These heartless fraudsters, known as Nigerian scammers, are much, much worse than your parasitic ex. The Nigerian scam has long been flagged as a common type of cyber crime. Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service reportedly receives 100 calls a day from people claiming to be victims of a Nigerian scam. Here's how the con typically works: You get an email from someone asking for your help. To obtain an arrest warrant for the perpetrator, you'd have to acquire a huge body of evidence of email communications, phony documents, bank transactions, etc.
They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. He said there was no way that his dudes would talk for less than 0. So I offered 0 for a rare glimpse at the human faces behind the syntax-challenged spam. I sat down with Sheye and Danjuma* on the back patio of a fancy duplex in an upscale neighborhood in one of the country's main cities, and the two dished on their craft, constantly interrupting each other as they downed bottles of Nigerian Star lager and chain-smoked.Though they lie for a living, Sheye insisted, "We are telling you the fact and the truth." Sheye and Danjuma have a name for the advance-fee email scams, in which victims agree to to send money to a stranger, banking on the promise of love or fast money. Sandra wants Justin to act fast so that he'll transfer the money before he realizes exactly how sketchy this whole situation is. Sandra wants to tug at Justin's heartstrings so that he feels obligated to help her. Of course, not all 419 scams will be as blatantly obvious as Sandra's. If you actually get scammed, there's no guarantee that justice will ever be served. "Love," "thanks," "god bless" — who could reject a request from such a polite stranger? And there you have it: the telltale sign that Sandra is a scammer.