Western Union, for example, would not allow me to wire my Nigerian fixer an advance portion of his pay because, the operator told me, I was likely the victim of fraud.
Still, Nigerian fraudsters manage to dupe Americans into forking thousands of dollars over to complete strangers each year.
They say they’d make a lot more than that, but they blow much of their income entertaining “clients” in order to convince the victims they’re legit.
The agency received over 4,000 complaints of advance fee romance scams in 2012, with victim losses totaling over million.Ten years ago, Sheye and Danjuma, who are both in their mid-30s, say they could make up to 2 million naira—about ,000—per Yahoo job, but the “US are very wise” now, Sheye says.They typically only make about 0 per “client” these days, though they know other scammers who still rake in millions of naira through the email schemes.I just returned from a reporting trip to Nigeria, where I was traveling around the country talking to terrorism experts, nomadic cattle herders, and government officials about how global warming affects conflict in the country. As a newswire reporter focused on the terrorist group Boko Haram, he was able to provide crucial context for my story.But Michael* also grew up a “street boy,” meaning he was able to make fast friends in the slum villages and farming communities we visited.