(Ditto.) They asked to hire me out for a day for one of their cons because, they said, my white skin would bolster their credibility.
It involves a taxi cab, a "juju man," magic charms, and a huge bag of cash (and it's way too complicated to explain here).
Another go-to scam involves a taxi cab, a French man, a locked box filled with gold, and very expensive pliers.
He did not send money for me." "Because you love me, then you say, 'Okay,'" Sheye interrupts. I keep on enjoying with my girls here." He laughs wildly.
Over the past decade or so, the United States has cracked down on Nigerian Internet scams.
The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is tasked with cracking down on con men like these. The duo says they are able to skirt law enforcement because they have a lot of people on their payroll. They estimate that 30 percent of their earnings go to what they call "security"—that is, the payment of bribes.
"We are not scared of any minister or president," Danjuma says, his words slightly slurred by the third 20-ounce bottle of Star.
Maybe…you need a black man," he says, his down-sloping eyes very serious.
At that point, the scammer will start to "give [the victim] a process," promising to come visit her, but asking for money to take care of a few things first: "My car has problem," or "My father is in Italy.
In 2011, the FBI received close to 30,000 reports of advance fee ploys, called "419 scams" after the section of the Nigerian criminal code that outlaws fraud.