Originally Posted by shadowgun
Actually, Nigerian scams are DESIGNED to be obvious. Why? So that they, the scammers, can identify the truly gullible ones out there to target. Just consider it the Craigslist gullible filter.
I think you may have something there. I do think they pray on the weakest and poorest among us.
The most common scam that seems to work is the "I am sending you a bank check which I already had for another sale, it is a too much money, can you send me change via Western Union, and I will give you $200 for your trouble?"
In the US you can deposit a paper dinner napkin with $5000 written on it, and your bank will show it as available until it does not clear -- so they work in this window.
They only need one person in 10000 to fall for it.
my posts have an expiration date - read 'em quick!
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