06/20/2012 09:56 am ET Updated Aug 20, 2012

Why 'Nigerian' Scammers Say They're From Nigeria

Almost every inbox has been plagued by them: Emails offering a chance at a share of millions of dollars (or pounds or euros). Someone works at a Department of Finance or Department of Oil or is terminally ill or for some other reason needs to shift a large chunk of money out of their country. And they need your help.

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