Baiting the Nigerian 419 Money Scammers
The First Approach
Of course you never see these promised millions. Many people have believed the story and lost loads of their own money. Some have even lost their lives trying to recover their money.
Where is the sting?
What is this Baiting
Let's be clear here. Some people think I have made up this correspondence. But it is real. These fraudsters - nearly always Africans - really exist (their names are fake obviously) and they keep responding.
It's important to remember what's going on: this is not a case of making childish fun of simple thieves (although that bit is quite good). These people are, quite simply, outright criminals. There is only one reason why they engage in conversation with you: they intend to steal your money. And beyond the $200 million they extract annually from gullible and greedy victims (FBI statistics), news reports strongly suggest that some of those who are foolish enough to be lured to meetings with the fraudsters are robbed, kidnapped, and even murdered.