Listen up guys... this is an interesting read outlines hotbed activity in West Africa and a typical scammer interview. Take heed !
Online scams create 'Yahoo! millionaires'
In Lagos, where scamming is an art, the quickest path to wealth for the cyber-generation runs through a computer screen.
(FORTUNE Magazine) - Akin is, like many things in cyberspace, an alias. In real life he's 18. He wears Adidas sneakers, a Rolex Submariner watch, and a kilo of gold around his neck. Akin, who lives in Lagos, is one of a new generation of entrepreneurs that has emerged in this city of 15 million, Nigeria's largest. His mother makes $30 a month as a cleaner, his father about the same hustling at bus stations. But Akin has made it big working long days at Internet cafes and is now the main provider for his family and legions of relatives.
Call him a 'Yahoo! millionaire.'
Akin buys things online - laptops, BlackBerries, cameras, flat-screen TVs - using stolen credit cards and aliases. He has the loot shipped via FedEx or DHL to safe houses in Europe, where it is received by friends, then shipped on to Lagos to be sold on the black market. (He figures Americans are too smart to sell a camera on eBay to a buyer with an address in Nigeria.)
Akin's main office is an Internet cafe in the Ikeja section of Lagos. He spends up to ten hours a day there, seven days a week, huddled over one of 50 computers, working his scams.
And he's not alone: The cafe is crowded most of the time with other teenagers, like Akin, working for a 'chairman' who buys the computer time and hires them to extract e-mail addresses and credit card information from the thin air of cyberspace. Akin's chairman, who is computer illiterate, gets a 60 percent cut and reserves another 20 percent to pay off law enforcement officials who come around or teachers who complain when the boys cut school. That still puts plenty of cash in Akin's pocket.
A sign at the door of the cafe reads, WE DO NOT TOLERATE SCAMS IN THIS PLACE. DO NOT USE E-MAIL EXTRACTORS OR SEND MULTIPLE MAILS OR HACK CREDIT CARDS. YOU WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE POLICE. NO 419 ACTIVITY IN THIS CAFE. The sign is a joke; 419 activity, which refers to the section of the Nigerian law dealing with obtaining things by trickery, is a national pastime. There are no coherent laws relating to internet scams, the police are mostly computer illiterate, and penalties for financial crimes are rarely enforced
'What do you want me to do?' Akin asks in pidgin English, explaining why he turned to a life of Internet crime. 'It is my God-given talent. Our politicians, they do their own; me, I'm doing my own. I feed my family - my sister, my mother, my popsie. Man must survive.'
The scams perpetrated by Akin and his comrades are many and varied: Moneygram interceptions, Western Union hijackings, check laundering, identity theft, and outright begging, with tall tales of dying relatives and large sums of money in search of safe haven. One popular online fraud often practiced by women (or boys pretending to be women) involves separating lonely men from their money.
Attempts to speak to government officials about Internet crime were futile. They all claimed ignorance of such scams; some laughed it off as Western propaganda.
Some officials, who asked not be identified, said young people are drawn to Internet crime as a way of getting back at a society that has no plans for them. Others see it as a form of reparation for the sins of the West.
Or as Akin puts it, 'White people are too gullible. They are rich, and whatever I gyp them out of is small change to them.'
The sign posters are just another clue these lowlife scammers are trying to play games with you ! The smartdraw software to create the posters is readily available. Don't let these trashy bastards fool you..... !
Al these sign posters you see are just another trick the gangsters use to scam you into thinking some good looking babe is available. It's a ruse ... don't be fooled !
stella combs, mary smith . uk scammers using pic of raven riley
anonymous from Norway
firstname.lastname@example.org , kayshia111 this women is now going by thisname (before jessica walter). Kayshia is still one of the best scammers in ghana west africa together with Vanessa Williams (karen dreams ). This krime/womens must be stoped.
anonymous from United States
' this pic looks to much like the woman that is going come to
me in decmeber, she said her name is debrah
this young lady
nelson is Victoria Mensah
and says she lives in the city of Accra in Ghana.
her email is; email@example.com
Postal Address: Box 185 Accra Note
and telephone number is 00233203891360
This lady will tell you much.
and they will come to you.
You should give her money.
zekomt but never to you.
and if you have money.
the Internet or anything else.
this lady is lying all together.
do not give money to the impostor
There is no sexy gal on the other end ! Just some young black dude or ugly hooker in one of many internet cafes in Nigeria or Ghana ! More than likely it's a lowlife gang member that's being pimped by some greedy gangster, who keeps a knife at their throat should they try anything else. These thugs work under a pimp's supervision pretending to be lonely women seeking romance. To these immortal jackals, it's just a business with a goal to scam you into sending their gangland boss as much of your money as possible.
WHITE, HISPANIC OR ASIAN CHICK IN NIGERIA OR GHANA CONTACTING YOU ONLINE = SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM !
You don't have to question it, you don't have to ask why, you don't have to seek exceptions from the rule, because there are NONE. That's just the way it is ! And your beautiful chick in Nigeria or Ghana regardless of their apparent ethnicity is also no exception. Sorry !
If a supposedly white, asian or hispanic chick contacts you online and then turns out to be in Nigeria or Ghana, it's a scam. Always ! As for black people, if they claim to be African-Americans, but 'presently' temporarily in Nigeria or Ghana (or anywhere in Africa) for any reason: job, taking care of a sick parent, etc.. this is also a scam ! Especially if their picture looks like an African-American model. And more often than not a picture of a sexy PORN model cleverly used to lure you into their web of deceit and deception !