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Crime really does pay... in Nigeria

When I was fourteen, I had dreams of becoming a millionaire. I wanted to live in a huge mansion, have one Porsche or Ferrari for each day of the week and live off Dr. Pepper and pizza. Well, it looks as though a fourteen year old boy in Nigeria had dreams of being a millionaire as well -- the only thing is that he actually became one.

Akin, a resident of Lago, Nigeria, is the main bread-winner for his family and he does so by scamming people over the Internet. He uses stolen credit cards to buy high dollar electronics and then has the items shipped to safe houses in Europe. Akin has figured out -- as have many of us who daily have to skip over Nigerian email scams -- that most Americans with enough going on upstairs aren't going to fall for Nigerian "deals" anymore. This explains the brief layover in Europe before the loot is actually shipped to Lagos. CNN Money/FORTUNE reports:

And he's not alone: The cafe is crowded most of the time with other teenagers, like Akin, working for a "chairman" who buys the computer time and hires them to extract e-mail addresses and credit card information from the thin air of cyberspace. Akin's chairman, who is computer illiterate, gets a 60 percent cut and reserves another 20 percent to pay off law enforcement officials who come around or teachers who complain when the boys cut school. That still puts plenty of cash in Akin's pocket.

Akin gets a 20% cut of the profits and still makes millions? That's quite a haul for someone his age. It's interesting that I know of another young man who started a thriving hardware review site at about age 14 and went to make quite a decent living, only he did it the legit way.

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So why do they need aid?
By OCedHrt on 5/24/2006 3:57:00 PM , Rating: 1
And so why do we need to send $$$ in aid when they can get it themselves? And they probably don't even have income tax.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Wahsapa on 5/24/2006 4:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
because the money they scam from people doesnt 'aid' africa in any way

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Zanfib on 5/24/2006 4:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
No, he's got a point (albeit not quite what he intended), the sentence about bribing officials says it all. I totally agree that I will never send another cent to anywhere in Africa, Asia, or South America until the money actually gets where it should go.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Madellga on 5/24/2006 4:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
You have no clue. Have you seen what is happening in Dafur?
It was even news on CNN earlier this week.

Donate money to UN, Medicine without Frountiers or the Red Cross. They have people in place distributing the aid. Check that out yourself.

There are people doing wrong stuff in every country in the planet, including USA. If we follow your logic, the nobody should have given money for the Katrina aftermath?
There was money donated even from a country from Middle East.....

Don't take the part for the whole....

RE: So why do they need aid?
By rushfan2006 on 5/24/2006 4:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
You have no clue. Have you seen what is happening in Dafur?

Well just hold on for a second before you think the other guy "has no clue". There is actually an entire book out on the subject of analyzing this very topic here about where does all that aid money REALLY go for 3rd world nations. Whole teams of researchers and fiscal analysts (re: anal bean counter types) have done some reporting and analyse and guess what. Over all if you look at the data, the money over the years -- re: BILLIONS (btw I can only say "billions" because that's all I can justify, the real number of donations is $2.4 TRILLION but I forget if that was for one decade, two decades or 4 decades).

Anyway, large portions....and I don't mean 20% here...I mean they are talking on scales of 60-80% of BILLIONS of dollars donated to various causes in third world nations do NOTHING to which they are intended for. Instead you have palaces being built, leaders driving $250k cars, their family living the life of royalty.

Do SOME charity money make it there...yes...some of it does...after all you got to keep up somewhat of a front right? And you have toss the naive and gullible something to show on TV or in a magazine to appease them so the dollars keep coming.

So yeah actually that guy DOES no more of what he's talking about than you do...ooooh you saw a report on CNN....well tons of researchers over years of field study say otherwise.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Pythias on 5/24/2006 6:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
How much money did the rest of the world give to New Orleans after Katrina?

RE: So why do they need aid?
By spindoc on 5/24/2006 4:34:25 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, I'm in total agreement here. How much time and money is wasted on these countries, and for what? They get aid from G8 countries to buy such things as computers and then they turn around and use them to steal from us? I'm so sick of all the comercials on TV... save the children, they can't afford school, they can't afford water, they can't afford this, that and the other. I have a question, who gives a shit. What purpose do they serve? Obviously, to steal from us, not to mention propagate disease. This annoys me so much, I don't even know what more to type to make my point.
I don't who I hate more, the useless disease spreaders on the far side of the globe or the winy activists on this sid e of the globe pleading their case. Just shut the hell up about them.
As a Canadian I'm sick of being labelled the nice guys. This artical clearly shows where nice guys finish....


RE: So why do they need aid?
By z3R0C00L on 5/24/2006 4:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
You're no Canadian.
Unless you're from Alberta... which by the way your comment comes across is pretty much a sure thing.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Geordanh on 5/24/2006 5:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
Spindoc you are the first fellow Canadian I've met who encompasses the full gamut of idiocy in regards to this stuff.

What makes them any less human and undeserving of the rights your fat ass enjoys?

Bloody North Americans...

RE: So why do they need aid?
By feraltoad on 5/24/2006 6:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ahem...Empirialism? No one did it better, Mate.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By spindoc on 5/24/2006 6:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't remember stating or even implying that they should be deprived of any rights as humans. Where does it say that in my post?

