THIS Is Why You Should Fear And Respect Australian Women – Spam Scam Scam

Okay, the title is clearly hyperbole. But I laughed anyway:

A BRISBANE woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told.

Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an “agent” in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard today.

Her job was to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel any payments they received through their dodgy account on a popular car sales website.

Cochrane-Ramsey was to keep eight per cent of all money paid into her account and forward the rest to the Nigerian scammers.

However, the court heard she kept the two payments she received – totalling $33,350 – and spent most of it on herself.

Rest of the story in The Australian.

For more reading on how absurd these scammers can be, check out Urgent and Confidential – Dean Cameron’s Nigerian Spam Scam Scam site (the stage show is running again this year on the east coast of USA) and the dangers of such “419″ scammers via ScamWatch.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • msironen

    “but was unaware they were scam artists”

    So basically she stole from people who she thought were honest businessmen (who just turned out to be thieves as well)?

    I don’t get the “respect” part of the topic.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      It’s clearly a sarcastic comment. These are reprehensible people, despite “scammers being scammed”. Hence the links at the end of my article, as it’s one of the few laughs I’ve ever got out of a system that is really devoted to targeting trusting people – and even can result in kidnapping and murder.

  • echidna

    Ah, she was always going to get caught. At least she was the con-artist, rather than the money-laundering dupe.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Yes, my sarcastic title implying that she’s some kind of bad-ass doesn’t negate the fact that they are all criminals. But I wouldn’t have minded seeing the trial happen.

  • gr4tuitou5

    The irony would be beautiful if it weren’t for the fact that the $30,000 was money scammed from other people. On the other hand, anyone dumb enough to fall for scams almost deserve to be relieved of their money.

  • Kylie Sturgess

    And I wish I was kidding. But in my emails just then?

    “Greetings to you and your family. I am ****** , auditing and accounting manager, Bankof Africa Ouagadougou Burkina Faso .

    I need your assistance in transferring the sum of ($5.3M) Five million , Three hundred thousand united dollars into your account within 8 to 10 banking days…. ”

    Never-ending. I’ll hit delete. As always.

  • Glenn Davey

    I kept a couple thousand from one of these people. They’re not really scam artists. They’re money launderers.

    Scam artists ask YOU for money, they don’t let you HAVE SOME!

    Money launderers are laundering so much money that a couple thousand missing is nothing.

    But in my case the person just went unresponsive, so I just kept the last payment.

    That woman, however, was NOT being scammed. She agreed to something and then scammed the other person but not following through with her agreement. When she saw all that money her broke ass couldn’t believe itself so she just HAD to keep it.