Dating scammers in nigeria
Their anthem, "I Go Chop Your Dollars," hugely popular in Lagos, hit the airwaves a few months ago as a CD penned by an artist called Osofia: "419 is just a game, you are the losers, we are the winners.White people are greedy, I can say they are greedy White men, I will eat your dollars, will take your money and disappear.419 is just a game, we are the masters, you are the losers." "Nobody feels sorry for the victims," Samuel said. Don't you worry your pretty lil head, hun," the victim wrote back.
It's the kind of place where plainclothes police prowl the streets extorting bribes, where mobs burn thieves to death for stealing a cellphone, and where some people paint "This House Is Not For Sale" in big letters on their homes, in case someone posing as the owner tries to put it on the market.
The scams offer fabulous riches or the love of your life, but first the magha has to send a series of escalating fees and payments. The scammer replied, "Would you send the money this week so I may buy a ticket? In a series of "mishaps," her wallet is stolen and she is held hostage by the hotel owner until she can come up with hundreds of dollars for the bill. Basil Udotai of the government's Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group said 419 fraud represents a tiny portion of Nigerian computer crime, but is taken seriously by authorities because of the damage it does to the country's reputation.
In a dating scam, for instance, the fraudsters send pictures taken from modeling websites. She needs a new airline ticket, has to bribe churlish customs officials and gets caught. "The government is not just sitting on its hands," he said.
After noting Samuel's speed and skill, the crime boss, nicknamed Shepherd, invited him to his mansion to try extracting e-mail addresses using search engines.
Then, to make Samuel feel special, he took him shopping for designer clothes. When you're around him he makes you feel you have no problems," Samuel said.
Most recipients hit delete, delete, delete, delete without ever opening the messages that urge them to claim the untold riches of a long-lost deceased second cousin, and the messages that offer millions of dollars to help smuggle loot stolen by a corrupt Nigerian official into a U. The targets are called maghas — scammer slang from a Yoruba word meaning fool, and refers to gullible white people.