Nigerian email scams have become nearly as commonplace as the Internet itself. But one Australian woman wound up in jail after turning the tables–to the tune of $30,000–on a group of con artists.
The Courier-Mail reports that Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed as an agent in March 2010 by the Nigerians, but didn’t know they were scam artists.
Her job was to provide access to an Australian bank account opened in her name where the Nigerians could then transfer money they had received from a phony car sales website.
Cochrane-Ramsey was told she could keep eight percent of the transfers. But, then she decided to steal from the thieves themselves.
According to the Courier-Mail, she received two payments, totaling $33,350, but spent most of it on herself.
The real victims who thought they were buying cars online reported the scam to the police, who traced the account back to Cochrane-Ramsey.
She was ordered to appear in Brisbane District Court and plead guilty to one count of aggravated fraud.
For now, the court judge is allowing Cochrane-Ramsey time to come up with the money to pay off the fraud victims while she awaits sentencing in March.