BBB warns about new twist on Nigerian Letter Scam

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Better Business Bureau is issuing a new warning about an old scam.

    It involves the “Nigerian Letter Scam.”

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    According to the BBB of Central and Eastern Kentucky, the scammers are sending the letters to people based on their former or current occupations.

    A Lexington woman contacted the BBB to say she received a letter from a firm called “Bill Millman & Associates” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The letter stated they had tried to contact her in the past for their “late client” who died while traveling in the U.S. who has left her $2 million.

    The letter went on to state, “Our records show that years back our late client was once a patient in an institution where you worked as a Caregiver/Nurse while he was on a business trip in the U.S. Our late client indicated that you took care of him with great compassion that propelled him to recover faster than the doctors anticipated.”

    The woman is a retired Veterans Administration Hospital nurse and the BBB says the letter citing her past job might indicates the scammers are getting more detailed in the letters sent to people they locate through professional listings and databases, hoping to convince them to take the bait.

    The U.S. Secret Service is the agency that investigates these schemes, known internationally as “4-1-9” fraud. It is named after the section of the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes that convince victims to transfer money to pay various “fees”, “taxes,” or even “bribes” to move money from one country to another.

    If you or someone you know has lost money to “4-1-9” fraud, report it to the U.S. Secret Service: https://www.secretservice.gov/

    Consumers may report scams to BBB Scam Tracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.