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It looks like $45 million is sitting in this new bank account, but it's just part of an elaborate Nigerian scam.
April 17 ‚ÄĒ They‚Äôre certainly persistent. Another flavor of the well-known Nigerian scam has popped up, this one even more elaborate than the familiar e-mail solicitation. The scam appears to target former recipients who were initially drawn in by an e-mail offer, but abandoned the scheme half-way through. To ease potential victims‚Äô fears, scam artists have set up a fake online bank, and even deposited funds into a bogus account there. One pair of victims has reportedly lost $100,000 to such a fake bank scam. And now, thanks to a private citizen who did a little sleuthing of his own, here‚Äôs a chance to see it in action.
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, ‚ÄúBill‚ÄĚ played out the con with e-mail suitors who offered him a percentage of $45 million for helping move it out of Nigeria. Bill cut communications with the solicitors, as many potential victims do, when they requested some up-front payment. He forwarded all...