Outlaws: 419 Scams

Source: Nowhere Magazine

Photo by Sophie G. 

“Sir, you will doubtlessly be astonished to be receiving a letter from a person unknown to you, who is about to ask a favour from you…”

Modern advance-fee fraud saw a watershed moment with the advent of the fax machine, and its use exploded once scammers infiltrated the Internet. Sometimes, the confidence tricks come in the form of catfish* operations, romances where scammers a continent away create false online profiles in order to prey on middle-aged, widowed Westerners. Another strand dates back to the 1910 short story “The Spanish Prisoner” wherein the scammer, insisting on secrecy, ...

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