Nigerian scam

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Commonly originate from Nigeria, although the country of origin is often spoofed.

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Nigerian scam (plural Nigerian scams)

  1. (Internet) An attempt to defraud by sending out large amounts of emails stating that the recipient has inherited a vast fortune, but will need to supply banking account details, or to send payment for fees, before the inheritance can be passed on.

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Contrary to popular opinion, this scam is not new and has been used for almost eighty years, previously using postal mail.