Internet Fraud Scams
The most common and perhaps well known internet fraud scams are the ones that promise money from a Nigerian source.
These scams use greed to convince the recipient of the letter that they can have a percentage of many millions if they help to defray the costs of getting the money out of the safety deposit vault, wherever that may be located, and then out of country.
Often the line is that the money is housed in a secure facility in a large trunk and once the fees are paid it will be released. They claim that the money cannot be used to pay the fees for fear it will be stolen. They will begin by getting small sums out of the person to try not to scare them off.
Most of the time the people involved in these scams will try their best to make it all seem that everything they claim is real. They will set up websites with fake banks that come with phone and fax numbers to make them appear real.
They will send correspondence on fake letterhead to make it appear that the bank or storage facility where the money resides is genuine. Then money will be requested. It will likely be a small amount, maybe a few thousand to start, but it will not stop there.
Even once the victim stops paying, the swindlers will use the personal information they have gleaned and attempt to empty bank accounts, run up credit card balances, and generally steal whatever assets they can get their hands on.
The thieves who work these Nigerian internet fraud scams have stolen millions from unsuspecting people who think that they have been specially chosen to help move money that in reality does not exist.