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They refer to their targets as mugus, slang developed from a Yoruba word meaning "fool".Some scammers have accomplices in the United States and abroad that move in to finish the deal once the initial contact has been made.In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.One variant of the scam may date back to the 18th or 19th centuries, as a very similar letter, entitled "The Letter from Jerusalem", is seen in the memoirs of Eugène François Vidocq, a former French criminal and private investigator. One of these, sent via postal mail, was addressed to a woman's husband, and inquired about his health.If you'd like for your ad to be featured here, choose the "feature this ad" option while posting your local or all cities ad. As a rule, featured ads receive significantly more visits.An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they may originate in other nations as well.
The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.
The number "419" refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud, the charges and penalties for offenders.