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New Spike Lee Produced Movie Called “Nigerian Prince” Coming Soon

Nigerian scammers the topic of a new film executive produced by Spike Lee

From the Atlanta Journal Consitution »

In the mid-90s, the Nigerian prince scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. eased its way into American culture. The ubiquitous advance-fee scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. originating in Nigeria and sent to unsuspecting U.S. citizens via email have been the subject of books, documentaries and television shows.

Now the 419419 An advance fee scam or fraud (419 scam) is a form of fraud and is one of the most common types of online confidence tricks. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster claims will be used to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim or simply disappears. The 419 comes from the Nigerian law against this type of scam. scams as they are known in Nigeria are getting time on the big screen in a new feature film that debuts in theaters nationwide Oct. 19 including AMC Camp Creek 14 in Atlanta.

“Nigerian Prince” is the first feature film written and directed by Faraday Okoro. Filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, the loosely semi-autobiographical film tells the plight of a Nigerian-American teenager sent to visit relatives in Nigeria. He later decides to team up with his cousin, an internet scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer., in a desperate attempt to get back home to the U.S.

Okoro, a graduate of Howard University and NYU Film School, is a native of Washington, D.C. and is of Nigerian descent. “Nigerian Prince” is the first feature film to be made and released as part of a partnership between the Tribeca Film Festival and AT&T. The Untold Stories initiative is designed to bring diverse stories to theaters and televisions nationwide. Filmmakers compete for a grant which provides $1 million to make their films. Distribution is guaranteed through AT&T’s DIRECTV and U-Verse VOD platforms. Executive produced by Spike Lee, Okoro’s film premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Okoro shot the film entirely on location in Nigeria with Antonio Bell, an American actor who has appeared in episodes of Atlanta-filmed “Greenleaf”, starring as Eze, a first generation Nigerian American teenager who proves to be a fish out of water when he arrives in Nigeria to stay with relatives. Eze hooks up with his cousin, Pius (Chinaza Uche), a veteran scammer who is facing his own challenges. Things take an interesting turn when they join forces in an attempt to overcome their desperate circumstances.

The topic of 419 scamming, a practice which scam expert Finn Brunton said in an interview with NPR, dates back to the French Revolution, has been widely explored in Nigerian films. The scams began making their way to the US in the 1990s as internet use became more widespread in Nigeria.

But in the early 2000s, the scam operations largely shifted from an adult occupation to an obsession of Nigerian youth. By some recent estimates there were 5 million* Yahoo Boys as they are also known, living in Lagos. Some are undergraduate students others are college drop-outs but they have all become role models to peers who want to emulate their lifestyle.

* Of course, here we see the 5 million quote, which is patently false. For the truth read here »

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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.

Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:

  1. Local PoliceLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
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