"the Letter:" A Movie About Nigerian Email Scams

By Saleem Rana

Geoff Browne is a film director and cinematographer who was interviewed by Allen Cardoza on "Answers for the Family." This talk show hosted on L.A. Talk Radio was about the Nigerian rip-offs that are propagating throughout the web. They have been financially ruining families in the both the US and in Nigeria. Geoff took a trip to Nigeria to create a movie based on the fraudulent Nigerian emails.

About Geoff Browne

For more than twenty years, Geoff's Browne's career has spanned global themes, ranging from making films in the steaming jungles of Nigeria and Belize to making films in Tibet, India and Malaysia. He has actually lived in a cave in a remote region. He has also spent lengthy days shooting in the scorching hot deserts of Iran and Saudi Arabia. One of his films is "Call it Karma." For this award winning movie, he traveled alone into desolate areas of Tibet, where he and stayed in a remote community with wanderers and Buddhist monks.

In the movie entitled "Beyond Justice," he worked with stars like Misha Barton, Danny Trejo, Vinnie Jones and Luke Goss. He was a cinematographer on the National Geographic series Drugs Inc. Additionally, he has directed PSA's with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Roberta Flack and David Steinberg.

Recently, he has been making a movie in Nigeria on the Nigerian scams. It's called 'The Letter.' In an exciting twist, he tells the story from the Nigerian side of the story. The storyline is about a Nigerian teenager who wishes to move his family members from the Niger Delta. Since he cannot find any work with the regional oil firms, he joins a team of e-mail scammers to pull off a fraud that will certainly alter his life.

"The Letter" A Movie About Nigerian Scams

Geoff Browne's film 'The Letter,' will uncover exactly how scams work and why they are the second greatest source of earnings for Nigeria after oil. The country grosses over $300 million a year from it and some scammers have actually personally made millions of dollars. The scams are done by individuals and groups, as well as mafia-like criminal networks. Targets are usually educated individuals, people who are likely to be taken in by the usage of official language linked with the correspondence of financial lenders, army men and government officials.

The veteran film-maker has been to Nigeria twice. He has met with scammers in the Niger Delta, and has a great understanding of the socioeconomic forces perpetuating the deceitful industry and the government officials trying to stop it.

About the Author:

No comments:

Post a Comment