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fraud recognition & prevention education, fraud victim advocacy, law enforcement support

Fraud recognition & prevention education, fraud victim advocacy, law enforcement support

                    

Silence is fraud's best friend.  Word of mouth is fraud's worst enemy.  Pass the word!TM

 

 

SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL

 

419 Letter Database

 

Emails sent out by the thousands

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Corrupting 419 victims

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Why some victims don't immediately grasp their criminal involvement

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419's disguised as an honest deal

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Crossing jurisdictions

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Money for terrorist?

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419, drugs, and money laundering

Victims are frustrated by lack of police action

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So what's a 419 victim to do?

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What does a Million Dollars weigh?

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The Black Dollar Scam

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Travel in West Africa - risky business

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The Ugly American - and European, and Australian, and ...

419 swindlers are absolutely convinced that their victims ask to be conned,

and only get what they deserve

 

The Ugly American - and European, and Australian, and ...

In 1958 William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick published The Ugly American.  It was an expose in novel form of American corruption and arrogance (especially arrogance) in Southeast Asia.  The title rapidly became a catchphrase to describe all Americans everywhere.  I know, because I was living in Europe in those days.

In places like Nigeria the feeling still prevails, fresh as ever.  Europeans are hated for historic reasons, Americans because we are the "haves" of their "have not" and we flaunt it.  Americans are very loose with their concept of  an inferior nation and it is reflected in their attitude; but aren't alone in this - it is a well-know trait of the  British, the French, and 1st world countries in general.

Add to this the fact that Nigerians have got to figure that since no one cares about what happens to them, why should they care about what happens to a bunch of "fat cats" in other countries?

If you have read Profile of a Con Artist, you know that swindlers have no conscience.  They are absolutely convinced that their victims ask to be conned, and only get what they deserve.  Taking into consideration what you have read so far on this page, you should be able to easily imagine what is going on in the thoughts of the Nigerian Scam Letter artists.  Words like lambs to the slaughter and shooting fish in a barrel come to mind.

However, Nigerian Scam Letters are not limited to the nationalities listed above.  With the advent of bulk email and email culling programs, email letters are sent out like like seeds on the wind.  It no longer matters where they fall and sprout.  Anyone with money is fair game.

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