Since Ghana is a less corrupt country, they say, victims are more likely to enter into a business deal with a Ghanaian than a Nigerian.
The two say they own homes worth about a quarter million dollars each.
In 2011, the FBI received close to 30,000 reports of advance fee ploys, called “419 scams” after the section of the Nigerian criminal code that outlaws fraud.
The agency received over 4,000 complaints of advance fee romance scams in 2012, with victim losses totaling over million.
They called these cons “Yahoo” jobs, pronounced Ya-OO.
“We go on the internet…We start making friend with you,” Danjuma says, explaining that they trawl Facebook and dating websites incessantly, looking for lonely women with money to spare.
Yes, Nigerian scam artists, like the ones who send you emails purporting to be from an African prince who will pay you to help him move million into your country, and all you have to do is give him your bank account number.
I told Michael I wanted to interview his scammer friends. But I figured I’d be doing a public service by distracting the scammers from conning old folks for a couple hours.
“We are not scared of any minister or president,” Danjuma says, his words slightly slurred by the third 20-ounce bottle of Star.He did not send money for me.” “Because you love me, then you say, ‘Okay,'” Sheye interrupts. I keep on enjoying with my girls here.” He laughs wildly.Over the past decade or so, the United States has cracked down on Nigerian Internet scams.If the mark is worthwhile, the scammer works up “a level of trust,” Danjuma continues.“Maybe the person doesn’t have a husband, and the person is looking for a husband in Nigeria.It involves a taxi cab, a “juju man,” magic charms, and a huge bag of cash (and it’s way too complicated to explain here).