Fake Nigerians Scamming Hispanics In Texas City
|Photos courtesy GCSO|
|Daniel Johnson, not a Nigerian with cash-flow problems|
In a heavy African accent, he said he had been on a freighter for six months with "nothing but the sky above and the waves below" and that he was past ready to find a "good-time girl" so he could "shake his rutabaga."
In case I didn't get the message, he grabbed his crotch to show me exactly what he meant. The trouble was, good-time girls like cash, and he had none on hand, even though he was a very wealthy man, he went on.
He was just having a little trouble navigating the American banking system, and he could see that I was an intelligent Christian man who would be willing to help out a black man down on his luck. As if all those appeals to my good nature weren't enough, he also said he would make it very much worth my while if I could help him get some money out of an ATM.
I knew from the get-go it was a scam, but man, was this guy good. I played along for a half-hour or so, all so I could get this story, but it took me more strength than I ever imagined to finally tell the guy to get lost, and when I finally did, half of me was cursing myself for letting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip past.
Of course, the guy was a straight-up con artist, and the scam he tried to run on me is an old reliable. Had I continued, he would have traded me a bundle of pulped newspaper (purporting to be lots of cash) for several hundred dollars of my real money.
And recently, three guys in Texas City were caught doing the same thing, this time to Spanish-speakers.
|Richard Overton, Jr., equally non-Nigerian|
Charles Ray Johnson, 55; Danny Daniel Johnson, 56; and Richard Overton Jr., 56, each were charged with one count of theft. One of the guys also had a pair of loaded dice on him, and the trio also had a deck of marked cards that police believe was used in rigged games of Three Card Monte.
All are still in Galveston County Jail on $30,000 bond; though neither of the two guys whose mugshots we were able to obtain was the same guy who tried to scam me, in case you were wondering.