Ever wondered who’s sending you those crazy emails from someone claiming to want share a large sum of money with you or be tracking you down for a huge inheritance? Why are they almost always supposedly from Nigeria? Why are they so poorly written? Find out who these scammers are, why the scam became popular in Nigeria, how much money they’re making, who they’re making it from, why they word them the way they do, and when the scam originated in this eye-opening edition of Timesuck.
(Photos, clockwise from top left: Scam stats from a report by the Canadian government, an 1898 New York Times article warning about letter scams, a Lagos slum.)