MORE: Woman Meets Her Internet Scammer, Helps Him Give Up Crime, and Pays for His College So he responded to Joel saying he ran a business that paid people to take photographs of where they lived.
If Joel complied, Taylor could hire him as a kind of freelance photographer.
It may have seemed counterintuitive, but Taylor decided to take a chance on Joel.
He sent him a camera and asked him to try taking some better photos of his village.
33-year-old Taylor was about to delete the online plea as spam – but something kept him from writing off the inquiry.
He figured that if he continued correspondence with Joel, it would at least use up some of the man’s time keeping him occupied, rather than scamming those who would be more gullible.
(But wouldn’t he just spend the money on himself and disappear?
) To Taylor’s astonishment, the villager kept his promise.
Additionally, he said that he would split the profits with Taylor 50/50.To his surprise, Joel sent Taylor a few photos of his home in Monrovia, Liberia.Though they were blurry and badly-lit, the You Tuber was impressed that the guy even put in any effort at all.After a Swedish woman was scammed by a Nigerian college student, they ended up striking up a friendship and she offered to pay for the rest of his school so he could give up scamming.The two now reportedly call each other on the phone once a week to chat about college life and work.