Nigerian Facebook scam – A former university colleague (“Evan” passed along this Facebook conversation, which he promises really happened to him. In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend’s accounts (“Calvin”, pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.
We’ve asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are — one made the rounds last November — and what they do about them. (Update: Facebook response below.) In the meantime, a friendly reminder to be skeptical on the Internet, even when you think you’re talking to someone you’ve known for years.
Evan: holy moly. what’s up man?
Calvin: i need your help urgently
Evan: yes sir
Calvin: am stuck here in london
Calvin: yes i came here for a vacation
Calvin: on my process coming back home i was robbed inside the hotel i loged in
Evan: ok so what do you need
Calvin: can you loan me $900 to get a return ticket back home and pay my hotel bills
Evan: i think so. that really sucks
Calvin: can you loam me now
Evan: well maybe i don’t know that’s a lot of $
Calvin: how can you loan me?
Evan: what do you want me to do
Calvin: i want you to loan me $900
Calvin: i promise i pay you back
Evan: how do you want me to loan it to you?
Calvin: you can have the money send via western union
Evan: oh yeah that’s true
Calvin: will you go and send it now
Evan: well i don’t know
Calvin: you can have it send online now www.westernunion.com
Evan: damn how did you get stuck there
Calvin: i came here for a vacation and i was robbed by some gang
Evan: ok well i want to help you, since we’re friends
Calvin: ok. Thanks
Evan: sure thing man
Evan: ok one question
Calvin: are you sending it now?
Evan: what was the name of our high school mascot?
Calvin: Shawnee Mission Northwest High ’01
Evan: what? i know
Calvin: it seems you dont to help
Evan: what of course i do want to help
Calvin: am in a hot sits here and you asking me silly question
Evan: what is hot sits
Calvin: am dead here
Evan: i hope you die there
good luck finding someone silly
(a few minutes later)
Evan: oh wait. i just realized what an idiot you are and its actually kind of funny
Calvin: are you not dead
Evan: who taught you english?
Calvin: my sister#
Evan: your english is bad
it does not sound like the english of someone from the us
so no one will believe you
Calvin: how can you teach me
Evan: ok i will. but you have to send me $900.
Calvin: they dont send western union here
we only receive
Evan: what country are you in?
Evan: i have bad news for you
many americans know about nigerians sending emails to this country to try to get money
Evan: it is a trick that we know about so we are very careful
Evan: you will not find a silly person to send you money
Calvin: i have got some
Evan: well good job
Evan: do you live in lagos or in another city?
how did you got to know
Evan: i am a student of the world
i would like to travel to lagos
Calvin: lagos is a place to be
so full of enjoyment
so when are you coming
Evan: why do you steal money from people?
Calvin: i need money for my college fees
but i wanna stop
i promise i will stop
but you people slave us
during the 60s
Evan: we did not have slaves in the 60s
Calvin: but you about the slave trade
Evan: yes that is true
but slaves have been illegal here for almost 150 years
Calvin: i can see that you ae a law student
why can’t you become a lawyer
Evan: i will be a lawyer in 2 years when i finish school
Evan: how old are you?
i need work
i eed a god job
Evan: there are many nigerians in america
do you know anyone who has gone to another country?
Calvin: i know there many nigerian that is in america
i want to come to america
to complte my education
Evan: maybe i will visit someday
i hope you don’t steal any more money
good luck finding a job
Calvin: sure…. you will love it
Evan: what is your name?
Evan: i must go tunde
be well my friend
Calvin: cant we be friend
can you add me on your facebook friends
Evan: i am sorry, but due to the odd circumstances of our initial greeting, i must terminate this relationship. i hope you understand.
Calvin: am sorry for that evan
Evan: as am i, tunde
as am i