Nigerian scam victims should be locked up

VICTIMS OF THE NIGERIAN SCAM should be locked up and not pitied according to a Nigerian diplomat. The Nigerian high commissioner to Australia, Olu Agbi has made the point that people who are ripped off by the scams are just as guilty as the fraudsters and should be jailed.

Professor Olu Agbi said it was "greedy" Australians who tried to take part in these crimes - even though they are scams. Agbi said that people who ignored repeated warnings not to deal with shady characters on the internet deserved no sympathy.

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I find it the BEST when I reply to the scammers, then lead them on for days and days via email... It is the funniest at the end when you send them a final "F@#$ You email saying SCAMMERS SUCK" ... Hahahaha

(WyldPhoenix said @ #25)
I find it the BEST when I reply to the scammers, then lead them on for days and days via email... It is the funniest at the end when you send them a final "F@#$ You email saying SCAMMERS SUCK" ... Hahahaha

You know it's funny you mentioned that, because I get kicks out of it too -- until they decide to insert some malicious code into the email and I'm forced to format

(Laser_iCE said @ #25.1)

You know it's funny you mentioned that, because I get kicks out of it too -- until they decide to insert some malicious code into the email and I'm forced to format :(


+1

93% of Nigerians are scammers !

even when they live outside of Nigeria they continue scamming, as far as i'm concerned Nigeria should be used as a toxic waste dump and for nuclear & chemical weapon testing. :eek:

but most of these internet scammers are idiots, sometimes when i'm bored I read the Ebola Monkey Man website.
this site is too funny.


Don't have too much empathy over the victims. The best way of handling it is to have them interviewed by and featured in an article in your local newspaper. Most of the time, if you delve into the personal history, it's only one of many really bad decisions they've made in their lives. Give them the one chance they have to let others learn from their experience.

All of these scams ask you to do something illegal or morally ambiguous. They are looking for people that exercise greedy, wishful thinking. A strong indicator is that they break the rule that "you don't get something for nothing". Even the ones that seem plausible like I'll send you a $10,000 check and you send me a check back for the balance I've overpaid are stinky when you think about it. If you're desperate enough to sell and you get hooked, you end up owning the item in addition to the balance you sent them if you don't stop the check in time. If you sent it Western Union, well then.

There are people out there that are naive enough to fall for it if the con man is in direct contact. We all are connable on some level and in the right situation. Just learn to distrust people who are too smooth or plausible. Sociopaths can lie to you without showing any of the usual indicators that they are lying. And since they truly believe that what is yours actually belongs to them, there is no social, moral or ethical barrier preventing them from taking it. In cultures that don't favor individualism and personal guilt, it even is the con's duty to take what he wants from non-members as there is no sin in doing so.

Here Here! Good Idea I think. Most of the UK Population would be in Jail . . . Oh hang on a minute they already are. At least it would get rid of more of the Thick Demographic.

NOOOOO
he is right!

just like rape victims! they should be locked up for simply walking around in clothing ! thats just asking for it!


dum ass nigerian :D

(peacemf said @ #21)
NOOOOO
he is right!

just like rape victims! they should be locked up for simply walking around in clothing ! thats just asking for it!


dum ass nigerian :D


No.

A more apt example would have someone wanting to rob your house getting all his **** stolen while he was breaking into your place... then QQing about it.

from my spam filter:

READ AND REPLY URGENT PLEASE:

FROM THE DESK OF MR.SABO TANKO.AUDITS & ACCOUNTS FOREGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT ECO BANK (ECOBF)

OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.

PHONE NUMBER +*********** .

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my because of my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I got your contact from yahoo tourist search when I was searching for a foreign partner. I assured of your capability and reliability to champion this business opportunity when I prayed to God or Allah about you.

I am Mr.Sabo Tanko the Audit Manager & Accounts dept. in the Ecobank (ECOBF). I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of $19.300, 000.00 (Nineteen Million, Three Hundred Thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late Mr. Nicolas Francois from Paris France who died along with his entire family in the Egyptians plane crash on January 6,2004 and since then the fund has been in a suspense account.

After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr Nicolas Francois died with his next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of (5) five years, if no body comes for the claim as the next of kin, the fund will be channel into national treasury as unclaimed fund.

Because of the static of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you the recognition and have the fund transfer to your account. The total sum will be shared as follows: 50% for me, 50% for you and expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account.

More details information with the text of application form will be forwarded to you to breakdown, explaining comprehensively what require of you.

Your Full Name............................

Your Sex.................................

Your Age.................................

Your Country..............................

Your Occupation..........................

Your Personal Mobile Number....................

Please indicate your willingness by sending the above information for more

Clarification and easy communication.Trusting to hear from you immediately.

Thanks & Best Regards,

Mr.SABO TANKO.

considering the statistical normal distribution of human intelligent, and the nigerian diplomat, more than half the population of this planet should probably be in the sing-sing.

well that is a sad, but weirdly refreshing thought ...

I agree that the people who fall for these scams are morons but they haven't committed any crime. No money has been laundered by them and you can't arrest someone for having a motive only.

(osirisX said @ #16)
I agree that the people who fall for these scams are morons but they haven't committed any crime. No money has been laundered by them and you can't arrest someone for having a motive only.

