Stolen Image of Innocent Man Used by Nigerian Scammers
Stolen Image of an Innocent Man used by Nigerian Scammers
Stolen Image of Innocent People Used by Nigerian Scammers
Stolen Image of an Innocent Child Used by Nigerian Scammers
Scott W is on the game Words With Friends. He starts a game with you and soon you are asked to go to Hangouts. He says he was born in Italy and now in Florida. Both parents deceased and lost his wife to childbirth. He says he has a 15 year old daughter called Ann who lives with an aunt. He doesn't say how old he is even when asked.
It is all the usual scripted Nigerian scam questions though there's not much talk of love. But as he is lying he makes two very clear mistakes.
Me: What do you do for a living?
Him: I am rig maintenance engineer on an oil rig
A little later
Me: Do you have children?
Him: a daughter Ann 15 lives with Aunt
Him: My daughter is just 12 years old
Me: What is her name? How can he get it so wrong?
As with all oil rig scammers he has to talk about money and imply he deals with a lot of it or has it. He also mentions this will be his last contract and that he intends to retire when completed.
Him: As for me I’m actually bidding for a contract after which I’m thinking of retiring
Him: I was going to the office daily since I’m not in the rig but i have to stay home to be safety wise
That is April 22. So he's gone from being on an oil rig presumably to his home in Florida. He's never mentioned it. It's very possible. But if you're starting to call someone gorgeous you might mention you're flying out from the rig back home.
Him: I’ve been going for this exact contract for a While now
Him: It’s a massive contract
Him: It’s worth 750,000,000.00 dollars
Me: Yes that is large
Him: It’s worth Over 750 million
Him: Yeah it is
Him: And I’ve been going after it for years now
Him: Hopefully i get it
Him: And after that I’m retiring and settling down
Me: Who is tendering it?
Him: It’s a company in Canada
Me: Which one?
Him: It’s the federal management of works and board of contracts
Him: Where you into engineering field ?
With that he ends it. He can't name the company all he can do is say he's tendering for a $750 million dollar contract. The contract sounds impressive but if you really were involved with one you'd have a lot more detail than what has been said.
With that he moves back to the scripted questions. He does start to paint a picture of being lonely and asking you about relationship history and what you are looking for. We met on a game not a dating site or app.
He becomes irritated with me as I don't respond to certain questions. Then he stops with the script and remains in contact with you. Not much constructive is said. He always asks the time and immediately after if you have "taken" the appropriate meal. It is monotonous and repetitive. As time passes he asks for a Steam card.
Him: I told you that I wanted to ask you something
Me: Okay ask
Him: Can you help me to get a card from the store
Him: I tried getting it here several times
Him: But before i can enter the store
Him: The card is finished
Him: Cause over here old people enters the store from morning till 3
Him: Then the rest people are evenings
Me: Okay what are you trying to do?
Him: I’m asking you to help me get it if it’s ok with you
Him: Cause i haven’t been able to talk to my daughter for days now
Me: Is that why you need it?
Note They always say it's to do with their child and they're run out of data. He's lied about that. All he'll do is cash it in Nigeria. I can confirm that is what the young oil rig scammers from that country do.
Him: I need it to talk to my daughter and my aunt
Him: Each time i get to the store i don’t see the cards
Him: So can you help me get it please
He sends 3 images of empty supermarket shelves as was common at the start of the pandemic. They could be from anywhere but most likely shared images from others who scam.
Him: I went to different stores
Me: What do you need?
Him: Steam card
Him: Even if it’s 200$
Him: I appreciate
He sends a picture of a $100 Steam card displayed to show its number. He said he has the money to buy one and has gone from an oil rig to Florida sending pictures of supermarket shelves. I give him the runaround.
Him: How it looks
Me: What’s that? Sounds like something a cow does on a hot day
I go on with the runaround. All they do is lie and make excuse after excuse so I do that with him for days.
Him: Can you help me with the card today
Me: Why? I checked. You're in Florida, have the money and can buy one online
I get no response. It just ends and that email hasn't been used for over a week. If you are told a story that an oil rig worker needs gift cards Steam, iTunes, Amazon and Google cards can all be purchased online. Tell them to do that and refuse to pay.