See What a Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like – Don’t be Fooled! (With Photo)

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Nigerian Facebook scam – A former university colleague (“Evan” passed along this Facebook conversation, which he promises really happened to him. In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend’s accounts (“Calvin”, pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.

We’ve asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are — one made the rounds last November — and what they do about them. (Update: Facebook response below.) In the meantime, a friendly reminder to be skeptical on the Internet, even when you think you’re talking to someone you’ve known for years.

Calvin: hey

Evan: holy moly. what’s up man?

Calvin: i need your help urgently

Evan: yes sir

Calvin: am stuck here in london

Evan: stuck?

Calvin: yes i came here for a vacation
Calvin: on my process coming back home i was robbed inside the hotel i loged in

Evan: ok so what do you need

Calvin: can you loan me $900 to get a return ticket back home and pay my hotel bills

Evan: i think so. that really sucks

Calvin: can you loam me now

Evan: well maybe i don’t know that’s a lot of $

Calvin: how can you loan me?

Evan: what do you want me to do

Calvin: i want you to loan me $900
Calvin: i promise i pay you back

Evan: how do you want me to loan it to you?

Calvin: you can have the money send via western union

Evan: oh yeah that’s true

Calvin: will you go and send it now

Evan: well i don’t know

Calvin: you can have it send online now www.westernunion.com

Evan: damn how did you get stuck there

Calvin: i came here for a vacation and i was robbed by some gang

Evan: ok well i want to help you, since we’re friends

Calvin: ok. Thanks

Evan: sure thing man
Evan: ok one question

Calvin: are you sending it now?

Evan: what was the name of our high school mascot?
Evan: hello?
Evan: cal?

Calvin: Shawnee Mission Northwest High ’01

Evan: what? i know

Calvin: it seems you dont to help

Evan: what of course i do want to help

Calvin: am in a hot sits here and you asking me silly question

Evan: what is hot sits

Calvin: am dead here

Evan: i hope you die there
YOU HACKER
good luck finding someone silly
bye now

(a few minutes later)

Evan: oh wait. i just realized what an idiot you are and its actually kind of funny

Calvin: are you not dead

Evan: who taught you english?

Calvin: my sister#

Evan: your english is bad
it does not sound like the english of someone from the us
so no one will believe you

Calvin: how can you teach me

Evan: ok i will. but you have to send me $900.

Calvin: they dont send western union here
we only receive

Evan: what country are you in?

Calvin: nigeria

Evan: i have bad news for you
many americans know about nigerians sending emails to this country to try to get money

Calvin: yes

Evan: it is a trick that we know about so we are very careful

Calvin: eeeeeeeeeeeeh

Evan: you will not find a silly person to send you money

Calvin: i have got some

Evan: well good job
Evan: do you live in lagos or in another city?

Calvin: Lagos
how did you got to know

Evan: i am a student of the world
i would like to travel to lagos

Calvin: lagos is a place to be
to visit
so full of enjoyment
so when are you coming

Evan: why do you steal money from people?

Calvin: i need money for my college fees
but i wanna stop
i promise i will stop
but you people slave us
during the 60s

Evan: we did not have slaves in the 60s

Calvin: but you about the slave trade

Evan: yes that is true
but slaves have been illegal here for almost 150 years

Calvin: i can see that you ae a law student
why can’t you become a lawyer

Evan: i will be a lawyer in 2 years when i finish school

Calvin: ok

Evan: how old are you?

Calvin: 27
i need work
i eed a god job

Evan: there are many nigerians in america
do you know anyone who has gone to another country?

Calvin: i know there many nigerian that is in america
i want to come to america
to complte my education

Evan: maybe i will visit someday
i hope you don’t steal any more money
good luck finding a job

Calvin: sure…. you will love it

Evan: what is your name?

Calvin: tunde

Evan: i must go tunde
be well my friend

Calvin: cant we be friend
can you add me on your facebook friends

Evan: i am sorry, but due to the odd circumstances of our initial greeting, i must terminate this relationship. i hope you understand.

Calvin: am sorry for that evan

Evan: as am i, tunde
as am i

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is an Associate at MediaHoarders. Communication Manager & Social Media Strategist with a keen interest in writing. Jeffery is a huge fan of the Black Panther fictional character. He is currently at crossroads when it concerns his interests in Hip-Hop & Rock music. e-mail: [email protected]

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