Don't bother posting anything more unless you have something more than insults to add. Unless you enjoy wasting others peoples time.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By Jynx980 on 5/24/2006 5:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
I am not sure which is more depressing; his trollish comment or that someone voted worth reading before I knocked it back down to two. Wow... just.. wow.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By dice1111 on 5/24/2006 5:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
Awe... Jymx980... by participating in the forum you've removed your rating. E for effort though, and I agree. Very weak. Especially from a fellow Canadian. I though we had more integrity then that. I guess there's always one sour grape.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By spindoc on 5/24/2006 5:53:36 PM , Rating: 2
Insults from the nice Canadians.... that is a surprise! I expected to be cut up my comments. Well, the truth hurts sometimes.

I was hoping for some intelligent replies as well though instead of just petty insults. Too bad.

I should comment on the Katrina relief fund while I'm at it. Since America is the land of the free, who forced all the residents of New Orleans to make their homes in a city that is below sea level in hurricane alley? That's called waiting for the inevitable. Based on trends the weather will only get worse in the area so I hope they are prepared for more. I also hope you are all ready with open wallets to help them out again... since they're all moved back in now (most).

Oh well, I guess I'm done... let the insults fly.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By nangryo on 5/24/2006 9:14:43 PM , Rating: 2
Actually by just babbling.. u could actually make a wolr better by not....

U know... kitchen knife is designed to be helpfull in the kitchen...., but sometimes they could be a murderer weapon..
It's not that we should'nt make a kitchen knife anymore shouldn't we?

Well... it's true that in this case.. the missuse of the money is more common.. But hey..., it's human world fella.
It's imperfect. So instead of babbling like bloddy - hell fellow.., why don't u just make your time to ask people to make a better way of this. Not just by going cynism in a rude manner.

I too.. was came from the 3rd country. What u said is just insulting. Actually we prefer not to take money from the likes of u. Money is not everthing u know.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By feraltoad on 5/24/2006 6:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Corrupt Aid Scams. Corrupt Governments. No population control programs in place anywhere. It is disgusting and can make anyone cynical. I've saw video from North Korea that this guy risks his life to send out of starving childen walking in the streets while a vendor sells the grain given for free to feed the starving on the BLACKMARKET, mostly to North Korean Soldiers. People need to fix their own governments. Anyone else tries to help out it goes to sh** because of corruption on both sides and the world sees selfish warmongers instead of well meaning liberators.

RE: So why do they need aid?
By LuxFestinus on 5/25/2006 1:18:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes feraltoad, the real problem is corrupt politics.

Another interesting thing is to look at the people that have tried to help directly and see where it got them (6ft under). There have been people who try to help that acquired diplomatic passports and everything. They get waxed the moment they start to actually make a change for the better for another countries citizens. You know why? The people's plight is all about power and control, about keeping them under a thumb. Any aid given goes to furthering this control also.

Sad really.:/ The moment the people are liberated then they are a threat to the political power structure. The powers that be know this.

You have 1 Millions new meaages
By techntoons on 5/24/2006 2:59:00 PM , Rating: 1
No surprise here. The internet is not only full of scammers but full of people stupid enough to fall for them. millionaire at 14 proves how these ideas do work and something needs to be done to stop these people. They fill our inbox, take hard earned money and then cost us even more to hunt them down. Man am I in the wrong business :)


RE: You have 1 Millions new meaages
By dice1111 on 5/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: You have 1 Millions new meaages
By rqle on 5/24/2006 5:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
when they compare millionaire it generally almost always in USD dollars. Billionaires comparison goes the same way, unless it state otherwise. common consenus throughout publication.

RE: You have 1 Millions new meaages
By MrSmurf on 5/24/2006 10:39:39 PM , Rating: 3
Please stop posting these worthless posts just to spam your crappy blog.


Pull your head out! :P
By CKDragon on 5/24/2006 3:01:11 PM , Rating: 1
It's interesting that I know of another young man who started a thriving hardware review site at about age 14 and went to make quite a decent living, only he did it the legit way.

What a suck up. :P

RE: Pull your head out! :P
By BillyBatson on 5/24/2006 3:33:54 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Pull your head out! :P
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 9:33:54 AM , Rating: 2
Anand probably still writes the paychecks.

By paperfist on 5/24/2006 4:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
You may want to consider throwing the little *bleep* in prison instead of giving him air time :)

Little b*stard
By lewisc on 5/25/2006 9:10:18 AM , Rating: 2
'Or as Akin puts it, "White people are too gullible. They are rich, and whatever I gyp them out of is small change to them."'

Huh, someone tried this on me on eBay a few weeks ago when I was selling a laptop. The money was meant to pay off part of my student debt. How the money was small change to me and the hundreds of thousands of other eBay users that are bombarded with this crap daily is beyond me. Why can't Nigerian IP addresses on eBay just be blocked? Then again, I wasn't at risk of being defrauded when I read the email I received from them!

Unfortunate reporter
By hekwuruke on 5/29/2006 5:25:45 AM , Rating: 2
It is time, I mean very high time, people of all races respect the diversity of people and stop hate. I mean this is rubbish, how can you come to the net with the aim of writing down young Nigerians, did the little boy give you the story or fiction what you believe?

I strongly feel that this is an insult on the rest of us young Nigeria who are doing things to lift the good image of Nigeria. I hope u see Nigeria from another angle that this. You can visit:

And see, Nigeria rocks! Join us to build a better Nigeria and not corrupt what is bad already.

Big Deal...
By jskirwin on 5/24/06, Rating: 0
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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