419 scams work enough to be worth it

…to the thieves at least..

For every hundred thousand people like you and me who get email like this and promptly trash it (I was able to scroll back just 2 days in my Junk folder to find an example):

>I am Mr.Yo chang lee ,managinig director of a China National Arts & Crafts imp./Exp. Corp. we are a group of business men who deal on Art and Craft andexport into the Canada/America and Europe We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to ourcostumers in the Canada/America and Europeans as well as making payments through you to us.

There is someone who falls for it and makes it worth it for the scammers to keep doing it.

My old newspaper, [the Stamford Advocate](http://www.stamfordadvocate.com) had [an article today](http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-scam5nov04,0,6803115.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines):

> STAMFORD — A city woman arrested this week after attempting to cash more than $14,000 in counterfeit checks is likely an unwitting accomplice for an international ring of con artists, police said.

>Police arrested Chicyan Hines, 25, of 28 Baxter Ave., Tuesday as she tried to cash a fake cashier’s check worth $9,550 at a credit union on Prospect Street, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said.

>Hines had cashed a $4,780 cashier’s check from a North Dakota bank at the same credit union less than week earlier, Shawinsky said. She was charged with issuing a bad check.

>A credit union manager became suspicious Tuesday, Shawinsky said. The manager checked with the North Dakota bank and found out both checks were forgeries, Shawinsky said. He then called police, who arrested Hines at the bank.

>**Hines told police she believed she was working for a legitimate Nigeria-based company that hired her via the Internet, Shawinsky said.**

Chances are, this poor young woman has been living in the United States and speaking English for a lot less time than these scams have been around.

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