back to article Three Nigerians sentenced to 235 years in prison for online scamming

A court in Mississippi has sentenced three Nigerian men to 235 years in prison for running online scams that duped people out of tens of millions of dollars. Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison today, with associates Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, getting 115 years and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, getting …

  1. J.Smith

    Talent pool

    HSBC et al are missing a trick, there's obviously an untapped pool of talent they could be using. These guys have the nous and morals.

    1. TheVogon Silver badge

      Re: Talent pool

      "getting 115 years"

      Seems a tad excessive for fraud. No to mention pointless unless we invent immortality at some point soon.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Talent pool

        Those are 115 Nigerian years, so they'll be out soon!

        1. TheVogon Silver badge

          Re: Talent pool

          "Those are 115 Nigerian years, so they'll be out soon!"

          Surely they are 115 American years?

      2. wayward4now
        Big Brother

        Re: Talent pool

        Try life plus 3 days. If you were convicted of three murders, the state couldn't let your body go for 9 days. that puts a new spin on the term "put on ice".

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I expect they're emailing out their pleas for bail money to thousands of yahoo addresses even now.

    1. Ole Juul Silver badge

      Reply-To:

      Princetrustme@bighouse.gov

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "The international police force said the reason the area is such a hive of online criminality is because of low employment prospects in the region for computer specialists."

    It's possible that cause and effect might be t'other way about.

  4. JLV Silver badge

    >low employment prospects in the region for computer specialists

    sending e-mails, receiving e-mails, deleting e-mails. Using a mouse, mices, using mice. Clicking, double clicking. The computer screen, of course. Uploading pictures of hotties from somewhere. Finding gullible idjits.

    Huuuuge skills, I tell you.

    That said, 95 years seems a bit on the nuclear option end of things, doesn't it?

    1. Andrew Jones 2

      Re: >low employment prospects in the region for computer specialists

      ...damn you.... now I have to go and watch that episode!

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  5. Andrew Jones 2

    Well I mean if we are dealing in nonsense and highly impractical sentences - then they might as well each of been fined 90 quadrilion trillion billion potatoes or something....

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      I was sort of expecting a total sentence of 419 years

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Michael H.F. Wilkinson ...... well they were part of a 21 man gang. If the rest are treated more leniently and get 10 or 11 years each then a total of 419 is eminently possible, indeed certain if I were the judge.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Some say it's a scam

    Others say it's a tax on the stupid

    Happy with the sentences though.

    1. TheVogon Silver badge

      Re: Some say it's a scam

      "Others say it's a tax on the stupid"

      I thought that was what the National Lottery was for!

  7. td97402

    Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

    Got an email just this morning from a barrister out of London. He was trying to convince me that his client, now deceased, has left a whole pile of money in the bank and there's no known next of kin. But my name is pretty close, so we should just go ahead and clash m it for me to keep the bankers from taking the money for themselves. Of course there will be some fees to get all the proper papers and documentation done...

    1. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

      Unlikely the barrister is actually in London. For starters, barristers don't do that sort of work, it is done by solicitors.

      1. VinceH Silver badge
        WTF?

        Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

        Wait - are you saying it's not legit?

        1. katrinab Silver badge

          Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

          Obviously it isn't legit, but also, it clearly comes from someone who doesn't know how things work in England.

          1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

            Re: Not just the Nigerian's Anymore

            "... it clearly comes from someone who doesn't know how things work in England."

            Some low level clerk at Whitehall?

  8. Long John Brass Silver badge
    WTF?

    HELO DEEREST FRIED

    MY UNCLE OLADIMEJI SEUN WAS SENTENCED TO 95 YEAR IN PRIISON TODAY ALONG WITH MY COUSIN RASAQ ADEROJU RAHEEM FOR 115 YEAR

    THEY HAVE LEFT ME WITH **ONE HUNDREDS AND FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS** THAT I NEED TO GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY

    ALL I NEED FROM YOU MY DEEREST FRIEND IS.....

    1. caffeine addict Silver badge

      Re: HELO DEEREST FRIED

      Damn you - I came here to make the same joke. Have my +1 you early waking git.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: HELO DEEREST FRIED

        You, me, and about a thousand other commentards, I suspect. Kudos to OP for not only getting in early, but also doing it with such thoroughness (rather than the throwaway one line I would have posted).

    2. LDS Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: HELO DEEREST FRIED

      Well, actually, that may be far closer to truth than their usual scams... if investigators didn't catch the whole ring and recovered the money, there will be accomplices trying to hide their tracks and the money....

  9. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    This used to be played by Mexicans on Americans.

    and vice-versa to a certain extent.

    Came across the "damsel in distress" scam in a book on con games written in the 50's

    Human gullibility seems to be a commodity that remains in abundant supply.

    And before anyone gets to feeling too morally indignant with Brexit coming and the possibility the UK Finance industry could head en-mass to Frankfurt or Paris perhaps UK readers might like to consider some alternative ways to raise a bit of extra money?

  10. PeterM42
    Thumb Up

    I like the US style......

    SERIOUS sentences, not the "smack on the wrist" that would be meted out in the UK.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: I like the US style......

      And for how long will they actually stay behind bars?

      1. patrickstar

        Re: I like the US style......

        The rest of their lives.

        Their mistake was not getting a plea bargain. Then they would be out in 10 or 20 years perhaps.

      2. wayward4now
        Mushroom

        Re: I like the US style......

        "And for how long will they actually stay behind bars?"

        Here in the states you do 85% of your active sentence behind bars and 15% on probation. Thank you Bill and Hillary Clinton, who wanted children to be treated the same way, including life sentences with no chance for parole.

  11. DeadPool

    Capital punishment is more appropriate

    The Americans might better deter Nigerians if they used Chinese-style punishment for fraud - i.e. death penalty

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