The Ultimate Nigerian Scam – $400,000 Over 2 Years

November 20, 2008


It would seem everyone has heard of the Nigerian Scam by now, but as P.T. Barnum would say, “There’s a sucker born every minute!”

Never has this phrase rung more true than in the seemingly unbelievable story of a 2-year con of an Oregon woman at the hands of a patient but persistent Nigerian Scammer. Lured by the promise of a $20 million payoff from an estate of a long lost grandfather, Janella Spears began by sending $100 in untraceable funds to Nigeria.

From there the scammer kept stringing her along promising the next payment “would be the last one.” Each time Spears would send more and more money in hopes that her payoff was coming – until those transfers captured the attention of Oregon Department of Justice investigators. Over a three-week period they noticed wire transfers of $144,000 to Nigeria performed by one person – Janella Spears.

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