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How That 'Nigerian Email Scam' Got Started

NPR | May 22, 2013 1:31 p.m.

You’ve probably seen it in your inbox before: Someone who claims to have come into a fortune needs your help. You can share in the profits — if you send along a deposit or your bank account number. Boston Globe correspondent Finn Brunton talks about the history of the “Nigerian prince” or “419” scam, which actually got its start long before email.

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