Sunday, December 10, 2006

419 scams: headline news again!

Blogging on this wasn’t on my mind, but seeing as many Nigerians are really upset about it and some of my friends weren’t even aware about what’s going on, I decided to.
There are couple of blogs on it with lots of interesting views and comments see Biodun, Grandiose Parlor, and Davidylan, they’ve virtually said almost there is to say about it.
I got the comment below from one of Grandiose Parlor’s links and it caught my eye, because there were lots of things to it. Make of it what you will…..

PLEASE READ TO END, AND HAVE A LAUGH.....Everyday we get pop-ups telling us we
have won millions of dollars if only we click on this or that, or some say send
$29.95 to receive your million dollar, and what do we call this? The ENRON CEO
scammed his own employees…etc, etc….I CAN GO ON AND ON……are these not all scams?
Your own President scammed you into believing you were fighting a JUST war and
killing all your innocent children, AGAIN ALL SCAMS TO GET OIL! and you guys
think we are fools, you are the fool for falling into such an outplayed
scam......this was going on before my great-grandmother was even born, so please
try some other news. Focus on the HUNGER in DARFUR, and other places in the
world like OPRAH SAID, Focus on health issues around the world, and you are
focusing on NIGERIAN SCAMS??? This news was a BIIIIGGGG JOKE! I cannot believe
that 20/20 dedicated it's precious time on such a documentary, this shows how
foolish (MUGUISH) the american media is, always trying to impose their way of
life on others. How ironic that you did a documentary on North Korea and their
way of life, then right after that on Nigerian scams....FACE IT! YOU DO NOT OWN
THE WORLD!!! PEOPLE have their own way of life, and if making you guys the MUGUS
is part of it, then there is no one to blame. I WONDER WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS
IS AN ISSUE, WE KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE TRIED TO SUCK IRAQ DRY FROM THEIR OIL, PLEASE
DO NOT TRY THAT IN NIGERIA, BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL. NIGERIA
HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE TOP OIL PRODUCERS, AND WE KNOW WHERE YOU GUYS ARE
GETTING TO. IT'S AN OLD POLITICs TRICK, BUT WE ARE IN THE GAME, SO PLEASE TRY
TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT IN THE NEWS!!!!! WE WILL NOT SHARE OUR
OIL!! MUGUS!!!!!!
Posted by: MUGU:-0 Dec 9, 2006 5:42:24 PM


And the stereotyping continues…Nigerians – scam artists, Muslims – Terrorists. I wonder what the combination of these 2 will do to Nigeria in the future.

Come on you guys cheer up, what’s there to be embarrassed about, if people want to be stereotypical that Nigerians are 419 scammers, I think Americans should be embarrassed too for being greedy…abi is it not so.

But at the same time we still need to do something about it, because all of us are paying the price in one form or another. Just this week one of my friends was told by her Palestinian friend to leave the room when he was about to make a purchase with his debit/credit card online. A while back another of my friend was involved in a case of mistaken identity.

For all non-Nigerians, scammers are not celebrated in Nigeria, only the scammers celebrate what they’ve achieved.

6 comments:

imnakoya said...

Thanks for the link. It is important to emphasize that Scammers are not celebrated in Nigeria.

Nilla said...

You're welcome.
It would be nice if the Nigerian government or media would say something about that, cos knowing how gullible people are when it comes to the media...its not going to be just the regular stereotype of "Nigerians are scammers", it will also be "Nigerians celebrate scammers"

azuka said...

It's interesting to note that as naturally distrusting people, most of these scams are transparent to the typical Nigerian.

Only the greedy ones in Nigeria ever get caught by get-rich-quick schemes, and the same happens outside.

Chukwudi said...

Well placed points that speak to the hearts of most Nigerians. That's why regardless of Nigerian inadequacies; I'm happy Nigeria has started making efforts directing PR campaigns to the rest of the world, highlighting good qualities. Hopefully that would, among other plans, improve economic growth, our currency demand, consequentially creating some middle class. Then we can deal with more problems.

Nilla said...

@ Azuka,
Yeah GREED. the greedy ones are enabling this act.

@ Chukwudi,
We most definitely need to highlight the good.

Anthony Abimbola said...

moDo the scammers force money off them? Is it not a matter of cunny man die- cunny man bury am?
When you want sudden and fast multiplication of wealth, that's what you get yourself into.

I even heard of a heart surgeon who lost a huge sum to the scammers. If he hadn't looked for a way of instantly increasing his money, this won't happen.
I agree totally with dealing with the scammers, but why not also attend to those that aid it too due to their wanton greed.
It's a simple case - don't buy the product, and the producers will close shops. Shikena!