No Honor Among Thieves: Woman Scams Nigerian Scammers Out Of $33k

from the trust-issues dept

With so much focus on Nigerian-based scams, many Nigerian scammers now seek to use middlemen to help with things like bank accounts to keep suspicion levels lower. There are plenty of stories of people in the US, Europe and elsewhere who take "jobs" that involve having a local bank account through which scam money flows to Nigeria -- where they're allowed to keep a percentage of the cash. Often, they are not otherwise involved or knowledgeable about the scam.

That appears to be the case with one woman in Australia, who has now gotten in trouble... because she scammed the scammers out of $33k while managing the pass through bank account (found via Slashdot). She apparently had no idea of the scam that was going on (involving bogus online used car sales), but decided to keep some extra amounts of money. Of course, when some of those scammed in the car deal sought to track down the scammers... the focus shifted to her, where her own thievery from the thieves was discovered.

The story notes that the woman has now pled guilty to "aggravated fraud," though it's unclear if the fraud was for the original fraud from her "bosses" in the Nigerian scam ring... or for scamming the scammers themselves. Somehow I doubt they would press charges.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Filed Under: fraud, nigerian scam, scams


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • This comment has been flagged by the community. Click here to show it
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 4:30am

    What does this have to do with piracy?

    I demand my piracy apologist news!!!

    This blog gone to hell in the past 12 hours.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 4:43am

      Re:

      And all it took was one washed up lead singer of a band no one cares about raging and asking if he could sue.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

      • This comment has been flagged by the community. Click here to show it
        identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:16am

        Re: Re:

        I love it when Mike Masnick- the guy that constantly pimps the word 'censorship'- considers pointed satire unacceptable and throws down his censor hammer.

        reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • icon
          That Anonymous Coward (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:21am

          Re: Re: Re:

          You would of course be referring to the hidden comment, which if you actually had the ability to read and understand words, clearly states it was flagged by the community of readers and not the owner of the site.

          But thanks for playing, here's a cup of ramen as your parting gift.

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

          • This comment has been flagged by the community. Click here to show it
            identicon
            Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:35am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            hahahahahaha

            Do you know how many "flags" it takes for the readers of this site to actually censor a comment themselves?

            The "reported" comment above was the first response to Masnick's post; there weren't enough members "of the community" online to get that post "reported" in the time it took to be censored.

            Masnick got his diaper in a twist about its incredibly accurate satire and censored it himself.

            Because he's a gigantic, slimy, hypocritical douchebag.

            reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

            • icon
              DannyB (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:37am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              You can always start your own blog filled with your insightful content.

              There are no gatekeepers stopping you.

              Oh, wait. That's what you are upset about.

              reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

            • icon
              That Anonymous Coward (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 7:56am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              No Mr. Owl how many licks does it take to get past the lollipop up your ass?

              So how many people have to report it before it goes buhbye?

              It was the first post, and it was uncensored for quite a while, I know I've been on and off the site all morning. While there are not people posting on every article, the site does have many people reading it, but unlike you if they don't have anything to add they don't hit reply and just vomit up the rambling thoughts from the voices in their heads.

              You seem to be hung up on diapers, maybe if you focused some of your energies on being a big boy you could learn to not need your own diaper any more.

              But then I've given you what you wanted, you feel all empowered because we bothered with you. That sad excuse for a reproductive organ is all engorged and your excited. As most people you ever will attempt to be naked infront of will ask you... Does that come in the adult size?

              Does it bother you that your entire life revolves around spouting off on things not related to actual issues but instead you can only feel good about yourself if your putting someone else down? Honestly, how crappy your life must be that this is the source of all of your joy...

              And mean old me, telling you everything you already know... because your a short story and we've wasted to much time on you already.

              reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

            • icon
              Gwiz (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 9:53am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              ...there weren't enough members "of the community" online to get that post "reported" in the time it took to be censored.

              How the heck would you know that? This blog has A LOT of readers.

              Paranoid much?

              reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

            • icon
              Jeffrey Nonken (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 12:24pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              And you STILL missed the point that the comment is still viewable. As evidenced by the fact that there's a reply thread.

              P.S. I don't think that word means what you think it means.

              reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

          • identicon
            Brendy, 24 Feb 2012 @ 9:31am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Another great example of the Streisand Effect at work here...

            reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • icon
          Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:25am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Point #1 - The community censored the pointless/baseless comment.
          Point #2 - Mike or the community can censor all they want legally, albeit can provide detractors and critics a (desperate/inaccurate) accusation of injustice...the government, not so much.

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • icon
          Trails (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 6:39am

          Re: Re: Re:

          I agree, the Masnickian Constitution, drafted by his forefathers in the 1800s clearly states in the first amendment:

          Masnick shall make no comment rating respecting an establishment of obvious trolling, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of morons to make strawmen, or of the shills to posit false dichotomies; or the right of the people peaceably to conflate a website with the government, and to petition the Masnick for a redress of grievances.

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • icon
          MM_Dandy (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 7:20am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Some censorship. All I had to do was click the notice to see it - the notice that reads Click to show it.

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

        • identicon
          Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 10:44am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Funny how you use the word "censorship" yet you apparently have no idea what it means. If that comment was censored, how was I able to read it, hmm? Answer that, trolltard.

          reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • icon
      DannyB (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 5:31am

      Dueling HR departments

      Imagine the battle between the HR departments of RIAA and MPAA members to hire this woman!

      She is uniquely qualified to be in charge of distributing funds to artists.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 4:52am

    She liked scamming so she put a scam in a scam so she could get money while getting money.

    Plus i think she was on a pirate ship while doing this therefore totally Techdirt worthy.

    Hazzar

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 24 Feb 2012 @ 5:08am

    When I read the article the Nigerians running the scam were the ones who contacted the police...

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Dc Utopia, 24 Feb 2012 @ 12:17pm

    Info

    VIsa 4744 7900 6024 3754 exp 0815

    Anthony R Walker
    1219 Argyle Avenue
    Baltimore MD 21217

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Ben, 22 Oct 2012 @ 8:28pm

    Thats funny

    Oh the irony. The Irony I tell ya.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Close

Add A Reply

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

Introducing the new Techdirt Insider Chat, now hosted on Discord. If you are an Insider with a membership that includes the chat feature and have not yet been invited to join us on Discord, please reach out here.

Loading...
Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it
Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.