Inside the Nigerian email schemes
Stephen Kovacsics of American Citizen Services, an office of the U.S. Consulate, spoke to a victim who had lost $200,000.Not much new, but interesting. I don't feel very sorry for them either.
Kovacsics says he is awakened several nights a week by Americans pleading for help with an emergency, such as a fiancee (whom they have only met in an online chat room) locked up in a Nigerian jail. He has to tell them that there is probably no fiancee, no emergency.
UPDATE: This is probably the kind of thing my friend Ollie thinks the government needs to protect us from