"spanish prisoner"

The growth of Jamaican phone-scamming caused a crime-wave and martial law in Montego Bay

In the late 2000s, Jamaican authorities launched a crackdown on drug dealers, extraditing the country's most notorious crime-bosses to the USA; the power-vacuum was filled by telephone advance-fee fraud (419/Spanish Prisoner/etc) scammers who targeted American victims, bringing an estimated $300,000,000 to Montego Bay and its region, the epicenter of the scam. Read the rest

Were McCain Supporters 419-scammed by Nigerian "African Press International"?

tongodeon says,

In the months before the 2008 election, rumors were circulated by everyone from right-wing bloggers to Fox News and members of the McCain campaign about a secret tape containing alarming statements by Barack or Michelle Obama. David LaFontaine at HardNewsInc summarizes the events as the "secret tape" turns into a classic Spanish Prisoner / Nigerian 419 scam with a $150,000 price tag. "The Mountain Sage" deserves most of the credit for putting all the pieces together. One note: it's still unclear to me whether $150,000 was *actually paid* to Nigerians, or whether they just demanded this much. Either way, it was a massive kerfuffle.

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Boing Boing tv: S.P.A.M. Theater, Vol. II

In today's edition of Boing Boing tv, dramatic readings of real-life unsolicited emails. Part one, FOR MY DAUGHTER'S SAKE. If one were pitching this to a movie studio, you might describe the plot as Grapes of Wrath meets Spanish Prisoner meets an ATM. Part two, DE@L OF A LIFETIME, a tasty dish of word salad.

Link to BBtv post, with discussion, downloadable video, and talent + image / video remix credits. NSFW: Includes opera music. Read the rest