And in Australia
I just saw on the news here that three Nigerians had been arrested for running what seems to be a similar business e-mail scam that netted them $3 million.
A Nigerian scumbag will be spending the next five years in an American clink after pleading guilty to operating an email phishing scam targeting businesses around the world. Onyekachi Emmanuel Opara was given a 60-month sentence and ordered to pay $2.5m in restitution after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and …
The fine may seem small, but the companies who were affected by the scam will file civil suits against the men to get their money back. Not only will the companies be awarded what was taken, but it's likely punitive damages will be awarded as well.
When all is said and done, along with legal fees, these guys will be lucky to have any money left. Even if they had $20 mil in the bank before the scam.
The surprising thing to me - other than the fact there's actual jail time - is that scamming seems to work.
Though it does look a bit more clever than George Adgwgwgwnengo- exploiting the ignorance surrounding third party contracts, there's many lessons businesses could find in that.
The dating scam mentioned at the end is pretty sad though. I just assume it's horny idiots doing anything for a pretty face. And there's no shortage of them... Even if there's a shortage of pretty faces who would talk to them in the first place!
I'm glad the scammer are doing time, but I don't have much sympathy for the scammed.
Maybe if you were scammed then you'd have more sympathy for the victims?
I once received an e-mail from a friend who asked me to purchase some CDs for their niece as they were out of the country on Biz and had forgotten to send a birthday gift. While it sounded pretty legit knowing my friend who travels a lot, I decided to send him a new e-mail to confirm the original e-mail which turned out to be bogus. His PC / e-mail / address book had been hacked while traveling and everyone in the address book received the same scam. While the loss would not have been tens of thousands of dollars, a similar scam could have netted many thousands. IMO these crims should spend a minimum of 10 years in prison and be forced to repay treble damages and be fined millions - which should keep them in poverty for the rest of their worthless lives.
am I going to get my $10 million or not now?
I can arrange to have it sent to you. Please email me with your name, address, date of birth, a scan of your driving licence or passport. I will need to charge you a modest admin fee - get that to me via Western Union and we can get the ball rolling.
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