Country code 234 is the international telephone dialing country code for the African country of Nigeria. If you have recently received an email that includes a phone number with the country code 234, it is most likely a scam. The very best thing to do is delete the email. The email may seem professional or alluring. However, it is a scam, and you should not fall prey to it.
These email scams are growing in popularity. However, they are not new. Scams like these have been in existence since the 1920s, and they have always changed to embrace new forms of technology like email.
Basically, a scam artist in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, or Sierra Leone sends a mass email to a large mailing list. In the body of the email, they beg the recipient for help. They may claim to be a government official, a member of a royal family, or an important bank employee. They say that they are stuck in an embarrassing financial or legal problem.
Then, they say that if you can help them out of the problem that they will give you a lot of money. Sometimes, they will ask for your money upfront. Other times, they will involve you in an elaborate scam where they may ask you to call them on a phone number with the country code 234. Then, they will convince you that you need to send a little money. Then, they will claim that they are having more problems. They may even say that they need money to bribe a government official. They will continue to ask you for money until you have none left. While they are virtually draining your bank account, they will continuously promise you that they will repay you and give you much more money when the time comes. Obviously, this will never happen.
Many of these email scams with the country code 234 arrive in your email inbox as SPAM. However, the scam does take other forms. Sometimes, these scam artists hack into someones personal email account. Pretending to be the owner of the email account, they will send a plea to everyone in the address book. The plea will say that the person was traveling in Africa or Europe. It will claim that they were robbed, and that they cannot get to the bank for a couple of days to sort out their missing money. Then, they will ask you to wire them some money. Regardless of how impassioned these pleas sound, you should try not to fall for them. If your old Aunt Nancy was really in Africa, she probably would have told you before she left. You should call her to let her know that her email account was hacked. If your old boss was really stranded, he probably would not contact you for money. You need to be aware of these frauds even if they come from an email address that you know and trust.
Many people also link their country code 234 scams to Craigslist ads. If you are trying to find a house to rent on a site like Craigslist, you will probably email several prospective landlords. Most of these people will be legitimate. However, you may get a few emails back that are scams. The scam emails usually claim that the owner of the property had to move to Nigeria to work as a missionary. He will then tell you that he did not have anyone in the United States that he could leave his keys with. In order to make the scam appear real, he will tell you how it is so important that you take good care of his house and that he is only willing to rent to the most responsible tenants. Then, he will ask you to wire him the money for the damage deposit and the first months rent. After he receives those funds, he claims that he will send you the key.
There are many internet scams, and they can trick even the smartest people. However, there are a few ways to avoid falling into one of these scams. First of all, you should never give money to anyone unless you receive a contract, a receipt, or a product. You should certainly never send money to anyone abroad. If your old aunt has emailed you asking for money, you should tell her to borrow a few coins and call you. Until you actually hear her voice, you can assume that it is a scam. The country code 234 scams are not going away. Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to legally stop them. Therefore, in the meantime, you just need to be aware of them and tell your friends how to avoid them.
Here is an example of an email scam that was received that has a +234 Nigeria country code telephone number in it.
From: “ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC)”<email@example.com>
Subject: Email and Call Mr. Paul Nelson (EFCC Recovery Fund Unit)
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:36:42 +0200
ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
(EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT,
I am Mrs. Farida Waziri the chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC). EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) with head Office here in Nigeria. We have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United States Government and the United Nations.
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria.
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe.
This email is being directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria and with the information gardered from this Scam artist, we notice that you have been scammed of so much money and have decided to complensate you you with a little token to recover the lost of your fund. You are therefore being compensated with the total sum $2.5 Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who claim that they are barristers, bank officials, Lottery Agents who has money for transfer or
want you to be the next of kin of such funds which does not exist.
Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of US$2.5 Million, we have made arrangement to register an Online Banking through our Global Bank, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account Fund, to transfer your fund personally to your Private Bank Account with no complication of things or questioning as the Account will be fully registered in your Name.
Feel free to contact the processing officer Mr. PAUL NELSON. The online Banking Processing is made much easier for you to transfer your fund to your private Bank Account personally, to avoid any delay or complication of things. With this Online Banking Transfer Processing, you can only transfer the Maximum Amount of US$500.000.00 daily/instalmentally until the total amount of your Compensated/deposited fund is transfered and
completely paid to you.
So you are advice to contact, processing officer MR. PAUL NELSON with your provided information’s required for verification below.
CONTACT PERSON: MR. PAUL NELSON.
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT TELEPHONE: +234-7037133389.
Provide the information bellow to enable the processing of your Online Banking Account for deposition of your total compensated fund.
1)YOUR FULL NAME.
3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Contact Mr. Paul Nelson with the information required for verification to enable him start the processing of your Online Banking Account Registration.
We guarantee your safety and wish you the best of luck.
Mrs. Farida Waziri
CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
(EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT, NIGERIA PLC,
This is a typical advance-fee scam. An advance-fee scam is a scam where the target is offered a large sum of money as a prize or as supposed compensation. The scammers ask the target for fees so that they can receive their prize but in reality there is no prize… what happens is that the scammer gives various reasons for more and more fees until the target runs out of money or figures out that it is a scam.