A few points:
1) How do you know the Nigerian con artists would score lower than the whites they tricked? Just because the average Nigerian has an IQ of 67 doesn’t mean these con artists do. They are presumably part of the educated elite with Internet access and probably have IQ’s around 86 (the average for university Africans )
2) The Nigerian con artists probably had thousands of hours of practice perfecting their con, so it’s hardly surprising that they can beat smarter inexperienced people at the game they’ve been practicing their whole lives.
3) IQ is a measure of overall intelligence, but each race has their own strengths and weaknesses. Blacks probably have a higher social IQ than whites and especially East Asians of equivalent g because blacks evolved to have numerous sexual partners, while whites and East Asians needed technological IQ to adapt to challenging environments so there was an evolutionary tradeoff between people smarts vs technology smarts. That’s why high tech types are known for their socially awkward nerdiness.
I worked with these scammers for a very long time as part of a group who was fighting them. I know them up and down, forwards and backwards, east to west, north to south. I could write a book on them.
First of all, many to most Southern Nigerians are basically criminals anyway if you ask me, so it doesn’t make sense to differentiate between the “non-criminals” and criminals. I figure half the population of Lagos wakes up every morning and thinks, “Who can I rip off today?”
The scammers operate out of Internet cafes. They make enough money from scamming to afford the cafes. Many work for organized scamming gangs who take over the cafes or they work for these gangs in the gang’s homes. Most scammers do not have their own computers. If a Nigerian has his own computer, he is probably not scamming.
These guys are quite literally as dumb as fuckin rocks. Some of the stupidest humans I have ever dealt with in my life. However, they are absolutely brilliant when it comes to being criminals. They have excellent, masterful criminal minds. Many appear sociopathic. Con artists are smarter than you think in some ways.
1. Criminal intelligence.
The two don’t have that much to do with each other. Quite a few excellent ingenious criminals are literally dumb as rocks on IQ tests.
Over time, we had a number of Nigerians come into our group to “help us fight the scammers.” After a while, they all had to be removed due to general scummy, scammy behaviors. Many of them were scammers to one degree or another. We eventually had to institute a blanket “no Africans” policy which was blatantly racist and discriminatory, but it was the only way the group could survive. Even these “honest Nigerians” were dumb as rocks too. The honest ones and crooks were about as stupid as each other.
The scammers in general don’t go to college. They’re fucking criminals. They are almost all high school dropouts, typical criminals. They waste all of the considerable money they make as it hits their palms, like typical criminals.
We did hear about some of the “master scammers.” These were older men, and some of them were actually quite intelligent. They were nearly “pros” or even “kingpins.”