Marvin Winters March 1, 2012

The biggest shock here is that what we tend to perceive as poorly cognitive, greasy loners trying to steal our money are actually portraying themselves as legitimate(if the word can be used) organized criminals.

The smallest shock? The association they’ve earned with Yahoo. You know they’re not going to enjoy this bad publicity, and the way they’ve treated their user activity screening, I can’t help but feel it’s entirely deserved.

Ulyses R. Paul March 2, 2012

Nigerian scams are so old news. Most online scammers are now from neighboring countries. Recently, I got an offer from someone in Cameroon, Nigeria’s neighbor in the east. I know she’s from Cameroon because the forum I’m in traced her IP from that country. She said she’s from the United States but her English is so broken that I can hear cracked glasses everywhere. LOL.

But I guess all these types of malicious online activities are now labelled as “Nigerian 419″ spams / scams no matter where it originated. I also read somewhere that the countries of Chad and Republic of Benin have some sort of variant to the Nigerian 419. Let’s all be careful out there especially if the offer is too good to be true.

Matt Moore March 5, 2012

When I was in college, one of our feasibility case studies was with Nigeria-based online scams. The main reason why this so-called Nigerian 419 scams / spams is so prevalent in this country is that they lack a governing body that could monitor this type of malicious act. The country is also too bureaucratic – you have to go to several offices and departments just to file a complaint or process a business permit. And because of this, corruption almost always tend to arise.

Not like in the United States, Canada and other developed nations, Nigeria also lacks the IT infrastructure to combat spams and scam coming from their country. However, the government is really trying very hard to combat this because their country has been synonymous with online scams.

Bolanle D. March 5, 2012

I was born, grew up, raised and schooled (elementary to college) in Nigeria until 1995. I’m now here working in the United States since then. Most government agencies, departments, bureaus, and offices in Nigeria back then is corrupt. When I came back last year for a family event, I expected the situation would ease up, but I was disappointed. It did not ease up even by a bit. Nigeria is still corrupt. In fact, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is one of the most corrupt government offices in the country. And I’m not surprised. Handling the task of killing the dreaded 419 scam is a big shoe to fill in. It’s a multi-million (perhaps even billion) dollar industry. At the most, two to three departments should handle this task to effectively eradicate the 419 scam.

Jason Rogers March 6, 2012

Hahaha – if the Nigerian spam gets extinct, which I don’t believe will ever happen, I might even miss it. :) The emails they were sending were so ridiculously funny that I couldn’t help but enjoy reading them. We’ve got to admit that the Nigerian spam is a classic.

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