Harvard Prof. Scams Friends, Students To Pay Nigerian Scammers
from the scam-within-a-scam dept
Amazing. You always wonder what sort of people are taken in by Nigerian 419 scams. They seem like such obvious scams, and there's been so much press coverage about them that you wonder who could possibly still fall for them. Apparently, the answer is a former Harvard professor and AIDS/cancer researcher. After falling for one such Nigerian scam, he proceeded to scam friends, colleagues and even students out of $600,000. He claimed he was setting up a SARS research center in China (this was at the height of the SARS scare), when he was really funneling that money to Nigerian scammers so he could get his share of a non-existent $50 million prize. Apparently, like some other 419 victims, this scientists still refuses to admit that his Nigerian contacts were scamming him.