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Man Loses $150,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scammer

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. We apologize if that comes across as cynical -- we just want you to think twice next time someone calls and offers you gobs of money for no apparent reason.

Take the sad case of John Rempel of Leamington, England. The man literally gave away his entire savings (along with most of his family's) to a person claiming that Rempel had been left $12.8 million by a complete stranger who shared his last name. All Rempel had to do to inherit the fortune was :
  • Pay $2,500 to have the money transferred into his name.
  • Pay $25,000 in taxes on the money he hadn't actually seen yet.
  • Open a new bank account in London for $5,000
  • Fly to London and hand over $10,000 more dollars to people he didn't know.

The story ends with Rempel and his family in a New York Airport searching for the people who were supposed to have their money. They never found them.

We don't mean to harp on John Rempel, but please... Don't give anyone money upfront. If anyone ever asks you for money and says it's your lucky day, it probably isn't. Stay skeptical! [From: WindsorStar]

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