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New E-mail Scam Similar to Nigerian Scam

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Posted: December 11, 2007 6:35 p.m.

UNITED STATES--The "Nigerian" scam alleged people could get rich if they help someone from Nigeria move their money into the United States. The scam even generated national exposure from Dateline NBC.

The new scam is an "Iraqi plea for funds and assistance." In the e-mail, the person writes they want to invest and buy property in America and need your help. Aside from requesting money, the scammer wants you to send an e-mail with your phone number.

"Don't open it," recommends Norma Miller, Better Business Bureau. Just delete it. We get so many from consumers saying is this for real and they're not. They're trying to scam you out of your money."

Miller also says many of these e-mail scams are written very poorly. So be aware of noticeable grammar mistakes and unusual sentence structure.