Saturday, June 28, 2008

Say Bye-Bye to the Nigerian Check Scam...

Greetings My Friend... I Want to Rip You Off.

If you have e-mail, I'm sure you're familiar with the Nigerian Check Scam. You know, "I am a Nigerian Prince, and I need you to cash a check for me, and I'll give you $5 Million to do it. Nevermind that the guy doesn't even know you, people still fell for it anyway. Well, the ring has been broken up, and it stretched all the way to the US.

Edna Fiedler of Washington State for sentenced to 2 years in the clink for her part in the scam. After sending 15 postal inspectors to Nigeria, where they found $2.1 Billion in counterfeit checks, lottery tickets amd Ebay overcharges, it traced back to Fiedler, who had $1.7 million in fake checks sent by the Nigerians to process the scam. The victims (aka Idiots), would try to cash the check, send the majority of the money to Fiedler and the Nigerians, but would then be responsible for the entire amount once the fake check was discovered.

Two years seems like a real short time for running such a scam, but I'm not the Attorney General in Washington. Of course, with every loss of a scam, there are plenty of others willing to step in and take their place. Lesson for today? The are not free rides, and if it sounds like a scam, it is a scam....

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4 comments:

do not let me scam you moye said...

I am heading to Africa soon to Senegal then Sough Africa. Wonder if I can get a checked cashed then.

Mike Reino said...

Senegal? Yikes. Are you going to check out some long distance runners?

soon to be in senegal mg said...

No I do not want to go but Mr. Chevron needs me to keep the price of gas low. I am doing my civic duty also my Business Class seat is $10,500 not including the tax. Got to arrive fresh you know.

Mike Reino said...

How are you going this time - straight there, or via Beijing?