Beware of the Nigerian Baby Adoption 419 Scam
April 17, 2014
Persons who are interesting in adopting a baby should beware of the Nigerian Baby Adoption 419 scam. This scam, one of the many Nigerian 419 scams, is used by cyber-criminals to trick persons who are interested in adopting a baby, into sending money. 419 scams are a type of fraud and one of the most common types, used to trick persons into sending money by gaining their trust.
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Here are two of the Nigerian Baby Adoption 419 Scam Email Messages
I know a single birth mother who's pregnancy was unplanned and now she has a baby girl. The baby is just 3 days old.
The birth mother feels her baby will be best with a living, caring, kind, and accepting adoptive family, couple or single parent of any race.
During her pregnancy she had used no drugs, cigarette or alcohol. She is still in the hospital due to lung disease.
If anyone is interested, kindly contact me by email. Here name is Kate and I'm her Attorney.
From: "Mrs. Yetunde Owolabi"
Subject: CHILD FOR ADOPTION.
My name is Mrs Yetunde Owolabi from Republic of Benin, I gave birth to triplets, 3 babies at a time. After the death my husband by auto car accident, I have 8 children birth of triplets in addition to the 5 already from God so I 've decided to give out the triplets for adoption. If you are interested reply back for more details.
Please bear this in mind, the babies are not for sale but you will only pay for the adoption fees.
Mrs. Yetunde Owolabi
The Scammers Fake Baby Adoption Consent Application Form
The Scammers Email Response
If the victim responds to the email message, this is the response they will get:
In reference to your previous email.
Note: Kate's insurance are taking care of all her medical and hospital expenses for this reason. The Court will only require the adoptive parents to pay the Court Order Preparation and Document Fee of $2,500.00.
The process will take approximately 15 days or less to finalize depending on the Court. All paper work will be completed in Virginia where the Birth Mother and Child are located. I will send you all Court documents to sign and return immediately the process is complete. Then you can have full custody of the Child.
You are require to make payment directly to my office. Payment will be received and confirmed by my financial representative. Kindly find information below. You are require to make payment through Western Union Money Transfer and kindly email me payment receipts immediately after payment. You are require to make two payments, one payment should be $1.500.00 and the other should be $1 .000.00). Kindly email me both receipts or information immediately after payment. I need more information. Pictures of you and your family for the Birth Mother to review. She will be pleased to finally have a family willing to adopt her child.
Manassas. VA 201 10-5069
I will be waiting for payment receipts. Pictures and more information of you and your family to begin the process.
Surprisingly, the payee address in the scammer’s response is a legitimate Adoption and Family Law attorney, who has absolutely no connection to this scam. With a legitimate payee address, the victims would be more convinced that they are not being scammed and sent their money, because the payee address is belongs to an American Attorney.
Never send money to someone who asks you to do so via email, especially to anyone of the money transfer services below:
- Western Union Money Transfer
Once you have sent your money via these money transfer services, you will not be able to recover it.
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