Why do scammers say they are from Nigeria?
June 20, 2012 1:57 PM Subscribe
Why Do Online Scammers Say They Are From Nigeria?
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A research paper from Microsoft argues it's a method of weeding out the savvy [via Slate
].Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives. By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his favor.