Have you or a loved one ever donated money to a Nigerian prince? I hope you haven’t, but there’s a good chance someone you’ve known has fallen into one of these scams before. Here’s an example, per Gizmodo:
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.
Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.
Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 percent of the transferred sum, while 10 percent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 percent to other accounts in due course.
Today’s latest scam comes from Sunny Co. Clothing, whose latest post on Instagram is going viral among gullible college girls:
Sharing is Caring 💕 EVERYONE that reposts and tags us in this picture within the next 24 HOURS will receive a FREE Pamela Sunny Suit 👙👏🏻 Offer only valid in 🇺🇸 Promo ends 5/3/17 @ 3pm MST *Must pay shipping+handling 💸 This promotion is sponsored by @twazerapp After 24 hr. everyone who reposted and tagged us will be receiving a code and they will be able to use it on our website for the free check out 💕 xoxo, Sunny Team
How the fuck do people still buy into this shit? The latest Instagram trend has been selling “free” watches (which are really just promo watches) and accessories on the condition that customers pay shipping. But these shady ass companies just charge people $20 shipping and all of a sudden it’s like these idiots want to throw their life’s savings out there.
And can we talk risk vs. reward for a second? Best case scenario, you pay a million dollars on shipping and save some money on a bathing suit that would’ve originally cost SIXTY-FIVE FUCKING DOLLARS. Rip-off if I’ve ever seen one. But even in that scenario, you now become one of the THOUSANDS of college girls who will be sporting this red one-piece on the beach, and you’ll be looking like a fool for doing it.
Fuck college girls, man. But even more so, fuck this Sunny Swim Co. or whatever the fuck they call themselves.