274 votes

Why do Nigerian email scammers openly say they are from Nigeria?

They say "Nigerian" because the savvy ones ignore it. So any answers must be from lower risk victims who are more likely to send the money.
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

It's a scam. It's called a money mule. Typically the way this will work is that the scammers will make a fraudulent money transfer into your friend's account. Your friend will convert the funds into ...
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A friend asks me all the time to pick up money for her (Western Union, Moneygram)

I think it is likely that your “friend” is doing something illegal, and that she is putting these payments in your name to avoid getting caught. You may be being used as an unwitting money mule. I ...
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Is this person doing illegal money transfers?

She is laundering money for criminals, either knowingly or unknowingly. There are lots of ways to make a fraudulent money transfer from an account one does not own. Stolen credit card numbers, direct ...
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

Absolutely a scam 100% chance. This is one of the most common scams out there. Here's how you will get ripped off. They send you a check which will deposit in your account Seeing the deposit went ...
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88 votes

Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

It’s a money-laundering scam, and your friend is likely to get into serious trouble, and possibly lose a lot of money, if he takes part.
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I am in a sugar daddy scam and he is threatening me because I want out. What do I do?

I'm not an attorney, for proper legal advice and evaluation of your situation and risks you're exposed to you should talk to an attorney. I'm sure there's a legal aid or free public defender legal ...
littleadv's user avatar
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71 votes

I am in a sugar daddy scam and he is threatening me because I want out. What do I do?

You have not been in a sugardaddy relationship. You've been a money mule assisting in laundering money. First of all, this means he's a criminal. He won't call the cops on you, because that's ...
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

Yes, it’s a scam. There are red flags all over it. Ask yourself whether you really think a huge multinational like Nissan would work in this way.
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Is this person doing illegal money transfers?

What is she actually doing? Is it illegal? She is running some kind of scam and it is illegal. Quite often these are fronts. Generally people get suspicious if they haven't seen anyone. So you social ...
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Why do Nigerian email scammers openly say they are from Nigeria?

There are different types of scams. If you browse through the scam tags, you will find some very sophisticated scams that have quite a bit of hardware as well as people. In the Nigerian scam, they ...
Dheer's user avatar
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A friend asks me all the time to pick up money for her (Western Union, Moneygram)

So just to be clear, she gets so many of these ~$500 transactions she can't even make the time to show up and collect them all? Yet, she still holds down a day job cutting hair? You are on here ...
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53 votes

Why do NFTs have value?

An NFT has no fundamental value. Its selling price is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It reminds me of Tulipmania where something worth next to nothing suddenly sells for a fortune....
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

I contacted a lawyer, told to talk to Dept of Labor, DOL said they will not get involved that this is between my and my employer. Advise? What employer? You are 100% not employed by Nissan Motors.......
quid's user avatar
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Why do Nigerian email scammers openly say they are from Nigeria?

Scammers appear intentionally bad at their first contact in order to weed out people who are too smart. Sending mass spam emails to random addresses is cheap. But interacting with someone who replies ...
Philipp's user avatar
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

Your friend should go to a lawyer. The lawyer can then make a deal with the government where your friend testifies as to the activities. Your friend may be asked to communicate with his "employer" ...
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I am in a sugar daddy scam and he is threatening me because I want out. What do I do?

You need to either go to your nearest police department or contact the FBI office in the city where you live. Choose whichever is closer or easier to get to. If you are worried about getting the run-...
Ellie Kesselman's user avatar
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Is this person doing illegal money transfers?

She claimed that she makes money. When you wanted to make some too, she asked for your account credentials - which are only needed to take money away, never to give. The simplest explanation would be ...
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34 votes

I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

What bank account are you supposed to cash the check into? My guess is "yours", and that's a complete and utter proof of scam. There is absolutely and categorically no way that a reputable company ...
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Is this work legal? Someone promises payment for converting money transfers to Bitcoin

This is definitely a scam Most electronic fund transfers are reversible, whereas bitcoin transactions are final. Your friend will successfully receive the money and transfer it as bitcoin. When the ...
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28 votes

Why do Nigerian email scammers openly say they are from Nigeria?

Obligatory XKCD (CC BY-NC 2.5): The scammers are targeting those 10,000, as they're easier targets. Calling themselves Nigerian princes is a good way to focus on that audience. From a cost/payoff ...
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A stranger from Norway wants to have money delivered to me

The possibilities are endless. (The only thing that's not in doubt is that it's a scam, and if you're not in on designing it, you're an intended victim. Very often even if you think you're in on it). ...
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28 votes

Why do NFTs have value?

The idea behind NFTs as art is that they create a kind of scarcity for digital art that already exists and drives the value of physical art. The theory is that the reason high value art has such high ...
Daniel's user avatar
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I believe this to be fraud — hired, then asked to cash check and send cash as Bitcoin

It's not really Nissan. The bank will put a hold on all but $100 of the check amount. After a few days, they will release the money, conditional on you making the money good if the check later ...
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25 votes

Is this a money laundering scam?

Classic scam. The check will bounce and you will be out of 1650
Dheer's user avatar
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23 votes

A friend asks me all the time to pick up money for her (Western Union, Moneygram)

is this legal? No, in most places. You are likely participating in money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, or other sorts of crime. You are acting as a money mule. It is bad enough if you receive no ...
RedGrittyBrick's user avatar
21 votes

I am in a sugar daddy scam and he is threatening me because I want out. What do I do?

It's not profitable for such scammers to actually carry out those threats, because they are likely messaging hundreds of others at the same time, and their time is more valuable to them if they use it ...
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20 votes

Someone asked me to log in into their bank account

It's a scam. Ask yourself why someone you've never met would trust you with $19,000. Also, why the 'wi-fi' on the 'cruise ship' is good enough for him to send you emails or get checks written and ...
Michael Harvey's user avatar
19 votes

Is this person doing illegal money transfers?

This will end badly, the only question is how long it will take. Performing bank transfers is not difficult and there is no way a 3rd party would be paying her large sums of money to perform these ...
nvuono's user avatar
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18 votes

Scam — wire transfer recall not possible

It is true - your bank can do nothing You wired the money, then realized you'd been duped. It wasn't an unauthorized wire transfer. You authorized it. Things like and wire-transfers are designed so ...
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