I was privileged to read a synopsis from the manuscript of a fictional novel, based on real life, titled, “Restive Pen Robbers: A Scam that Killed the World.” I have the permission of the author to share a little bit of the content with my audience for their enlightenment and comment. Please read on. "Restive Pen Robbers" is a futuristic fictional novel based on past and present real fraudulent society we live in. It derives its subject and title from the activities of Nigerian scam artists who are skilled in offering sham business proposal. The novel focuses extensively on international financial crimes perpetrated from this developing country with a detailed insight of the dreaded "Advanced Fee Fraud," also referred to in the country’s criminal code as 419. Without holding back, the manuscript dissects and presents in detail the entire 419 operation and activities of Nigerian fraudsters to the reader. Restive Pen Robbers describes two areas of their scam specialization namely "Local” and “International.” Scams perpetrated locally in Nigeria had their confines mostly in Nigeria. The only exception was "collate call' scams through which Nigerian scam artists dwelt lasting blows on foreign communication companies, especially American AT&T, which almost sent the company parking. Popular local scams include: obtaining by trick (OBT), check scams, internet scams and counterfeit currency printing and circulation. “International” scam describes the Advanced Fee Fraud. It involves writing and sending hoax business proposals to foreign companies and nationals. The perpetrators feign official practices and impersonate top Nigerian Government officials and influential citizens to deceive and deprive foreign nationals of large sums of money and valuable belongings. The operators propose huge fund transfer, currency bill washing and sale of Nigerian crude oil as key factors to their targets. This fictional manuscript presents detailed information, which would expose the in-house logistics and clandestine activities of Nigerian fraudsters and their international accomplices. It describes their office set up, proposal format - writing and contents-, steps and methods of execution of advanced fee fraud, and forged documents, which are involved. The manuscript exposed how foreign national and organizations are hooked, invited and hosting in Nigerian by scam artists. Initially, the scam was mostly successful due to internationally syndicated network. The flamboyant private and public lifestyles of successful fraudsters in Nigeria then would surprise the reader. Restive Pen Robbers reveals the local slang common among 419 operatives, including Nigerian Government positions mostly impersonated to make their acts sound convincing. "Restive Pen Robbers" also addresses international collaborative efforts by security operatives, including international police, to combat advanced fee fraud and frustrations caused to their targets. It mentions Nigeria, US, including the US Congress, and the United Kingdom at the vanguards of these efforts. No doubt this scam has negatively smeared the image of Nigeria and her hardworking citizens as described in the manuscript. Other most vulnerable countries targeted by 419 were mentioned. As expected, there is no smoke without fire. According to the manuscript, revenge for colonization, looting of African resources and partitioning of the continent and captivity in form of slavery were some of the reasons for which scam artists launch their onslaught. Unedited samples of advanced fee fraud proposal formats were included in the manuscript I read. Greed was discussed as one of the major reasons people fall victims to this scam, which has killed America in no small measure. "Restive Pen Robbers," if published, will be unique because it contains first hand information, which would help businessmen and women, retirees, senior citizens and unsuspecting preys to be wiser before investing or parting with their hard earned money. This real life fiction was thoroughly researched over the years. The title derives from the fact that this international financial crime is still alive, prospers and traps more preys than is made public. This fiction, I hope it’s published, will elicit a wide readership because 419 use every facet of human race and activities to operate. It has robbed businesses, families and individuals of their investable finances, destroyed many lives and still lurks by the corner for more adamant and perhaps, ignorant rich persons.
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