In Nigeria, scamming people online is a common practice. While most scammers keep their true identities a secret from their victims, Social Catfish’s founders, David McClellan and Moe Meyers had the unique opportunity of talking directly with a Nigerian scammer, via video chat. Read along or watch the video below and discover one Nigerian man’s secret tricks to hook his victim!
Nigerian Scammer Interview
How do scammers find out your social media passwords and hack into your account(s)?
David and Moe get straight to the point, how exactly does he do it? In this scammers case, he sends his online victims a link, which then invades their system and collects their social media details – including password, username, email, phone number. Not only does he use this hack, he theorizes that about 78% of the people who hack from Nigeria also have this technology.
How Do They Get the Money?
Some scammers request money be sent to them in envelopes or boxes, as they’re pretending to be stranded businesspersons who need help (while visiting another county). However, since the post office or customs can seize money, other scammers request wire transfer through money Gram. David asks this Nigerian scammer how he gets this money withdrawn, and he explains that he offers the Money Gram teller kickbacks, like a Coke.
Mostly, (98% of the time) he has the victims send money to someone in the United States, so they’ll be less suspicious, and then the money is forwarded to him. This is worth it, as it can potentially make him $20K in 3 months! On an average slow day, he makes about $50 a day.
Are You the Only One They’re Scamming?
It is sometimes theorized that scammers develop feelings for their victims, as the message or text such romantic words. While this might sometimes be true, this scammer explains that he often talks to around 40 people at a time.
This means that, if you’re scammed, you are only one of many being taken advantage of! These conversations often coincide, as the scammer texts back and forth the online victims he’s tricking! This is why scammers try and get you off dating apps before their accounts are caught and deleted.
Is there any length they won’t go to? No.
They’ll even send wedding rings to wealthy victims, so they seem legitimate and then can further mess with their minds, with the end goal always being money! In the video, we see two other examples- how they alter video with their voice and a heartbreaking video of a woman who fell in love with his catfished personality.
How This Ties Into The Government
Although this scammer’s parents don’t even know he’s a scammer, the average salary his parents make is only about $200 monthly, if they’re also paid adequately at all. As Nigeria is a 3rd world country, the government continues to slash salaries and sometimes only pays the government employees once they riot or picket! While this scammer has electricity daily (until midnight), many people in Nigeria lack electricity in their homes or at work.
Are You Their Perfect Type?
Sadly for victims, the people the scammers target generally fall into three categories: Depressed, Divorced, Widowed.
Why They’re So Successful
Nigerian scammers use human’s innate desire to find love, to trick them out of money. It’s easy and continues to be profitable, plus the government looks the other way. They will continue to pretend to form (fake) close connections through online love affairs when they’re only in search of cash!
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