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Woman Scams Nigerian Scammers

Aussie was supposed to keep 8% of scam, kept 100%
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2012 9:52 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2012 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Most of us just want to throttle the scam artists that line our spam boxes with get-rich-quick schemes and pleas for help with million-dollar bank transfers, but Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey went one better: She scammed the cons who were using her in their scam, reports the Courier-Mail. Seems the 23-year-old Australian was hired as an "agent" by what she thought were honest Nigerians, who were in fact running a scam on a car-sales website.

In theory, Cochrane-Ramsey was supposed to collect proceeds from car buyers and funnel the money through an Australian bank account, keeping 8% of the proceeds for herself. In reality, she grabbed slightly more—100%—to the tune of $33,350. Cops were tipped by ripped-off car buyers, and traced the account to Cochrane-Ramsey. She pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated fraud last week. (Read more scam stories.)

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