PROFILE OF A NIGERIAN SCAMMER

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Post by tina71 on 2011-06-30, 02:42

PROFILE OF A NIGERIAN SCAMMER

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Most scammers are between the ages of 17 and 25. The average age from my experience is 23.

They've
been educated to the equivalent of a public high school education in
the US. Most would be less than average students. On an IQ scale, with
70 or less being mentally impaired and 120 or above being intelligent, I
would guess the average scammer's IQ to be around 100.

Keep in
mind that most Africans are not educated beyond grammar school because
parents have to pay for anything further. Still these boys have been
given more education than the average African.

There is a lack of
jobs in West Africa. These boys are middle class and expected to work.
They are also not very intelligent and can't make it in better paying
positions. Couple that with a lazy attitude and being raised in a
culture used to being supported by charity and you get young men who
won't do menial labor and expect handouts and easy money.

They
often claim to be religious. Most claim to be Catholic or Christian.
These are the prevalent religions that have in the past sponsored
massive relief and charity campaigns in Africa so of course the
recipients of that charity are going to adapt to that brand of faith in
order to keep the donations and aid coming. These boys do know a little
about religion and will use that knowledge generously throughout their
scams, but they do NOT have the faith. This allows them to publicly
speak the words and deceptively abuse all religious doctrine. There are
Muslim scammers too but generally they keep their religious rhetoric to
themselves because they believe westerners fear Islam.

The
scammers rarely use the money they steal to support other family
members. They buy electronics, cell phones, cars, computers, land and
jewelry (not necessarily in that order). They may stimulate their
economy, but they are generally greedy and self-serving.

The last
brand of scammer is the neurotic, pathological liar who scams because
they enjoy the power and ego trip. They are immensely insecure and have
no sense of self worth other than what they feel when they successfully
deceive another. They do take pleasure in knowing they cause others
pain. They will excuse and justify themselves with claims of
retribution for past social injustices, i.e., slavery, etc., but this is
more lies they tell.


Insert from : http://www.romancescam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=31523

It is about romance scams, but applies to most Nigerian scammers.
It is a fact and it is everywhere.
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Post by tina71 on 2011-06-30, 02:47

This is a very interesting forum I found about scammers:

http://forum.419eater.com/forum/

They scam the scammers, it is hilarious, I am still not sure how it works, but I will love to try!
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Post by Maggie on 2011-06-30, 07:15

That last brand of scammer is disconcerting. I have ppl in my life like that. I can't imagine what someone would ontain from causing pain to others, but do know that some do. I realize this is about Nigerian scammers, but this last paragraph must apply to scammers of all kinds.
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Post by mona on 2011-07-22, 08:00

You will never get your money back from scam spell casters. NEVER. But the most foolish thing to do is to send money to someone without a web site and only an email address that you find on a blog. My friend sent money to a so called "spell caster" man/woman (God knows)! with the name of Michael Adegboye Olufela in Ilorin, Nigeria. Once he had got her money and details, he asked for more money and then threatened her that he was going to reveal all her private information to her enemy. He/she uses the email address of oba_afefe at hushmail.com. My friend then decided to scam this scammer and made up a story with a new email address. This time the thief used the name Jennie Rodriguez 305 ave l,sea graves,TeXas post code - 79359. My friend intends to continue sending him scam emails requesting spells so as to make him run back and forth to one or other of the international money transfer companies looking for his promised money. On the top of these western union and money gram forms it says "DO NOT SEND MONEY TO SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW OR WHOSE IDENTITY YOU CANNOT VERIFY. Let this be a lesson to all gullable people.

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Post by tina71 on 2011-07-22, 12:50

I love what your friend is doing, scam the scammer! Wish I had some time for it.
These people http://forum.419eater.com/forum/ do it regularly, they do it safe and have rules on how to protect yourself. I find it hilarious and probably one day I will try!
Scam the scammers, it is payback time, they have these people going back and forth from town to town waiting for money that never arrives, got to love it!
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Post by September13 on 2011-09-06, 14:22

I almost got taken by a Nigerian scam years and years ago. It was one of those "we need your help in transferring money" scams. Thankfully I had the presence of mind to set up a new bank account with minimal cash deposited (I think there was $50 in it), and had the scammer call me.

The first thing I noticed was the horrible phone service, as during the call, he would cut out every so often, and I had to make him repeat things a few times.

Then, a few days later, he was asking for money to get a business set up, and I started growing wary that something unscrupulous was going on. I had already given him the bank account info, and when I checked it out, the balance was zeroed out.

A day or two later, I was contacted again by the guy, who tried to convince me to come to Nigeria in order to work some things out. Fortunately, I didn't have a passport, so I started the process of applying for one, and then I started thinking.

"I'm going to be alone on a foreign continent known for violent coups..."

I then started doing research and found that people who often went to Nigeria as part of these scams were held for ransom.

A little bit of caution saved me from whatever horror awaited me, or from being swindled out of who knows how much cash.

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