Recent lad visits to the forum show that this is a prevailing justification for their scamming.
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Some of them are still convinced that the money they were promised a share of exists.
Investors hit twice in scams, court told over $2 million Nigerian Money Scammers Claim a Major Victim - $320,000 Funnily enough, this is the argument most often used by the Nigerian lads and their supporters.
It often comes as a surprise when you hear of someone who actually believed that some ex-presidents son wanted their help to rescue the family fortune.
In February 2004, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said: The fact is that many people do believe these letters enough to make 419 crime quite a lucrative money earner.
It has been estimated that there are well over 250,000 scammers involved in 419 scams worldwide and that they reap in over US$1.5 billion annually. People who already know that its a scam tend not to get taken in.