Nigerian Money Scam
“This seems to be a dumb scheme to scare away the noob population...”
The so called "Nigerian Money Scam" or "419 Scam" is in fact, not a scam at all, but rather yet another grave African social problem. The actual fact of the matter is that there are a large number of extremely wealthy Africans who are desperate to move money out of Africa using non-traditional channels. Sadly, they are unable to do so due apathetic disinterest of people living in other parts of the world towards the plight of these suffering African millionaires. As with African AIDS orphans and famine victims, the rest of the world has a long history of ignoring the plight of Africa in general, and once again simply turn a blind eye rather than take action to ease the suffering of the vast number of needy African millionaires.
Africa is famous for its oil, diamonds, gold mines, and other natural resources, so it should come as no surprise to observers that there is a great deal of wealth to be
extorted exported. Similarly, given the history of colonialism in the region, that entrenched bureaucracies and corrupt officials are maliciously preventing these vast sums of money from leaving their countries through normal channels should not be a surprise to anyone; as they also through bureaucratic mismanagement deny food to the starving.
The vast majority of both ordinary westerners and even so-called "experts" in the media have referred to the very generous pleas for assistance from rich Nigerians as "scams". This is most likely due to a combination of apathy, entrenched cultural disinterest, and racism.
As they continue to be ignored by the West, the Africans millionaires and those who oversee this wealth are becoming more and more desperate to divest themselves of the great burden their unimaginable wealth presents to them. This is evidenced by the ever-increasing number of offers received, vehemently beseeching some form of relief. It is likely, however, that soon, disheartened by the lack of response from Westerners, Europeans, Australians and other first-world foreigners; they will give up and succumb to the inevitable; being driven by desperate circumstance to start trying to find other means of exporting / divesting themselves of their massive, encumbering wealth; resorting possibly, to doing so in giant porcelain doll heads. If that does in fact happen, the West will have once again turned it's back on Africa during it's time of greatest need, as well as lost out on a truly great opportunity.
In an interesting new twist, many West African millionaires have discovered that the most successful way to dispose of unwanted wealth is by setting up a state lotteries. In this way, many thousands of Europeans and Americans have received unexpected winnings from games of chance that they were unaware that they had even entered. All this for merely returning an email with their bank details and the maiden name of their mother. If you are fortunate enough to receive such an email, remember that a prompt reply will ease the burden of riches inflicting misery on the life of an unsuspecting Nigerian.
Similarly, should Lieutenant Kgabo Nsofwa of the Johannesburg Customs and Excise contact you about a suitcase seized at Oliver Thambo Airport - do not be alarmed. Although Lieutenant Nsofwa may hint that the suitcase contains many tens of millions of Rand and that your name an address is on the baggage label - this is NOT TRUE. The money was deposited by a Ghanaian oligarch groaning under the weight of his own income and desperate to spread some of the attendant unhappiness in your direction. Be charitable! Confirm the addresses of your bank and your account number, it's the Christian way.