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....