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Avoiding the Nigerian Email Scam

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -  If you have an email account you've probably received a message saying, millions of dollars are yours if you help someone in Nigeria move their fortune into the United States. As odd as it sounds people are still falling for this scam.

What's come to be known as the Nigerian scam comes in many different forms. But no matter how they disguise the hook. They always ask you to send them money first, and they never hold up on their end of the bargain.

The scam is even catching attention from Dateline NBC. They're traveling the globe to confront the con-artists swindling Americans out of their money.  

The first way you can avoid becoming a victim yourself is to stop looking for a quick fix.

"I think people want to trust.  They want to believe, and everybody's looking for that magic pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well, it isn't coming from Nigeria," said Jan Quintrall, Better Business Bureau.    

Here are the top three indicators the email your reading is the Nigerian scam.

They always want money from you.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

And for whatever reason they can't spell very well or often use broken english.