Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.I told Michael I wanted to interview his scammer friends. But I figured I’d be doing a public service by distracting the scammers from conning old folks for a couple hours.(Ditto.) They asked to hire me out for a day for one of their cons because, they said, my white skin would bolster their credibility.“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.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.Western Union, for example, would not allow me to wire my Nigerian fixer an advance portion of his pay because, the operator told me, I was likely the victim of fraud.
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.
Maybe…you need a black man,” he says, his down-sloping eyes very serious.
At that point, the scammer will start to “give [the victim] a process,” promising to come visit her, but asking for money to take care of a few things first: “My car has problem,” or “My father is in Italy.
He did not send money for me.” “Because you love me, then you say, ‘Okay,'” Sheye interrupts. I keep on enjoying with my girls here.” He laughs wildly.
Over the past decade or so, the United States has cracked down on Nigerian Internet scams.