Tag: Crime in Nigeria

Now it isn’t just scam e-mails…

But the Nigerian princes with massive oil wealth they want to put into your bank account now also are hitting on old broads on religious dating sites, and making out like bandits:

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose woman bilked out of $500,000 by a Nigerian scam artist on a dating website luckily recovered $200,000 from a bank in Turkey, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The case of the 66-year-old woman conned out of her money through a meeting on ChristianMingle.com should serve as a warning about fraud schemes on international dating sites, Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourland said.

“You get the love drug in you and you end up getting duped,” Bourland said. The victim, a divorcee, joined ChristianMingle and befriended a Nigerian man who falsely claimed to be “David Holmes,” an Irish citizen working on a Scottish oilrig, Bourland said.

He used a picture he said was of him but was actually an image of a male model he downloaded from the Internet, Bourland said. “There had been phone calls,” Bourland said. “He did not seem to have a Nigerian accent. He sent her flowers. But they never met in person.”

The district attorney’s office later discovered through the man’s Skype account and email address that he was living in Nigeria, which is “a hot bed of online scams,” Bourland said. The scammer convinced the woman to wire him $300,000 as a loan for his oil business, with much of the money coming from her retirement account and funds she received after refinancing her home, prosecutors said.

Seriously, I understand that she is a victim and I need to feel sorry for her, but are people this f-ing stupid? You send that kind of money to some dude you have never met, and obviously never seen (she thought he was Irish, and he is Nigerian, so I think unless he had a sophisticated AI to mask his image, or I am assuming incorrectly we are dealing with your usual Nigerian scammer, there is no way she saw him), just because you connected on electronically? Maybe I am not wired correctly, but there is just no sort of connection, not even one made in person, that would lead me to give that kind of money – especially from my retirment account – that would leave me inclined to give more than a couple of hundred dollars to someone else whose home address I do not have, and have verified.

Look, if it feels like it is too good to be true, it likely is. Maybe it is my nature to simply distrust every fucking body and just expect the worse from people in general, but damn, I just don’t get why people get fooled. I am not saying I am smarter or better than these people, and that I have never been had. Anyone can have a low moment. But I have always had my eyes wide open when someone was taking advantage of me. The choice was mine to make, and I made sure I was comfortable with whatever I was losing. Heck, I have often thought of reverse scamming one of these Nigerian scam artists, but the threat of pound-me-in-the-ass-prison (they enforce laws here, even if they get done willy-nilly and mostly against enemies of the state, which I am sure I am to the people in charge) has prevented me from doing anything.

Beware the debonair foreign entrepreneur you meet on whatever dating site you frequent, or you might end up with your clock cleaned.