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In exchange for assistance, the scammer promised to share money with the victim in exchange for a small amount of money to bribe prison guards.
An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.
The implication that these payments will be used for "white-collar" crime such as bribery, and even that the money they are being promised is being stolen from a government or royal/wealthy family, often prevents the victim from telling others about the "transaction", as it would involve admitting that they intended to be complicit in an international crime.
Sometimes psychological pressure is added by claiming that the Nigerian side, to pay certain fees, had to sell belongings and borrow money on a house, or by comparing the salary scale and living conditions in Africa to those in the West.
While Nigeria is most often the nation referred to in these scams, they may originate in other nations as well.
For example, in 2006, 61% of Internet criminals were traced to locations in the United States, while 16% were traced to the United Kingdom and 6% to locations in Nigeria.419 scammers often mention false addresses and use photographs taken from the Internet or from magazines to falsely represent themselves.