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.'
anonymous from United States
Email I received from same scam.
I am more than happy in your reply to my mail .
How was your day?,Mine is a little bit hot over here in Dakar Senegal.
My name is Helen Karume,from Ivory Coast in West Africa,am 24 years old,5.4ft tall,fair in complexion,(never married before) and presently,i am residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar-Senegal as a result of the civil war that was fought in my country.I love reading and spots and like to visit parks and garden to be close to nature.I love children too and will like to have many children when i get married.
Please listen to this important information about me,My late father Dr Frederick Karume was the managing director of Fredcocoa and Associates (Ltd) and he was the personal advicer to the former head of state (Late Dr Robert Guei) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood.It was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now.
I have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which i will send to you latter,because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in one the leading banks which he used my name as the next of kin,the amount in question is $7.3(Seven Million three Hundred Thousand US Dollars).And i have contacted the bank so that i can have the money atleast to start a new life for myself but they requested that i should have a foreign partner as my representative due to my living status here,
As a refugee here i don't have any right or privileged to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country,and i want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place.So i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you.
I kept this secret from people in the camp here,the only person that knows about it is Reverend HENRY JOSHUA who is incharge of (CHRIST THE LIGHT CHURCHES) here in the camp because he is like a father to me.So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it.Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you, i like honest and understanding people and a man of vision, truth and hardworking, our main language is french but English is my favorite because i also speaks it fluently.I will send you the bank's details in my next mail but for trust and confidence firstly i will like you to send me in your reply your details such as your full name,your country and address,your age and occupation so that i can send to the bank and let them know you.
Meanwhile i will like you to call me through the reverend's telephone number so we can talk more,
The Reverend's phone number is ( +221765012967 ) if you call and tell him that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel to come and answer your call.Have a nice day and think about me, awaiting to hear from you soonest,
Yours in love
Note: She has started targeting religious movements
Sincerely Minister. Vincent J Beall
anonymous from Kuwait
l received the same massage from Rose kuru as that sent by linda kuru claimed they are the only left in the family to my surprise linda rose and many more are still alive. email address is email@example.com
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 !
she writes to me the same statement like those previous ones but thank God i try to google the name of her father and i just meet this site thank you guys now i am aware