Communications Assistants for Deaf Used in International Scam

april 16, 2004  08:10 pm
The crooks who sent out millions of e-mails appealing for financial help to move money out of Nigeria have moved on to another profitable scheme. Pretending to be deaf, they use telephone companies' communications assistants to help them order products from merchants. The goods are on the way to Africa before the seller discovers the credit card is no good. Edward Ericson Jr. reports for Baltimore City Paper that the vast amount of time consumed by con artists limits deaf people's access to the Internet Protocol Relay system they rely on to communicate by phone.