Internet Goodie #6 – A widow in Nigeria …

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3 thoughts on “Internet Goodie #6 – A widow in Nigeria …

  1. Marge, I got one this morning though it wasn’t from Nigeria – well, at least it didn’t look like the ones I’ve gotten in the past from there.

    Last week, I got an offer of a movie ticket – a gift from someone I know. I thought it was legitimate. It’s something that person would do. For some reason, as soon as I received it, instead of clicking the link, I forwarded the email to her and thanked her for my gift. I didn’t hear from her but forgot about the gift. Then I got another email reminding me to pick up my ticket. Thank goodness I didn’t click the link. It was a scam!
    I can’t remember the name of the company and it looks like I’ve deleted the email.
    Thanks for sharing this,
    Marcia

    • I learned that when I catch a scam in progress, I always write back to the person and let them know what’s happening. Last week, I received emails from 2 different people with links in the message. I immediately replied to the sender telling them their account has been hijacked. Everyone in their contact list received the email — except for them! This happens quite often in Yahoo I’ve noticed. Thanks for sharing your story and for NOT clicking on the link!

  2. You’re welcome, Marge. I almost never click links. I cut and paste them in my browser.
    Like you, I also alert anyone whose email has been hijacked as well — it’s the only way they know. I’ve also had friends whose Facebook account’s been hijacked. Not sure how they even do that. For every honest person, there are probably 10 or more dishonest ones. And on the internet, they can be anonymous and they could be anywhere in the world.

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