One of the most common scams when it comes to wiring money involves what is known as “The Nigerian Scam”. It is very likely that if you own an email that you have been solicited for such a scam, and the basic premise of the scam is that there is some very wealthy person in need of help overseas (generally in Nigeria or some other part of Africa) with regards to the release of a major sum of money, typically in the tens of millions of dollars. Typically the money is tied up due to some legal battles or perhaps tied up in court somewhere, and they just need someone to pay these “fees” so that the money can get released, upon which they will give you a large share of it.
Of course this sounds too good to be true, and unfortunately it is. There is no rich relative or large sum of money out there, there is only a scammer at the other end of the email. Typically victims of the scam will send the small initial fee that they are asking for, and once the scammer knows they have a gullible victim, they will ask for larger fees to see if they can extract more from the victim. Generally the preferred method of transfer is a service like Western Union where there is no recourse to the sender once the money is transferred.