Monday, October 13, 2008

Falling for the Nigerian scam

Anyone with an email account has likely been approached once (if not dozens of times) by some variation of the "Nigerian scam," where someone posing as a wealthy foreigner promises millions of dollars for very little effort. (More explanation of this con click here.) Shocking as it sounds, victims still fall for this all the time.

Armed with this information, novelist Lisa Harris was inspired to write the suspense thriller Final Deposit (Love Inspired Suspense). She explains the thinking behind the book on her blog ("Fiction vs. Fact"), and in her interview with Keep Me In Suspense ("Interview with Lisa Harris").

About the book:
It's just another scam, sent via email to thousands. Yet Lindsey Taylor's elderly father has fallen for it and lost his life savings. He's even gone off to claim his promised fortune. Lindsey knows he'll never see a penny. Worse, she's worried she'll never see him again. Frantic, she turns to financial security expert Kyle Walker. Kyle has his own vendetta: he lost his brother to an Internet mail-order-bride scheme. He's promised to help Lindsey find her father, but first he has to get them close to the scam artists. And the closer they get, the more danger they find ...

Related link:
Q&A: LISA HARRIS (Recipe For Murder)
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