Last Friday, a Nigerian 419-scammer was sentenced to jail for 376 years by a Lagos court. Harrison Odiawa was convicted for ”stealing, forgery, impersonation and conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences” contrary to the Advance Fee Fraud Act, the Nigerian Daily Independent reports.
Harrison Odiawa, 38, alias Abu Belgori, managed to extract $1,939,710 from US national George Robert Blake on the promise of a percentage of a bogus 20.45 millian dollars Ministry of Health contract. The classic advance fee scam, which you will find numerous examples of here, saw a duped Blake transfer the ”advance payments” after seeing forged documents – including a certificate of registration with the Corporate Affairs Ministry and the aforementioned forged Ministry contract – which convinced him he was indeed about to get rich.
Blake raised the cash from his company, Quest Exploration and Development, and his own personal assets.