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Ex-surgeon duped into being €100k drug mule
Oh man. This is so sad:

Soriano, who had travelled to Ireland from Bogota via Panama and Paris, told customs officials that a red bag he was carrying contained a gift for banking officials which would facilitate the transfer of a $2.3m inheritance from a long-lost relative he had never heard of until recently. He was very co-operative with the officials and agreed to allow them x-ray and examine the bag. It was found to contain 1.86kg of cocaine in three packets.

Sgt Finnegan said gardaí were initially sceptical that Soriano could have fallen for the scam but, as interviews went on, they became aware that there were underlying issues. Gardaí found documentation that Soriano had printed out about other phishing scams. He said that he knew they were scams but he was lonely and would respond to them for “a little bit of fun”. Sgt Finnegan said that, despite this, he remained adamant that the inheritance was still due to be claimed.


Bizarrely not the first prominent surgeon to fall victim to 419 scammers.
419  scams  cocaine  smuggling  surgeons  phishing  dementia 
may 2016 by jm
Who Made That Nigerian Scam? - NYTimes.com
The history behind the 419 advance-fee fraud scam.
According to Robert Whitaker, a historian at the University of Texas, an earlier version of the con, known as the Spanish Swindle or the Spanish Prisoner trick, plagued Britain throughout the 19th century.
nigerian-scam  419  aff  scams  spam  fraud  history 
january 2014 by jm
BBC News on Colin Powell dancing to Yahoozee
The Beeb definitely takes it too far with this one; the song isn't clearly about 419 at all
yahoozee  yahoo  bbc  hip-hop  spam  colin-powell  419  nigeria 
august 2009 by jm
background on Yahoozee
bit of controversy about Colin Powell dancing (!) to a song that promotes the "Yahoo boys", 419 scammers -- but it doesn't sound like that's the case, going by this post
419  scams  fraud  spam  nigeria  colin-powell  yahoo  yahoozee 
august 2009 by jm

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