Here's the story of a guy
caught up in the "419" scam. It's hard to believe people still fall for this, but then again I still get 1-2 emails a day from grief-stricken widows and unscrupulous bank managers looking to declare me the next of kin.
There's an old saying, that you can't cheat an honest man. I agree. One of the hallmarks of 419 scams is an indication that the transaction is of dubious legality.After the Syms check proved false and Mbote failed to send a replacement, Worley told him that their partnership was over. A few days later, though, he began receiving e-mails from someone claiming to be Mohammed Abacha, the eldest surviving son of Nigeria’s late dictator General Sani Abacha, who reputedly stole billions from the Nigerian treasury. Mohammed Abacha told Worley that Joshua Mbote had been operating surreptitiously on the Abacha family’s behalf, but had bungled so badly that Abacha decided to step forward.
If it seems too good to be true, it is. Just to show what a dupe this guy is:When I asked Worley what he wished he had done differently, he didn’t answer directly. Instead, he spoke about hoping that the Abachas would get back in touch with him. However, before they could resume work on the multimillion-dollar transfer, he expected them to send the six hundred thousand dollars that he needs for restitution.