@steve2, I do appreciate the mellowed tone. I also do acknowledge the harm many "Nigerian" scammers have done both in past posts and even in this one. In fact, I clearly stated that one of my reasons for asking was because of "unfortunate image" my country has concerning internet scams.
I have no big deal tho 'protesting too much', that's just a matter of perspective. To the Watchtower, the exJW 'ladies doth protest too much'. So continued protest might be a sign of innocence.
While my due respect and sympathies go to those who were swindled, for academic purposes, it might interest you to find out that most of the scams usually involved both parties resolving to do something illegal- most likely including money laundering. Many tho not most of those scammed were greedy- hoping to make a quick buck albeit illegally without any fear of prosecution.
Also allow me to disagree with you about the OP being similar to those used by scammers. A sampling of such scams will show you that the template almost always involves dangling the prospects of huge profits for a little financial help. It is often targeted at an individual and not community cos that makes it harder to convince all. I felt some posters only saw a fraud because a Nigerian is involved.
An unbiased read of my subsequent response will show I understood that people will disbelieve most likely. I also tried to answer objective points of disapproval, misconceptions doubts. What I lashed out at were the abusive and insensitive comments- I believe there is absolutely no excuse for hate. It wouldn't be excused for a black South African to attack or kill a white simply because some other whites kill his dad. So while I know how much some Nigerians have hurt some people I don't think it's enough reasons to be abusive to one.
Good to know you are from New Zealand. How's da kiwi? Enjoy your weekend.