“Kin sha ti lowo ole lo ba omo je” These are the lyrics from a popular Nigerian track LIVING THINGS by the veteran Afrobeat artist 9ice, the translation: “All that matters is for me to be rich but stealing is not allowed” That leaves us with the question, is WIRE! WIRE! a Crime or Profession?. A Nigerian man based in the States David Chukwuneke Adindu, 30 was sentenced to three years and five months in prison by a U.S. judge on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams WIRE! WIRE! to defraud thousands of victims around the world of millions of dollars.
For learners like me you might be wondering what is WIRE! WIRE! and how doest it work? WIRE! WIRE! Is simply the method people in overseas use in sending money quickly to friends, relatives back home by adopting services like Western Union, Moneygram and similar services but con artists frequently take advantage of victims by convincing them to wire money to a stranger, often someone in a foreign country which could take many forms and once they do their money is gone for good. In the case of Adindu he tricks victims into wiring more than $25 million into bank accounts he opened in China, where they said the funds would be difficult for victims in the United States to recover. Scammers’ target random people posing as investor advisers sending them emails about a potential investment and requesting a payment to be transferred into a foreign bank account.
In the U.S. alone people lose millions of dollars each year to fraudsters using wire transfers which prompt the Washington state attorney general office to release a statement informing every citizen to be alert of such activities below are the possible red flags signals that you’re about to be scammed:
Types of scams
- Classified ad purchases – fake buyers: Scammers my send cheque for the correct amount of the item, then back out of the deal and ask for a refund.
- Classified ad purchases – fake sellers: Cons post bogus advertisements for cars or other high-ticket items then ask for payment via wire transfer.
- Fake lotteries and sweepstakes: You receive a certificate indicating you’ve won a big prize and a check. You’re told to keep some of the money and send a wire transfer to cover a “processing fee” or vague taxes.
- “Relatives” in need of help: You receive a desperate phone call, email or even an instant message from someone posing as a grandchild or a friend being in trouble and you are asked to send money.
- Expensive food orders: The scammer (or possibly a ring of cons) uses a stolen credit card to pay for a wedding cake or large catering order then instructs the business to wire money to a company that will pick up and delivery the food.
- Advance-fee loans: After submitting a loan application, you are asked to wire processing payments to a lender.
- Secret shopper jobs: After responding to a “help wanted” ad to work as secret shopper, your first assignment is to wire money. You are sent a phoney check with instructions to keep some for payment for your work and wire the rest.
- Work at home schemes: Consumers are offered part-time jobs as “international relayers.” Their task is to deposit checks into their personal bank accounts, keep a small percentage as a commission, and relay the rest by wire transfer to their new employer.
- “Nigerian” fund-transfer scams: Claiming to be Nigerian officials, businessperson or the survivors of former royalty, scam artists offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account in exchange for a fee. To read a more comprehensive report and advice on how to protect your self CLICK HERE
In conclusion scammers now brag openly about there activities most especially in Nigeria claiming they haven’t done anything wrong and it’s business as usual since the government can not provide a job for them,they have to create a solution which they don’t consider as stealing. Do you think they are right or do you think the government should take the blame. Please leave a comment below.
Watch the Musical video of 9ICE “LIVING THING” TRACK.