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As It Stands: Why Nigeria became the scam capital of the world - Times-Standard
Posted On 02/12/2012 02:56:08 by lagosadmin
If you've ever received an e-mail from someone asking you to help them claim a fortune, chances are that someone was in Nigeria. They hoped you were greedy and stupid enough to go along with their bogus offer. Why Nigeria? How did this African nation become scam central for the entire planet? I looked into that question, and here's what I found: Not all scams originate in Nigeria. They just seem to be more persistent there. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa (158,423,180 as of 2010). International population estimates say 65 percent of Nigeria's citizens live on less than $1 a day. If that isn't incentive for crime, nothing is. It's a “short con” that can be carried out cheaply with limited Internet access.[Finish Article ]

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