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Nigerian Stars Fight 419 Scams With Pop Music

30 years ago, Nigerian Afrobeat legend and Pan-African activist Fela Kuti released the song 'Zombie,' a scathing attack on Nigeria's dictatorial and militaristic regime. The hottest new single (video after the break) to come out of Nigeria today, though, takes aim at a slightly less ambitious social ill: cyber-crime. Share 'Maga No Need Pay' is the latest pop song to make its way around West...

Economic Slump Hurting Nigerian Scammers, Too

We're all feeling the current recession -- whether by losing our jobs, having less play money in our accounts, or simply being able to hire three servants for what one cost three years ago. But it's not just Americans who get the pinch. Would you believe Nigerian scammers are having a hard time of it, too? The Washington Post claims that young Nigerian men have to double-time it make what they...

British Justice Secretary's Address Book Hacked by Nigerian Scammer

Oh, those Nigerian scammers -- they can be mighty crafty. Just a few days after finding out that one of their ranks managed to convince Citigroup to send him $27 million we find out that another scammer got a hold of the address book of a member of UK government, sending out fake e-mails to a variety of other upper-echelon members of state indicating he was trapped in Nigeria, had lost his wallet,...

Citigroup Banks Fall for $27 Million Nigerian Scam

Over the years, we've covered many, many Nigerian scams -- the sort where you'll get an e-mail out of the blue indicating that someone in Nigeria (or another nearby country) will wire you some amount of money if you give them your account information. Naturally, these hackers are just trying to rip you off, and we're hoping that you're wise to their game. We're horrified to learn that officials...

Nigerian 419 Scammer Busted on Facebook Chat

Those tricky Nigerian scammers are at again. This time, they are impersonating people on Facebook, according to AlleyInsider, and (surprise, surprise) they're asking for money. The formula of their scam hasn't changed -- it just has a more personal twist these days. While Facebook is pretty secure, hackers -- if they try hard enough -- can still hack into your account and get your info. Pay...

Man Loses $150,000 to Nigerian E-Mail Scammer

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. We apologize if that comes across as cynical -- we just want you to think twice next time someone calls and offers you gobs of money for no apparent reason. Take the sad case of John Rempel of Leamington, England. The man literally gave away his entire savings (along with most of his family's) to a person claiming that Rempel had...

Nigerian Scammers Hitting Up Facebook Users

We've covered the various Nigerian scams again and again, yet the hits keep coming as those crafty fraudsters come up with new ways to try to separate you from your cash illegally. The latest? Hijacking peoples' Facebook accounts and sending messages asking for money! Karina Wells, an Aussie Google employee, received a Facebook message from a friend claiming that friend was trapped in (where...