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The friend being not very hep with computers, naively replied to the email with the "requested" information.
The scammer took over the Yahoo account, and sent the following email to all in his address book:
Did you get my previous email, I sent you an email some hours ago, I am in a hurry writing this, i had travelled to Nigeria for official purposes, Unfortunately for me all my money was stolen at the hotel where i lodged, I am so confused right now, I dont know what to do or where to go,I didnt bring my phone here, i have access to only emails, please can you send me $2500 today so i can return home, as soon as i get home i would refund it immediately, you can send it to me through western union as i dont have an account here, this are the informations to send it. Mr A ,Address/location: 30 cole street,lagos, Nigeria,23401, use this text question when sedning it: what is my date of birth, text answer:19xx
Please as soon as its sent scan and send me the receipt of the transfer or just write out the money transfer no and the senders informations, i realy dont have time to write much now, would be waiting. thank you.
He is a globe trotter, and many of his friends (who were themselves very naive and hadn't heard of Nigerian scams) were genuinely concerned. One of his very caring friends (let's call her B) sent GBP 1500 via Western Union. The scammer sent back his gratitude and asked for another USD 1000. She got suspicious and made a few calls and came to realize her mistake.
By this time, I was able to intervene and get back the Yahoo account for my friend. I immediately noticed that the scammer was corresponding with many of his contacts and some of them were close to sending him money. Of course, I immediately sent a FRAUD WARNING message to all in the address book.
Now, A and myself were discussing the financial responsibility of the lost GBP 1500. He was inclined to compensate B the full amount. However, I was of the opinion that both A and B had exhibited gullibility and stupidity, and the loss should be shared. I suggested that he compensate B for 25% of the amount. He finally agreed to pay her 33%. I don't know how B will take the suggestion once it is communicated to her. It should be kept in mind that B might get very offended due to the public loss of face, and A's offer of only 33% may add injury to insult, leading to a breakdown of the relationship.
Here's the problem in semi-formal terms:
- A and B have emotional ties (which for the purposes of this discussion, is worth amount R).
- A loses his identity to S due to ignorance.
- S asks B for money, posing as A.
- B is conned and responds with X amount of money.
- A and B discover what has happened.
- A wants to make an offer of settlement (Y) to B for her loss.
- A is apprehensive that B might get offended and