A Nigerian scammer was caught by the police for scamming an 84-year old man of more than $30,000.
” Chaput said the scam began when the senior replied to an unsolicited e-mail that promised a share of a $1.5 million inheritance that, unknown to him, does not exist. The man was told to wire an up-front fee of $37,500 to receive the supposed windfall. He wired $30,000 and was pressured to send more. This type of scam is also known as advanced fee letter fraud, or Nigerian e-mail or 419 scams. It may be hard to believe, but many people fall victim to them each year.”
This is typically what happens if you reply to the email and follow the instructions from the scammer. Think about it – if they can offer you so much money free, why would they need you to send money over? In the case of lottery scams, authorized national lottery does not require you to pay a single cent when you win money.