– An Australian Muslim cleric may have just incurred the wrath of Nigerians on social media
– He recently shared his experience with a scammer who he believed was Nigerian
– Nigerians on social media however, are not having it as the found the stereotype insulting
Cyber crimes are sadly, a common trend in the world and Nigerians are top on the list of countries known for this fraudulent activities. Most of these cyber criminals are usually traced down to Nigeria and thus, the general belief that most Nigerians are fraudsters.
However, just a few months ago, a 67-year-old American man changed the narrative and prove to the world that Nigerians are also victims of impersonation. He was arrested for posing as a Nigerian prince in order to defraud people of their money.
Despite the fact that not all scammers are Nigerians, the stereotype has been around for so long and perhaps, it is with this notion that a certain Australian Muslim cleric identified as Imam Tawhidi shared his experience. According to him, a Nigerian tried to scam him. He took to his Twitter page to write: “Nigerian scammer sent me an Email saying he wants to send me $100,000,000 but I should first send him $1000. I told him to deduct the $1000 from the $100M and send me the rest. No response yet. “
The tweet got a lot of mixed reactions from people on social media. While some people found it hilarious, others considered it offensive for him to assume the nationality of the scammer when there were so many cases of people pretending to be Nigerians in order to taint the image of the country. See reactions:
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