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This is What Happens When You Hire a Nigerian Scammer as a Photographer


Here’s an unusual and inspiring 8-minute video by photographer Adam Grumbo of Matters To That One. After he was contacted online by a Nigerian scammer posing as a “hot American girl,” Grumbo decided to hire the scammer as a documentary photographer.

Grumbo tasked the scammer-turned-photographer with photographing the food, surroundings, and homes in his village, and Tobi was promised payment for his photography. So, ignoring all the common sense advice commonly given to Internet users, Grumbo wired Tobi $100 in return for photos from the market.

“He went into town and got some tomato juice, onions, peppers, and fish,” says Grumbo. “He made one of Nigerians’ favorite dishes. I know that Tobi is really struggling to survive in Nigeria. Me and most people watching this video are much more fortunate than he is. I had to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Tobi also recorded a thank you video.

“I know God has plans for everything,” he says. “To even talk to somebody outside my country, it’s really a very big privilege for me.”

Grumbo is now fundraising for Tobi’s next photography assignment and you can support that project on GoFundMe.