According to New Scientist, Joshua Oyeniyi Aransiola, a sociologist at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife has the inside scoop on the Nigerian email scammers and it turns out their secret to success is voodoo:
Those unfamiliar with Nigerian culture might find one of the study’s findings particularly surprising – scammers make regular use of voodoo. As one Yahoo Boy put it: “The Voodoo thing exists for real, I have used it but I have stopped because of the fear of repercussion. With the aid of Voodoo the money comes faster. I have friends that still use it, they can collect money twice or thrice a week and it helps. I have a friend that uses a calabash ﬁlled with black substance; he hides it in his room and says incantations.”
Send me $10,000 and I’ll exorcise your firewall.