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Nigerian scam victims should be locked up

Says Nigeria
Fri Aug 22 2008, 09:54

VICTIMS OF THE NIGERIAN SCAM should be locked up and not pitied according to a Nigerian diplomat.

The Nigerian high commissioner to Australia, Olu Agbi has made the point that people who are ripped off by the scams are just as guilty as the fraudsters and should be jailed.

Professor Olu Agbi said it was "greedy" Australians who tried to take part in these crimes - even though they are scams.

Agbi said that people who ignored repeated warnings not to deal with shady characters on the internet deserved no sympathy.

He added that media coverage of fraud coming from Nigeria had given the country "a bad image". It made it really hard to do business with the country. Of course the fraud itself had nothing to do with it, just the media talking about it.

Agbi said that the Nigerian Government frowned on these scams and every day tried to track down those who are involved.

He added that there were 140 million people in Nigeria and fewer than 0.1 per cent were involved, which, to be honest sounds to us like a fairly big industry and finding someone taking part in a scam would not be that difficult.

However we have to admit that he does have a point. After all, the whole concept of the Nigerian scam is that a mark will make a lot of cash by robbing the Nigerian government and laundering money.

Not something respectable people do. µ

Sydney Morning Herald


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