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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 49

LATEST NIGERIAN SCAM: BLACKENED BANK NOTES

The Thanh Nien News reports that "Vietnamese police have foiled
three Nigerians in their scams duping thousands of dollars out of
Vietnamese women who lent them money to ostensibly buy chemicals
to restore ‘blackened US banknotes’.  A source said they had been
deported from Vietnam."

"In April, one Nigerian befriended a café owner in southern Vung
Tau resort city and promised to give her a share in a restaurant
he was about to open if she lent him US$20,000 to buy chemicals
to restore blackened banknotes worth an astronomical US$1 billion.

He claimed he had purposefully blackened the notes to dodge
customs screenings and taxation.

He then did an experiment. After rubbing and cleansing in a
‘special solution’, he managed to turn two blackened papers
the size of US$100 banknotes into real cash."

"The gullible woman later lent him $7,000 before being handed a
stack of supposed banknotes wrapped in thick paper. He said the
money had been treated with chemicals but had to wait for eight
hours in cold temperatures before taking effect.

She then put the stack in her fridge and, after eight hours,
opened it only to discover they were just plain paper."

"A policeman told Thanh Nien the tricksters secretly slid real
banknotes underneath the black papers during ‘chemical treatment’
and secretly slipped the black papers out. The ‘chemical solution’
is just plain water, he added."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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