She doesn’t show up, because she’s not a real person.

Though it has expanded beyond the country of Nigeria, it is still called the “Nigerian” or “419″ scam (named for the section of the Nigerian penal code it violates). You hit paydirt almost immediately:“Send me your address, and I will mail you check right away for $1,500 to cover the bike and shipping to me in Germany.

You will be asked to send more, more, more money until you come to your senses and realize you’re being bilked. She really wants to meet you—and she hints that your first date will be something you’ll never forget. Oh—but she needs a little money for a ticket to come see you. You’re trying to sell something on Craigslist, the free classified-ads site—a bicycle for $300, let’s say.

You’re on a dating site, and you find The One: She’s gorgeous, she’s witty, and she’s really into you. She’s a stock photo and a con artist who’s been playing you—probably a male.

I showed up at the closing—but the buyer herself was absent. And so, for your own entertainment and education, here they are: The 11 hottest Internet scams that we’re still falling for. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.”Amazingly enough, rich dead guy left behind millions of dollars—and your correspondent wants you to have it! Paul Agabi get those millions out of the country, using your bank account as a parking spot, he’ll share the dough with you. When you then “log in,” you’re actually providing your name and password to the slimy Eastern European teenagers who are fishing for your login information, so they can steal your identity and make your life miserable.

Here’s a shocker: Not everything you read on the Internet is true. On the 21st of April, my client, his wife and their only child were involved in a car accident. ”If you do click the link, though, you go a fake version of the bank’s Web site.

She just keeps saying, ‘The Nigerian man promised that I’d have the money by today! It’s usually money, but it might also be male sexual prowess, weight loss, or a cure—for baldness, herpes, cancer, cellulite, heart disease, diabetes, or deafness. Harold Cooper, a national of your country, who used to work with Exxon Oil Company in Nigeria. You’re encouraged to click the link to fix the problem—“or else your account will be suspended! There’s one person left in America who fell for the old Nigerian email scam? All Internet scams are fundamentally the same: Someone offers you something you want for nothing. Agabi asks you to send some money to him, to cover bribes to officials. A week later, there’s another problem—he needs another payment, this time to take care of taxes. But sure enough, you get a money order or certified check in the mail. You get an email from your bank (or Amazon, e Bay, Pay Pal, Yahoo, Apple) saying that there’s a problem with your account.(Photo: Thinkstock)In 2001, I planned to move to a new town in Connecticut. (This scam is called phishing because they’re “fishing” for your information.I put my house up for sale, but it sat there, unsold in the recession, for over a year. And millions of people get scammed that way every year.)If you have any concern that the message could be true, do not click the link in the email.Not a nibble, even after I dropped the price and made some improvements. “And get this: The buyer doesn’t need an inspection, she’s paying cash, and she wants to close at the end of this week! Instead, open your Web browser and type in the company’s address yourself ( whatever).Then one day, my realtor called with some astonishing news. You’ll discover, of course, that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your account.