JJ says Africa has the lowest internet usage in the world, but this is a downside of globalization because it's easy for people in Africa to send messages to people in the West. But the globalization also allows people who fall for these scams to be more easily exploited. (You might think twice if you got this kind of letter in the mail, but for some reason through email people are more likely to respond.) People doing research here in Africa, they say the scammers are responding to stupid people who fall for this and they say they're getting what's coming to them. So they rationalize it. (What is the move to crack down on the scammers?) In the Ivory Coast they've set up a division in the police who are devoted to cracking down on this.
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