Nigerian scams have existed for longer than the internet, but the internet made them even easier and even bigger. It’s hard to imagine anyone online is not aware of these simplistic and full-of-holes scams that defy logic, but every year dozens, if not hundreds of victims sends tens of thousands of dollars overseas on the promise of a big payday that never comes. And of all the people ever scammed by a Nigeria scam, no one is as big a sucker as Steve.
Steve has sent over $100,000 to his Nigerian wife Kelly. They’re married, you see, even though he’s never met her. He claims her parents, millionaires of course, died in a car crash 4 years ago. Kelly is trying to collect her $25.6 million inheritance from their death but needs help with her legal fees and this is where Steve comes in. He’s there for her so much he sells his plasma twice a week so he can send her money on a regular basis and has done so for 29 months.
Steve was shown on the Dr. Phil show that when Kelly claimed to email him from North Dakota, it was actually in Nigeria. The school she went to in North Dakota has never heard of her. Oh, and she’s obviously a dude who’s been ripping him off for two years because come on. How many millionaires are there in Nigeria who just need legal fees to get their fortune anyway?
An ironic answer to that question comes from Steve himself, who is not just supporting Kelly, his Nigerian wife, but 3 other would-be millionaires in Nigeria as well. They scammed him 4 times. He’s being bent over 4 times at once. It’s stunning.
On top of Steve’s penchant for sending money to anyone who asks, he’s also on probation thanks to someone in Africa sending him a check that he then cashed and divided up amongst 5 other people. Yes, turns out that check was fraudulent and the $25,000 he sent to God knows who needed to be paid back. Oh, Steve. Come on.
Steve says he’s an accountant but he’s always wanted to be a millionaire, so this works out great for him, all these soon-to-be millionaires emailing him and being nice enough to include him in their good fortune. As of now, Steve is in for over $138,000 across the board to everyone he sends cash to, but as long as he has plasma there’s always a chance for me.
There are lots of times when you hear a story like this, maybe about some little old lady who gave her retirement fund to that Nigerian prince, not even because she wanted to get rich in return but because he appealed to her good nature and she thought she was helping a person in need and there would be no risk because she’s get paid back, and you shake your head because of how naïve she is and how frustrating it is that people fall for this, but you never really blame the old lady because these people are a little older, a little less understanding of the internet and scams in general, and this sort of thing happens. But Steve, Steve doesn’t get that same treatment, that sense of pity or sadness. Steve deserves a slap on his bald head.
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The saying “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” has never been more applicable than it is with our buddy Steve here. Four people scammed him? Four? Under what circumstances do you think you’d be giving money to not one, or two, but three people, and then have a fourth person email you with the exact same BS story about inheriting millions if only you, a total stranger on the other side of the world help pay the legal fees? Steve isn’t gullible or a sucker, Steve is straight up insane.
From the looks of the way Dr. Phil’s crew edited the show, Steve was miraculously cured by the end of the hour and, if that’s true, good for him. He needs some of that blood plasm pumping up to his brain so he can think more clearly from now on.