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June 21, 10:40 p.m.

Email Scam Targeting Alabama Consumers

Wendy Ulrich at her computer Wendy Ulrich at her computer

One of the oldest internet scams is making the rounds again--the Nigerian email campaign. It promises recipients millions of dollars. But the Alabama attorney general's office warns that it's not legit.

In a low-tech, out of the way Chilton County neighborhood, a high-tech, multi-million dollar scam is coming by way of the internet. "I've received three emails like this," explains Wendy Ulrich.

Ulrich says the emails came someone who claimed to be a lawyer in Nigeria. It explained that someone with Ulrich's last name had been killed in a car wreck. And it asked her to claim she was the victim's next of kin.

"The person had apparently left $14.7 million in a bank account over there and if it wasn't claimed within 15 days, it would be confiscated," Ulrich says.

But she didn't buy it. Instead, Ulrich told the attorney's general's office about the email and got a letter in return. It reads, "We are aware that these letters are being sent out across the United States. They are part of a complicated scheme to gain access to people's bank accounts by tempting them with the hope of profit."

Ulrich says she can understand how some people might be tempted to respond to such a request. "A lot of people need money right now and they're willing to do whatever they need to do to get it," she says.

But she says whenever she's tempted, she simply thinks back to something her parents told her. "My dad always says anything that seems to be too good to be true probably is."

According to the attorney general's office, the secret service is now investigating this latest round of Nigerian email scams. If you've been a victim, you can contact the secret service at (205) 406-5850.

Reporter: Mark Bullock

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