We’ve all seen variations on the theme. “I am Mariam Abacha, widow of the late Nigerian head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha. After the death of my husband who died mysteriously…”
They always end with a plea for you to help them get millions of dollars out of Nigeria, in exchange for which they will pay you handsomely. Of course, you have to put up the front money.
Make no mistake, Nigerian scamming (so-called because so much of it really originates in Nigeria, which has been known for extremely lax scam enforcement), is big business. Also known as “419 scams”, after the section of the Nigerian penal code dealing with such matters, they are so lucrative that, according to Computer World, “Scams have become so successful in Nigeria that anti-sleaze campaigners say swindling is one of the country’s main foreign exchange earners, after oil, natural gas and cocoa.”
Now a Nigerian woman, Amaka Anajemba, has been sentenced to…