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the Wire-Wire fraud
'Researchers learn about wire-fraud scam after Nigerian scammers infect themselves with their own malware.'
The researchers observed Wire-Wire scores of $5,000 to $250,000 with the average between $30,000-$50,000 from small- and medium-sized businesses. The scammers themselves were "well-respected and admired" in their communities.

I've heard about this scam -- it's nasty, and worst of all, banks won't reimburse the losses.
scams  fraud  wire-wire  nigeria  malware  banking 
august 2016 by jm
For World’s Newest Scrabble Stars, SHORT Tops SHORTER
Nigeria's scrabble team are kicking ass with short-word strats.
“ ‘What would the robot do?’ is now the key question in Scrabble,” said Mr. Fatsis. Often, he said, the robot plays five letters: “There are inefficiencies in the game that you can exploit by having a mastery of those intermediate-length words.”
games  scrabble  nigeria  ai  word-play  strats 
may 2016 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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