The scam emails from a prince wanting to “send you money” were not always from Nigeria. In fact there is plenty of evidence that they were from literally over the world. But virtually everyone with an email has received such an email at some point. Sadly, some people actually became victims of the scam.
Recently the Dubai police arrested a man who, for many, has become the embodiment of the “Nigerian Prince” scam, although he was not specifically implicated in those and untold numbers have participated in them and other crimes like this. In reality, this guy was too busy devastating companies worth millions and billions.
The Daily Beast headline captures him well: “The Nigerian Email Scammer Who Stole Millions From Premier League Club, NY Law Firm, Banks”
The article continues “Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, who went by the name Ray Hushpuppi, made no secret of his extraordinary wealth.On an Instagram account with 2.3 million followers, he posted photos of himself dripping in high-end watches, wearing robes with his name emblazoned on the back, and driving a $300,000 Mercedes or a white Rolls Royce Cullinan with the hashtag #AllMine.
“He took private jets to Paris, shopped at Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and indulged in cakes depicting himself surrounded by Fendi bags. His address was 1706 Palazzo Versace in Dubai.”
The article continues: “Abbas claimed to be a real estate developer. But his wealth was instead the result of running elaborate email scams and hacking schemes, U.S. federal prosecutors argue—a rare example of a Nigerian email scam that actually fooled major companies into handing over millions.”
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