Next week will feature posts that give you an inside look at the surprisingly large world of Nigerian scams. Not because we signed up (although we have before), but because we’ll publish posts by a credible witness: a Nigerian with first-hand experience on the inside of that world.

Our guest writer lives in Nigeria, and although he is not a scammer, he knows many people who are and has watched them operate. I think you’ll find his account very interesting. The creativity of people who run these scams knows no bounds. And they work! To the tune of $100,000 per day, according to a Nigerian newspaper. $36.5 million per year. It’s no wonder they put such effort into the scams. As our writer reports,

The westerners who receive and fall for this scam mails ought to know that the tens of thousands of bucks they lose to these scammers might very well translate to millions in my country’s currency. In other words, they are making millionaires out of these scammers, some of whom have become bread winners of their family. Just months ago, a friend hit it big, making over 40000 dollars.

Tune in next week for the full, fascinating story.

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Last Updated: December 30, 2008

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  • Mark Summers
    Mark Summers

    just out of curiosity in what countries would this be legal to do?

  • Mike L
    Mike L

    I look forward to your article. We receive many scam emails since we advertise a vacation rental. This business seems to be a prime attractor for scams. They particularly like to use Craigslist as a resource.

  • Jessie

    Sounds awesome. I get e-mails from these guys all the time, they’re usually the stupidest things ever. Like a person would have to have the IQ of 85 and be drunk to actually fall for a lot of these. I especially love when I’ve won the irish lottery and the e-mail address is african and I don’t live in Ireland.

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