Columbus, OH asked in Immigration Law for Ohio

Q: How can I verify if this is real?

A friend of mine is in Nigeria, he states that he doesn't have a phone, but has been allowed access to a computer to email me. He is being held at a police station because the woman who was helping him with a place to live died... he told me of suspected poisoning. Then he is saying that they will release him if he pays $1,350. I asked him for some more specifics and this is what he wrote... "Area H police Station, Address, Ogudu Ojota, Lagos state. NIGERIA.. Holding for murder, The DSP is willing to help me because i told him everything i have been through right here in this Country and i told him i know nothing about her death. So he understood me and he promise to help me out in speaking to her family that i know nothing about her death with the help of the lawyer he is going to provide for me"

How can I find out if this is legit? I don't know the best course of action to take in order to find out if this is a scam or truth.

Thank you

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1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: That's almost certainly a scam. Call your friend. Just because the scam artist says your friend doesn't have a phone doesn't mean he doesn't have a phone. He will probably pick up and be like "ah, I'm not in jail."

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