We've written about "Nigerian" 419 advance fee scams quite a bit around here -- sometimes pointing out how little has really been done to stop them. Now, a Nigerian Techdirt reader named Seun writes in to point out "A discussion by honest Nigerians about what they can do to reduce the incidence of scams coming from their country has been started on a large Nigerian Forum. Techdirt readers are invited to contribute to this discussion. 'We want to make the scams stop so we can be trusted again. We don't want to be left out of the Internet revolution taking place all over the world.' " Anyone have anything worthwhile to contribute? Personally, I'm in the middle of reading the book Drake's Fortune, which is about the equivalent of the 419 scam from nearly a century ago: people buying into the non-existent fortune from Sir Francis Drake's non-existent estate. It has all the elements of today's 419 scams -- and it went on for years and years, with some people never convinced they were actually conned (just like we hear about these days). It seems like there are always going to be these types of scams, and there are always more greedy and gullible suckers to fall for such scams.
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