Nigerian scam

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The scam messages usually claim to originate from Nigeria, though this is often a spoof.

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Nigerian scam (plural Nigerian scams)

  1. (Internet) An attempt to defraud by sending out large numbers of emails, each stating that the recipient is entitled to receive a large amount of money, but will need to supply banking account details, or to send payment for fees, before the payment can be passed on.

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