Reporter Responds to Fraudulent African Email Promising to Double His Money
Have you ever been tempted to know what would happen if you replied to that African prince’s email promising you untold riches?
Not to accept his life-changing offer, of course, but just to see what fun you might have or, even maybe, what criminal activity you might uncover just by playing the game.
Maynard Manyowa – a senior YorkshireLive reporter and former investigative journalist in Africa – decided to do just that and shared his story on the website of how it went down.
In a private message from a scammer with a female profile picture as Kimone Mattis Investments, Manyowa was promised that her money could be doubled in 30-45 minutes as a way to help pay household bills .
Manyowa offered to invest £800 but said he wanted it to turn into £8000 in half an hour and also attached a condition – as the scammer had claimed to be based in London he asked a London bank account to transfer the money rather than using CashApp or World Remit.
He was then given an HSBC account but only sent £1 and soon got a phone call from the scammer but, as he started getting to grips with the game, said he needed the toilet and that he would return the money after completing his “number two”.
Manyowa remained elusive for a few days but contacted the scammer again on a Friday and said the bank had rejected his payments but he would transfer £500 instead.
The reporter then sent a link to confirm if his phone could send the money by another method and the scammer inadvertently leaked his IP address, which was in Lagos, Nigeria.
When Manyowa then asked if he could use World Remit, details were given which confirmed that the money would now be directed to Jamaica but when the scammer was asked for a Jamaican address, they then suggested to use CashApp instead.
Another ID was given, this time for a US-based account, and at this point Manyowa requested a face-to-face voice call to allay his fear of being scammed.
This seemed to scare the scammer, who also quickly canceled messages containing the name of the Jamaican contact, perhaps realizing that their target was now aware of the accounts of their financial mules in London, Jamaica and the United States, knowing that they themselves were based in Nigeria.
Manyowa then alerted HSBC to the name of the account the scammer had tried to use and the bank told him they would not comment on that exact account.
However, the reporter still suspects he hasn’t heard from his crook and hopes to further expose their criminality by saying, “They’re still holding on, waiting and hoping, and swearing on the lives of their late parents. gives greater joy than knowing that I not only wasted their time, but terrorized them with hope, the same way they do with their victims.
“Watching them toil for a fish they were never going to catch is the ultimate satisfaction. So is knowing that in desperation they will eventually accept a video call, and be recorded and shamed. “
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