Out of the WSB inbox, from Gail:
While most Nigerian letter scams and the Sierra Leone Scams listed on the internet happen by e-mail or letters, I had an odd experience at Westwood Village yesterday in front of Staples.
Read the rest of her story after the jump:
After leaving my car I was approached by a nicely dressed black man about 6’11” who I suspected was from Africa as I have spent much time there. He was talking on a cell phone and asked me to help him. He said he asked a taxi driver to leave him at a place where people from his country were located. He asked me to talk to his attorney who was in Tacoma to tell the attorney where he was. I spoke to a man who stated that the man I was speaking with was carrying an enormous amount of money and could I help him get to safety. He was not the attorney but said the tall man was a “constituent” of an attorney who was in a meeting. I gave him instructions how to get to Westwood then he said he would authorize an immediate payment of $300 to me if I would get the tall man to safety. He asked me to drive him to a McDonald’s or a church. He kept repeating the man was a constituent. The tall man then showed me a letter with a Tacoma attorney letterhead and a “Re: Estate of XXXXX.”
As it sounded fishy to me, I simply pointed out how the man could get to the McDonald’s at Westwood and told him he would be safe.
I am just reporting this in case it is a scam trying to get people to take the “enormous” amount of $$ to a bank or something else and am wondering if anyone else has experienced this. It could be legit, but the oft-repeated phrase about how much $$ the tall man was carrying seemed odd as the man could not know if I was a good guy or bad so why advertise the fact? Just an fyi…