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11/16/2008 01:53 AM ID: 74875 Permalink   

Spears Loses $400,000 to Nigerian Scammers


Janella Spears claims to not be an "easy mark". She is a registered nurse, teaches CPR and is a reverend. Yet Spears, an apparent intelligent woman who has no relation to the famous pop star, fell for a Nigerian scam that left her $400,000 poorer.

Spears was fooled by an e-mail that claimed her grandfather had left her $20 million but to claim it she had to front some money first. When she grew suspicious, the scammers proceeded to fake documents from the FBI Director and President Bush.

Spears spent her husband's retirement money, mortgaged their house and took a lien out on their car despite warnings from law enforcement, family and friends about the scam. According to an undercover investigator, greed blinded Spears to the truth.

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OMG! What can I say? She claims not to be an easy mark? Duh, I don't think so.
  by: John E Angel     11/16/2008 02:35 AM     
"Yet Spears, an apparent intelligent woman..."

Right ...
  by: Manic_Panic     11/16/2008 02:36 AM     
  It says she is a reverend....  
That's proof that she's an easy mark. She fell for the oldest scam around.

  by: bbeljefe     11/16/2008 02:46 AM     
  Registered nurse, teaches CPR and is a reverend  
No offense to any nurses or reverend's out there, but intelligence is not part of the job requirement for either of those. And a monkey could teach CPR.

The woman was gullible and greedy, not intelligent. She was even warned. Although it's standard practice once someone is slightly invested in a scam that they'll follow it through to the end regardless of any amount of evidence it's a scam. Hell, people who fall for fuel scams decide that they work and try and get their friends/family to invest in it too.
  by: tantryl   11/16/2008 03:16 AM     
"And a monkey could teach CPR."

This is true, and I would know. I teach it :)
  by: Manic_Panic     11/16/2008 03:32 AM     
Spears!??? says it all.
  by: isuzu     11/16/2008 03:37 AM     
  The word..  
dumbass comes to mind.
  by: HeadlineNews     11/16/2008 04:07 AM     
how can anyone fall for this crap anymore, i mean the concept of paying $400,000 to get the 20mil is retarded
i mean it doesnt need brains to figure this out, just ask the guy what the 400k is for? and why 400k?
ffs just ask him to take it out from the 20mil.
this should be known to every single human being on earth, im sure most or not all people in the world got emails,calls,sms.. saying that u won a prize or whatever, but to claim ur prize u gotta pay this amount.....ffs this is lame
  by: bastrel   11/16/2008 08:09 AM     
This is a scam?

I'm off to cancel some credit cards.

  by: erasedgod   11/16/2008 08:16 AM     
In Australia, Registered Nurses usually need to have done at least two years of University, and apparently the degree isn't easy. So, I'd hope they'd be at least of average intelligence. Does anyone know what sort of qualifications you need for the same in the US?

This woman though, clearly was not particularly clever. I get about ten of these scam e-mails a day, and I've always known they were scams since my first family computer, at the age of about nine.
  by: Jucashii_Revenant   11/16/2008 09:40 AM     
Why in the hell would *President Bush* and/or the *FBI* be sending you e-mails or any documents at all regarding inheritance?
  by: Jucashii_Revenant   11/16/2008 09:42 AM     
  wouldn't you know  
if your Grandfather had $20mil to leave?!
  by: Convivial   11/16/2008 01:43 PM     
  ok forget about her  

they are living it up in africa, at there inflation rate they could buy the whole country with like 1000 lol.

this is just a sad story, this women ruined her husbands life and spent his hard worked for savings for some nigerian scum, who prolly moved out of nigeria and are in the caribbian drinking drinks with the little umbrella on top lol
  by: cray0la     11/16/2008 07:45 PM     
  It's still true  
"A fool and their money are soon parted."
  by: TheBlob   11/16/2008 07:46 PM     
"Scam". This is an ugly word, this "scam".

This is business and when you're in business this is what you do.
  by: VermiciousG     11/16/2008 11:34 PM     
  She's a Reverend.  
That's a scam in itself. I guess that we will all have to send her a dollar, otherwise God will take her home. 'Bye.
  by: walter3ca   11/17/2008 02:48 AM     
  Barnum was right, except for the time frame  
There's a sucker born every second, not every minute.

I wonder if her husband has choked her to death yet?

  by: white albino   11/17/2008 10:01 AM     
  old trick  
Just pay the taxes or legal fees and the $$$ is yours!!! At least thats what the 6 letters i get a day n email say
  by: zortona   11/17/2008 01:25 PM     
  Not an "easy mark"?  
She is as easy as they come. Letters from president bush? I bet the couldn't even spell "president".
  by: Eidron   11/17/2008 01:40 PM     
  This just in....  
Janella Spears has been living under a rock for the past ten years and never heard that these emails are sent out en masse to everyone.

A fool and her money are soon parted, no?
  by: zalpha     11/17/2008 04:13 PM     
  @Harry Anderson said it best  
"A fool and his money were lucky to ever get together in the first place"
  by: VermiciousG     11/17/2008 04:30 PM     
  This lady  
is just plain dumb, and she deserved to be ripped off. Kudos to the scammers!
  by: nephew     11/17/2008 04:34 PM     
To become a regirsterd nurse in the US you need to have a 4 year bachlors degree. So you should be pretty smart.. but book smarts and common sense do not go hand and hand.
  by: pancho567   11/18/2008 01:34 AM     
"ok forget about her

they are living it up in africa, at there inflation rate they could buy the whole country with like 1000 lol."

You truly are a Republican, this reminds me of Palin who thought that South Africa is a province in Africa, which was later said to be a hoax.
  by: isuzu     11/18/2008 04:22 PM     
  Where is she  
Her grandmother left her a bridge and a mountain here in Zimafriza all she needs to do is to produce a kidney arm and proverbial leg. Im sure she wouldnt have a leg to stand on if she tried to take me to court for that. But still doesnt beat the Chillean who baught an acre of MOON ROCK for and undisclosed amount
  by: tyronedsaur   11/22/2008 08:50 PM     
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