertaining. Here are copies of the two emails I received from “her”. Australia’s education system really needs to focus more on grammar!

Hi,

How are you doing? Am writing you in regards to your advert and i’m interested in your room apartment.. Am from Australia and i will be having some seminars coming up soon in US. Right now, am working for a Non Government Organization on a program on children with orphans and heart related probs.My next program/seminars will be in US and I will need a room to stay for these seminars, so I want to secure a room before my arrival to the states. I can’t wait to arrive to US cause I’ve heard a lot about US.Pls do get back to me with the room description,move-in and move out date, move-in rent fees for the first month,Utilities and deposit if included. And if any picture of the room is available, kindly attach it with your reply please.Hope to read from you. Have a wonderful and productive day.

Thanks…
Honey.

Hi,

Thanks for the response to my introductory mail,i will like you to know the full information about me. I was born and razed in Australia,i am quiet and easy going person to live with. I’m 26 years of age, I am extremely clean,quiet and respectful, I am a sensitive, intelligent, patient and caring person, have a good sense of humor and am easy to get on with. I am a faithful and committed person, who is very considerate of other people’s feelings. I don’t drug, I don’t smoke and i don’t drink.. I enjoy going out with my friends to movies, plays, parks, hikes, anything to do with the ocean and horses but i’m cool living with people.I really do appreciate the breakdown details of the room.I must confess i’m comfortable with the cost of the room and its quite reasonable and affordable . I will like to make the payment for the first month ahead of my arrival, and then i will make subsequent payment thereafter as i plan to stay for 12months,’ve told my boss about this and he promised to make sure that he will meet up with the payment so that I can depart from here as scheduled.He also said I will have the advantage to make payment for deposit .I should arrive to US on or before the 20th of October, so pls keep room for me till my arrival.He also said my mode of payment will be the Most acceptable,safer and reliable means of payment which is United state certified money order,so get back to me with your name and address so that i can send you the payment as early as possible.

Kindest Regards,
Honey.


2 Responses to “The Nigerians love me”  

  1. 1 Valère

    Hi!

    I toob have received this email about an apartment. Because I did not have any answers to certain questions, I googled “Non Government Organization on a program on children with orphans and heart related probs” and had a direct hit with your site. Ì’d very much appreciate if you could tell me what kind of a scam it is. It sure siounds fishy and I already turned many other applicants for the flat I was renting. Should I be worried because I gave my street address? I would love to have your imput on this matter wich sure looks fishy…

    Many thanks in advance,

    Valère

  2. 2 jpezzetti

    The response I sent to Valère:

    You don’t have to be worried about giving them your address. If it’s like most of these scams, they’ll try to send you a money order in advance, probably for more than you’re asking for. It will look legit, but do not try to cash it. I don’t know exactly how it works, but if you don’t do that you’ll be fine.

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