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
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.
quote: You have no clue. Have you seen what is happening in Dafur?
quote: 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.