The letter scam, in most cases referred to as the Nigerian letter
, requests help to get money into the country via your bank account.
Recognizing the Scam
The requestor will ask for your personal information, including a financial account number and possibly your social security number to complete a transfer of funds into your account and for your assistance, you will receive a portion of the money transferred into the country.
Some con artists will offer to send a helpful courier to expedite the process. Please note that it does not only come in letter form, but the con artists have utilized the Internet and sent it as an email.