He knows if he meets “a Saudi Arabia person,” he’s in luck.“They don’t know what to do with money.” “Whenever we want to fraud somebody, we will know what you are worth,” Danjuma says. ” Even “how much you have in your account.” They glean all this information just by developing a tight relationship with the dupe.He said there was no way that his dudes would talk for less than 0. So I offered 0 for a rare glimpse at the human faces behind the syntax-challenged spam. I sat down with Sheye and Danjuma* on the back patio of a fancy duplex in an upscale neighborhood in one of the country’s main cities, and the two dished on their craft, constantly interrupting each other as they downed bottles of Nigerian Star lager and chain-smoked.Though they lie for a living, Sheye insisted, “We are telling you the fact and the truth.” Sheye and Danjuma have a name for the advance-fee email scams, in which victims agree to to send money to a stranger, banking on the promise of love or fast money.
The scams often involve phony lottery winnings, job offers, and inheritance notices.(Ditto.) They asked to hire me out for a day for one of their cons because, they said, my white skin would bolster their credibility.“Black man believes that white man is reality,” Danjuma explains. Sheye and Danjuma say they are each worth about ,000, in a country where more than 70 percent of the population lives on less than a day.Since Ghana is a less corrupt country, they say, victims are more likely to enter into a business deal with a Ghanaian than a Nigerian.The two say they own homes worth about a quarter million dollars each.