The Spanish Prisoner, a scam dating back to 1588, is alive and well on the Internet.In its original form, the con artist tells the victim that he is in touch with an aristocrat who has been imprisoned in Spain under a false identity. 7) women send you nude pictures, you can bet they are stolen from porn sites 8) often, they propose you marriage or promise to marry you 9) they even send you “documents”: bad photoshopped passports and stuff 10) you are hooked, you are in love But… They become even more slick, and use satellites, cell-phones and proxies to hide their real IPs.
So, here is one more axiom, something you have to make a sticky note of and put on your refrigerator. What happens to all these people in Nigeria and Ghana? This is how things go: 1) they contact you, claiming to be from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Western Europe 2) their English sucks, though they claim to be the native English speakers and they say “am” instead of “I am” 3) they give you their email or Yahoo ID in the first 1-2 messages and want to get off-site and chat on messenger 4) they are widowers, their wives died in the horrible car or plane crashes, they raise “a kid” alone, or (if they are females) they are recovering from a bad relationship with a cheating ex. Whatever you are involved in with Nigeria or Ghana, is always scam and fraud.
There is NO treasures and gold, just you, your wallet and a scammer.
The victim is supposed chosen based on his reputation for honesty, which is very important since the con artist's share of the reward is to be distributed voluntarily by the victim.
A more recent variant of the Spanish Prisoner is the advance fee fraud.
This will continue until the mark is cleaned out and the game ends.
Key features of the Spanish Prisoner are the emphasis on secrecy and the trust that the victim will not reveal the prisoner's identity or situation.
This is the most widespread internet and email scam today. "Phishing" is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages.
These phishing emails and web pages resemble legitimate credit authorities like Citibank, e Bay, or Pay Pal.
The alleged prisoner cannot reveal his identity without serious repercussions, and is relying on the con artist to raise the money needed to secure his release.