Internet dating inheritance scams
It involves a taxi cab, a “juju man,” magic charms, and a huge bag of cash (and it’s way too complicated to explain here).
Another go-to scam involves a taxi cab, a French man, a locked box filled with gold, and very expensive pliers.
“There is this boy in Kaduna [a city in northern Nigeria] who made over 2 million naira” last year on 419 scams, Danjuma says.
“And he is not even 18.” The two fraudsters make most of their money duping fellow Nigerians.
He knows if he meets “a Saudi Arabia person,” he’s in luck.
“They don’t know what to do with money.” “Whenever we want to fraud somebody, we will know what you are worth,” Danjuma says. ” Even “how much you have in your account.” They glean all this information just by developing a tight relationship with the dupe.
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“Black man believes that white man is reality,” Danjuma explains. Sheye and Danjuma say they are each worth about ,000, in a country where more than 70 percent of the population lives on less than a day.
If the mark is worthwhile, the scammer works up “a level of trust,” Danjuma continues.
“Maybe the person doesn’t have a husband, and the person is looking for a husband in Nigeria.
They say they’d make a lot more than that, but they blow much of their income entertaining “clients” in order to convince the victims they’re legit.
They’ll fly potential marks to Ghana, for example, and put them up in a fancy hotel while they meet with Sheye and Danjuma’s faux business partners there.
In 2011, the FBI received close to 30,000 reports of advance fee ploys, called “419 scams” after the section of the Nigerian criminal code that outlaws fraud.