Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Nigerian Scammer Article

CNN has a story on internet scammers in Lagos, Nigeria. The main subject of the article is a 14 year old boy who gets paid for scamming people. His boss takes 60% of the revenue, uses another 20% to pay off law enforcement and teachers, and still leaves plenty for the teenage boy to be the main support for "his family and legions of relatives."

He and many others like him, do their work out of internet cafes. The cafe mentioned in the article has a sign on the door that starts, "WE DO NOT TOLERATE SCAMS IN THIS PLACE." The article calls that sign is a joke, obtaining things by trickery is a national pastime.

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