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[INFO] Nigerian 419 scams

Nowadays, we come across various types of fraud messages very frequently. Many of these E-mail scams fall in to a category popularly known as Nigerian 419 scams. These e-mails generally carry tempting 'too-good-to-be-true' offers. Many have been deceived by such messages into parting with their money. These type of advance-fee fraud messages persuade the targeted persons to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significantly larger gain.

The Nigerian 419 scams are also called 419 fraud, Nigerian Letter, Nigerian scam, Nigerian bank scam, or Nigerian money offer. Nigerian Scams are one of the most common types of fraudulent email currently in circulation. They can also arrive via fax, letter (Snail mail), SMS or even through phone calls.

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Every day many fall victims to such fraud offers, not knowing that there are different rules & regulations to prevent such unauthorized money transfers. In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has prohibited all remittances for such schemes under Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

The following points will help to keep such fraudsters at bay.

    * Do not be tempted by these 'too-good-to-be-true' offers.

    * Ignore e-mails with unbelievable offers.
    * Never deposit money in an unknown person's account.
    * If you come across such an e-mail/message, forward/report it to antiphishing cell/cyber crime cell or any such agencies concerned.

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