Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Anatomy of a Nigerian Email Scam

Very interesting look at Nigerian email scams, takes you thru one person's story (who has a PhD in psych, no less).

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060515fa_fact

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The scammers, who often operate in crime rings, are known as “yahoo-yahoo boys,” because they frequently use free Yahoo accounts. Many of them live in a suburb of Lagos called Festac Town. Last year, one scammer in Festac Town told the Associated
Press, “Now I have three cars, I have two houses, and I’m not looking for a job anymore.”

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When I asked Worley what he wished he had done differently, he didn’t answer directly. Instead, he spoke about hoping that the Abachas would get back in touch with him. However, before they could resume work on the multimillion-dollar transfer, he expected them to send the six hundred thousand dollars that he needs for restitution.

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