Why email scammers say they’re from Nigeria?

Solved: Nigerian scams deliberately designed to target stupid people.

Study finds the “basic” nature of scam is a cost effective system. If you think a scam email is a scam, congrats, you’re not the target.

A terminally ill Nigerian prince or director of a massive corporation contacts you urgently asking you to move a large sum of money, promising you can keep a share.

All you need to do is provide your credit card number and banking PIN. It looks like a scam, sounds like a scam – it is a scam.

But who on earth actually believes these things? If you’ve ever wondered why these scams are so blatant, here’s why If you, like thousands of others, were just too smart for your attacker and saw through the tricky plot – it simply means that you were never the target anyway.

It seems to work. Just last year a Nigerian man was jailed for 12 years after scamming US$1.3 million.

In 2008 an Oregon woman lost $400k to a similar scam. So next time you open a scam email and think to yourself: “Why bother?” live happy in the knowledge you’re not the target market.