Story Of A 419 Victim
from the greedy-greedy-greedy dept
I still can't believe people fall for Nigerian 419 scams any more. The scam has been around for ages, and I get about five such scam emails every day. You have to have been living in a hole not to know about them, but apparently there are still plenty of people (with lots of excess cash to throw away) who fall for it every day. While authorities estimate that the vast majority of 419 scam victims never admit what happened (mostly out of embarrassment for their own greed), it appears the press has found someone in Singapore who's willing to admit just how greedy he was. He fell for a typical 419 scam, and lost about $200,000 (US) - some of which he'd borrowed. He's now trying to sell his house. He seems to realize how stupid the whole thing was - or, at least - his wife is making sure he realizes: "My wife said I use the handphone so much that my brain is damaged. I think she's right. She said my eyes can see only the dollar signs."