When a Nigerian prince’s estate emails you to tell you that he left you money in his will, or a person you don’t even know says that you just need to send her a few hundred dollars so that she can cover her cost to send you thousands…you may want to take a long hard look at yourself. Ask yourself, “Is it likely that I am related to a Nigerian prince?” or “Have I had any Nigerian dealings lately?” Maybe you have traveled to Nigeria? If your answer is no, there is no money. And if anyone ever…EVER asks you to send money for whatever the cause, please don’t ever fall prey to that one.
When it comes to emails, you have to be very careful. There are too many scams out there to count, so it’s a good idea if you live by the old adage that says, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.” There are even scammers out there who steal your contacts and send you emails from them. It may be an email from your Aunt Rosie who says she went on vacation, ran into some terrible trouble and just needs some bus fare home. “You will help won’t you? Love you.” NO! That sure as heck ain’t Aunt Rosie!
There are people out there who are bent on taking advantage of others. It’s sad, but true, and the Internet is a vehicle that unfortunately takes preying upon people to an entirely new level. Just be careful, and remember, you don’t get something for nothin’!