Victims refused to believe they’ve been duped in Nigerian scam, police say

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Victims refused to believe they've been duped in Nigerian scam, police say

Police have issued yet another warning about a Nigerian scam targeting seniors in Burnaby, Surrey and Langley.

Investigators say part of the problem is victims are refusing to believe they’ve been fooled.

This type of fraud, dating back to 1999, usually involves targets being instructed to pay fees in return for promised dividends worth millions at a later date.

Police say the 88-year-old widow of a man who died seven years ago is a recent victim. She thought she’d actually been contacted by a former Nigerian minister of justice.

She’s now lost most of her money. “The senior reached out to her friends and associates to help her pay the fees. She believes one day, she will share the proceeds with them,” police say.

Burnaby RCMP have recently identified six victims.

If you think you’ve been duped, contact the Burnaby RCMP Economic Crime Unit at 604-294-7922 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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