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419 Scam by Charles Tive
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Jun 02, 2009

it was ok
Read in May, 2009

Eamon Dillon devoted a whole chapter of The Fraudsters: How Con Artists Make Their Money to these email scams. Curious to learn more, I ordered Charles Tive's 419 Scam: Exploits of the Nigerian Con Man. Tive's bio reads that he is a former Deputy Superintendent in the Nigerian Police Force who has since worked with the US Embassy in Lagos to help investigate 419 fraud against American citizens. It sounded like he'd be the perfect source to deliver the inside story.

Unfortunately, the meat of 419 Scam measured less than one hundred pages. Copies of the actual Nigerian Code 419 laws (from which the common advance fee fraud acquired its name) and similar legal documents padded that out to 143 pages in total. After the overview of how the crimes work, a historical background, and brief introductions to related crimes like identity theft, money laundering and postal fraud, Tive's book contains little that is new to anyone who has read their Eamon Dillon, laughed at the 419 Eater site, or had their identity stolen by a (now deceased) 419 fraudster.

Critical Mick says: A brief introduction to the 419 world, Charles Tive's 419 Scam: Exploits of the Nigerian Con Man does not feature the tone or tension that a talented investigative journalist would bring, nor the depth that a serious academic's study would offer. It's from iUniverse and it's better than nothing.

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