Did you know there is a Nigerian top hit named I Go Chop Your Dollar? It’s hugely popular in Lagos, and hit the Lagos radio stations a few months ago as a CD penned by an artist called Osofia (his real name might or might not be Nkem Owoh.
It’s as catchy as Nigerian music can be, and since it carries a message that thousands of young Nigerians seem to be able to relate to, it has become a huge hit in Lagos.
Here are the complete lyrics:
I Go Chop Your Dollar
I don suffer no be small
Upon say I get sense
Poverty no good at all, no
Na im make I join this business
419 no be thief, its just a game
Everybody dey play am
if anybody fall mugu, ha! my brother I go chop am
National Airport na me get am
National Stadium na me build am
President na my sister brother
You be the mugu, I be the master
Oyinbo I go chop your dollar, I go take your money dissapear
419 is just a game, you are the loser I am the winner
The refinery na me get am,
The contract, na you I go give am
But you go pay me small money make I bring am
you be the mugu, I be the master… na me be the master ooo!!!!
When Oyinbo play wayo, them go say na new style
When country man do im own, them go de shout bring am, kill am, die!
Oyinbo people greedy, I say them greedy
I don see them tire thats why when them fall enter my trap o!
I dey show them fire
Watch the video!
Hear I Go Chop Your Dollar, and watch the video at:
www.tlcafrica.com/I_go_chop_your_dollar1.mov it’s actually really good.
Los Angeles Times and Yahoo! News has a great feature article about Samuel, a young Nigerian, who works professionally as a 419 scammer.
Read it at: news.yahoo.com/s/latimests/…/iwilleatyourdollars&printer=1
In the La Times article, there is a great list of the most popular 419 scams. You’ll find examples of all these here on N!kke’s Index:
• The ”next of kin” scam, tempting you to claim an inheritance of millions of dollars in a Nigerian bank belonging to a long-lost relative, then collecting money for various bank and transfer fees.
• The ”laundering crooked money” scam, in which you are promised a large commission on a multibillion-dollar fortune, persuaded to open an account, contribute funds and sometimes even travel to Nigeria.
• The ”Nigerian National Petroleum Co.” scam, in which the scammer offers cheap crude oil, then demands money for commissions and bribes.
• The ”overpayment” scam, in which fraudsters send a bank check overpaying for a car or other goods by many thousands of dollars, persuading the victim to transfer the difference back to Nigeria.
• The ”job offer you can’t refuse” scam, in which an ”oil company” offers a job with an overly attractive salary and conditions (in one example, $180,000 a year and $300 per hour for overtime) and extracts money for visas, permits and other fees.
• The ”winning ticket in a lottery you never entered” scam — including, lately, the State Department’s green card lottery.
• The ”gorgeous person in trouble” scam, in which scammers in chat rooms and on Christian dating sites pose as beautiful American or Nigerian women, luring lonely men into Internet intimacy over weeks or months then asking them to send money to get them out of trouble.