Why do Nigerian scammers say they are from Nigeria?
June 20th, 2012 by David Bradley >> 5 Comments
It’s obvious in retrospect, but Microsoft has now come up with a logical analysis to explain why we get so many scam emails and spam claiming to be from Nigeria.
Most of us recognise the far-fetched tales of West African riches just waiting to be released to our welcoming bank accounts as comical and either ignore them, blacklist the sender, or post humorous retorts on the web.
The Microsoft analysis suggests that making such an outlandish claim is an advantage to the scammer rather than a disadvantage. After all, most people will see straight through the scam for what it is. But, the truly, truly gullible will not. These people are their target audience. If they believe an email promising millions of dollars from the blessed widow of some obscure civil servant in Africa is genuine, then they will believe anything
The same could probably be said for those who subscribe to conspiracy theories about 9/11, the majority of those in the anti-vax movement, people who pay good money to have Reiki therapy, homeopathy, chiropractic etc. And, of course those who think the creation myths invented by humans and called religion represent a viable alternative explanation for reality.
You can read the full M$ report here: Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria?.