Scammers revert to email in lieu of newspaper ads

Having been unsuccessful in placing an ad for cut-rate cell telephones in A.M. Costa Rica and associated titles, Nigerian marketers have turned to direct email.

And overnight they have become more sophisticated. Their emails are being sent through a notorious U.S. Internet server to avoid showing that they are located in Lagos.

They still are using a special type of British cell telephone that transfers the incoming call to other countries.

In addition, they have renamed their firm Apple Company because they are offering a number of Apple products.

“Customers never experience what is called Breach of contract since our operation, Fidelity guarantee our service,our product are 100% international waranty and guarantee,” says the email.

The prices are attractive. The email offers an Apple iPhone 4 with 16 gigabytes of memory for $350. That’s less than half of the same device on Other prices are similar.

They still have a ways to go. Other scammers have created fake Web sites to promote their legitimacy. One such site even cautions against sending money via Western Union or MoneyGram. Instead, it provides what is described as a trust service to protect buyers and uses a British bank account.

There also are seemingly unrelated sites that attest to the legitimacy of the fake Web site.

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