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From the very beginning, I had a very good feeling that this was a scam - but I was bored and let it run it's course. Supposedly her mother was English and her Father American. Her mother passed away when she was young and she was raised by her Wealthy Grandmother, when her father went back to US. She claimed that she had moved to my home town about a year ago, but was in the UK when we started to talk, on vacation visiting her Grandmother.

She claimed that she was in the business of Gems and Antiques. She waited about a month before she asked for any money. She claimed that she had a contract to purchase and sell some antiques. When her distributor in Nigeria wanted more than the amount that she anticipated as a down payment - coincidentally, her Grandmother fell ill, just prior to this, and was in the hospital. She asked me for $3,500 USD, when I said NO, she was able to acquire nearly 1/2 of the money and then asked me for $1,850. I again I told her that I do not lend money to people that I have never meet in person, and even then I do not get in to the habit of lending money (if you lend money - never expect to see it come back).

Supposedly, her Grandmother was getting better - we talked online after the request for money, then she disappeared. Next thing, I get an e-mail that says her Grandmother passed away. And next time I see her online - she says she needs $3,000 USD to buy a casket. and that her Grandmother is worth 700 million and she would see a large portion of that in her inheritance (which she told me prior to her Grandmother getting sick, if she was not married and without kids she would not be seeing an inheritance).

For the fun of it - I decided to say that I would think about it and see what I could do. She kept saying that she needed the money right away. I continued to tell her I would think about it and see what I could do. So she sent me the address of where to send the money to - ironically her cousin was in Nigeria for business, and that is where she wanted the money sent to. She had also told me, that her cousin's name was Frank, I do not see how you get Frank from the name she provided to send the money to.

I might play along for a little bit, just to see what happens next. But I assure you, she will not get a dime from me.


2012-02-05, 23:27:20   (updated: )
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2012-02-07, 01:37:01
Guys... Read this interview with a Nigerian scammer by a Fortune Magazine journalist ...

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.

By Leonard Lawal, FORTUNE Magazine

(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.'

2012-12-15, 21:14:39
anonymous from Australia  
yes thanks for this info, a Rita Anderson from nigeria has contacted me and after few weeks of chatting, asked for money. thanks to seeing this i am sure it is another scam and i wont be sending not a single cent to whoever this is. the pictures you show are diffrent to the ones she showed me, my be the scammers change pics every time they aquire a new target. im glad i looked into this alittle further and found this info, i was almost sucked in by her (or whoever they are) hard luck stories.



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