They're conspiring to commit a crime and have taken an active part in seeing that crime come to fruitation. It's not merely "motive."

I think being robbed of your life savings is enough of a punishment. They;re foolish, and the best cure for that is what happened to them. No need to lock them up.

(ispamforfood said @ #16.2)
I think being robbed of your life savings is enough of a punishment. They;re foolish, and the best cure for that is what happened to them. No need to lock them up.

Agreed

Can't they nail the guys for something else? people that live doing stuff like that 24/7 aren't enjoy a lawful life. I bet he steals cable or he probably ****s where he eats or something. When he eats....

money laundrying is illegal. period. whether it is initiated via nigerian scam or other means.

the fact that some idiots actually believe a simple email communication from a unknown person, tens of thousands of miles away, will bring him / her big money ... well, that person deserves what he / she is getting.

In a comment to a story linked at Neowin.net, g33kb0y reportedly believes that pretentious bigots should be jailed for being disconnected from reality. Oh, wait....

The idea is not without merit, though I think imprisonment's a rather severe penalty for stupidity + greed. (And if we went down that road, who'd be left to run our local and national governments?)

What we really need is for every home computer to ship with a built-in device that gives you a small but painful electric shock every time you attempt to reply to an email detected (and at this point it's not hard to do) as spam. The chastisement would be accompanied by a big pop-out LED placard and loudspeaker saying something like: "NUMPTY! STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD!"

Of course the electroshock might not be good for those with pacemakers, so an alternative model could replace that method with, I dunno... a good slap with a wet halibut, perhaps.

I've been thinking... how is this any different than all the advertising we see in the USA? They're just scamming you into thinking their product is good, when you have no idea if it is or not, but will purchase based on if you've been scammed by the ad.

This is just a more direct way of making money, similar to how at a bar if you asked 10 chicks to go home with you, 1 just might. Score.

its alot different....Ameicans 'actually' see the advertistment and just say 'NO' but this article mentions 'Australians'...and they get a email from ogambi nubami that says..help me tranfers 2 million and i'll give you 50,000 but send me 5,000 first..and Australians say OK MATE,I've also included my account number in case you need little more...LOL

(jwjw1 said @ #9.1)
its alot different....Ameicans 'actually' see the advertistment and just say 'NO' but this article mentions 'Australians'...and they get a email from ogambi nubami that says..help me tranfers 2 million and i'll give you 50,000 but send me 5,000 first..and Australians say OK MATE,I've also included my account number in case you need little more...LOL

i take it your one of those ignorant "Ameicans" i hear so much about. If not then you should know that the majority of people who do send their money away come from America, Professor Olu Agbis motivation for his comments lies in recent Australian media coverage on Nigerian scammers.

Next time, mate, i suggest you actually think before you post, it stops you from looking like an ignorant ****.

(CRIKEY said @ #9.4)
yep, defiantly an ignorant American.

YES you are so right...I was ignorant because I didn't think Aussie's got scammed so easily...but 3 times and then takes his mug on youtube to educate others? and then confuses to being scammed again after the video..hahahahaha!!...you sure are upset..are you Paul? LOL
**ya bloody wombats should stay away from western union and russian girls who are really men** and being an ignorant american is a compliment compared to being a box-of-rocks with a heartbeat.

It's a different culture, with different ideas on morality. It isn't seen as wrong to part a fool and his money over there.

Hi,
I'm an Aussie and agree with the bloke. Every time I've ever received this scam in my inbox it pretty much implies you are breaking the laws of another country in order to help someone remove money. Additionally, by putting the victims in gaol it may stop them breeding. win/win as far as I'm concerned!
Cheers
Mick

(mikeyjames said @ #3.1)
Hi,
I'm an Aussie and agree with the bloke. Every time I've ever received this scam in my inbox it pretty much implies you are breaking the laws of another country in order to help someone remove money. Additionally, by putting the victims in gaol it may stop them breeding. win/win as far as I'm concerned!
Cheers
Mick

Exactly.

The people that get scammed are greedy and stupid.

Naive, I think not.

I agree. The people that are scammed by 419ers are greedy and I have no sympathy. That's very different to the phishing scams that try to trick you by impersonating businesses, which I do have some sympathy for (I've got a few recently impersonating LloydsTSB).

what the heck... what an idiot... trying to push blame from their own citizens to others while not doign anything to stop the problem.. sure they got a point that its been pointed MANY MANY times dont do things with supicious people on the internet... but gawd... how about you police your own people? and locking up people that fall for scams? um whats that gona achieve? They did nothing wrong, they didnt break any laws... they jus fell for a scam.. which has happened all throughout history

It's the Inquirer, folks. One way or another this is bound to be inaccurate TABLOID garbage.

What is drivel like this doing on the Neowin front page?

(neufuse said @ #1)
what the heck... what an idiot... trying to push blame from their own citizens to others while not doign anything to stop the problem.. sure they got a point that its been pointed MANY MANY times dont do things with supicious people on the internet... but gawd... how about you police your own people? and locking up people that fall for scams? um whats that gona achieve? They did nothing wrong, they didnt break any laws... they jus fell for a scam.. which has happened all throughout history

Compliance with the scam is an act of money laundering, which is illegal.