Nigerian e-mail scams continue to defraud investors of savings despite efforts by the United States and foreign governments to crack down on the schemes.
Secret Service agents in White Plains, N.Y., arrested two persons this week in one of the scams, which are rated among the "most annoying" e-mails of 2002 by a company that monitors such things.
A Wisconsin businessman gave $200,000 to a New York couple claiming ties to the Nigerian government in response to their e-mail plea for help to pay fees for transferring $50 million from Nigerian banks. Instead of a percentage of the $50 million the couple promised, they gave him a trunk filled with worthless black paper.
"It just shows how easily people fall for these things," said Rafael Figueroa, a Secret Service agent in White Plains, N.Y.