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I never really understood why they bothered with those silly 419 emails until I read a US Gov report that these netted them hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
I guess that just as they send out millions of emails knowing some idiots will fall for it they are submitting millions of credit card orders knowing some will get though.
My guess is the profit per scammer is pretty small, especially in recent years.
Like the advance fee scam this type of fraud has a very low % success rate but they make millions of attempts.
Did it not trip the fraud protection systems of your merchant processor?
When customers get to the page where credit card information would be input it displays a page about how to process the order via a wire transfer. If they want to proceed with the order and a wire transfer, then thay continue with "SAVE ORDER PENDING WIRE TRANSFER", otherwise they just go away as we don't take a hit on our payment gateway which costs per each failed transaction.
If you block the IP range then they won't get to your site (as often) and therefore won't end up at your hosted checkout page (as often). We send everyone from suspect countries to:
Just taking out the drop down list doesn't help (In my experience) we get orders trying to get to "Lagos" Alabama, USA as they just leave the drop downs on the default.
It is a numbers game for them but also for us. When you send out a hundred thousand orders a year, a few of them are going to be fraudulant. Just try to keep the % low. Just don't kick yourself to hard if ones creeps through, the occasional crook is smart.
I know Nigerians have had fraud as "part of their culture". But except Nigeria, you can still have business with the rest of Africa. There are so many African countries with descent people dealing with descent ideas. . .Look at South Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, among others are good for business.
Let's not conclude Africa is a source of fraud. . .it could as well be a source of income.