It seems that when we post stories about Nigerian 419 scams, there's occasionally some controversy over how prevalent the scams really are or how serious the government is about cracking down on the scams. Of course, at the same time, many feel that those caught in the scams deserve what they get, so they find it hard to sympathize with the idea that the scammers are doing anything wrong. Still, it does seem like the scams are quite common, and a Fortune reporter seems to have found a cybercafe full of the scammers, while noting that the "WE DO NOT TOLERATE SCAMS IN THIS PLACE" sign on the door is basically a joke. People point out that, no matter how often the Nigerian government promises to shut down scammers, almost no one seems to care in some parts of Nigeria. The threat of being caught is small, with the potential punishment (for the few who are caught) being almost meaningless. As for those involved, it's the best job available by far: "It is my God-given talent," notes one scammer.
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