Sony Depicts Nigeria as Home of Fraud in Latest PS3 Ad

A few weeks back, when Sony dropped the price of the PS3 to $299, they started airing the following ad to promote the new deal:

But now that this has been running for a few weeks, it seems that Nigeria is Mad at Sony and wants them to withdraw the ad. The country also “demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation,” said a spokesman for the Nigerian government.

In addition to demanding an apology, Nigeria offered to transfer the amount of $200 million USD to Sony if they would just provide them with all their banking information.

Oh and by the way, if any Nigerian officials are currently reading this, please don’t take the previous paragraph too seriously. After all, life would be pretty boring without a little bit of humor, wouldn’t it?

[Via The Consumerist]

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18 Responses to Sony Depicts Nigeria as Home of Fraud in Latest PS3 Ad

  1. They should be more frustrated with the fraudsters ruining their country's reputation. I'm sure that, like every other country, the vast majority of Nigerians are great people, but the issue here isn't an ad targeted at Western gamers. It's the incessant fraud tied in the minds of many to their country.

    Funny how this used to be called the Spanish Prisoner.

  2. They should be more frustrated with the fraudsters ruining their country’s reputation. I’m sure that, like every other country, the vast majority of Nigerians are great people, but the issue here isn’t an ad targeted at Western gamers. It’s the incessant fraud tied in the minds of many to their country.

    Funny how this used to be called the Spanish Prisoner.

  3. We did read this and we're very offended. I expect an email with your account wiring information immediately.

    In all seriousness though- I thought that line in the commercial was hysterical. While I want to say that companies should look at their advertising and try to limit things that might cause too much drama, in a way, they might as well do it on purpose. So an ad pisses off another country. Then it gets posted everywhere. Now their ad becomes even more popular, thus encouraging the company to include material that is likely to start an argument. Advertising win. The only people who lose are the Nigerians.

  4. We did read this and we’re very offended. I expect an email with your account wiring information immediately.

    In all seriousness though- I thought that line in the commercial was hysterical. While I want to say that companies should look at their advertising and try to limit things that might cause too much drama, in a way, they might as well do it on purpose. So an ad pisses off another country. Then it gets posted everywhere. Now their ad becomes even more popular, thus encouraging the company to include material that is likely to start an argument. Advertising win. The only people who lose are the Nigerians.

  5. In the Kansas City area I hadn't seen this version of the commercial. The one I'm seeing is identical to this, except where they make the Nigerian comment the guy says, "You shouldn't believe every rumor you hear on the Internet. That's how World War 1 got started."

    @_@

    Both are quite funny. Yay for memorable advertisements, even if it's a product I'll never buy.

  6. In the Kansas City area I hadn’t seen this version of the commercial. The one I’m seeing is identical to this, except where they make the Nigerian comment the guy says, “You shouldn’t believe every rumor you hear on the Internet. That’s how World War 1 got started.”
    @_@

    Both are quite funny. Yay for memorable advertisements, even if it’s a product I’ll never buy.

  7. I think the Nigerian government is exaggerating. It's just a joke, I'm sure most Nigerians are nice people. This ad is targeted at people who read about the price cut on the internet (ie, people who know about memes and internet scams). DEMANDING an apology is ridiculous, it was just a 2 second joke…

  8. I think the Nigerian government is exaggerating. It’s just a joke, I’m sure most Nigerians are nice people. This ad is targeted at people who read about the price cut on the internet (ie, people who know about memes and internet scams). DEMANDING an apology is ridiculous, it was just a 2 second joke…

  9. Yes, the Nigerian government is feigning being offended. They're being a tad thin-skinned about it considering how much of the scamming activity that they allow to go on. And they do it because government officials benefit from it. More money passes below the table there than passes above it.

    If they really wanted to clean up their image, and put jabs like this to rest, they'd declare a 'season' on scammers, and throw their butts in prison, sending the message that they are tired of the scammers sullying the collective reputation of Nigeria. Until they do, they're both culpable and complicit.

    So they're offended.. So what..

  10. Yes, the Nigerian government is feigning being offended. They’re being a tad thin-skinned about it considering how much of the scamming activity that they allow to go on. And they do it because government officials benefit from it. More money passes below the table there than passes above it.

    If they really wanted to clean up their image, and put jabs like this to rest, they’d declare a ‘season’ on scammers, and throw their butts in prison, sending the message that they are tired of the scammers sullying the collective reputation of Nigeria. Until they do, they’re both culpable and complicit.

    So they’re offended.. So what..

  11. I'm Nigerian and I find this ad quite funny. It stings when people take the mickey out of my country for all the wrong reasons, but this is an ad targeting something that is actually true. So the so called "Nigerian Officials" should get over themselves and focus on giving companies like Sony no reason to make comments like that.

  12. I’m Nigerian and I find this ad quite funny. It stings when people take the mickey out of my country for all the wrong reasons, but this is an ad targeting something that is actually true. So the so called “Nigerian Officials” should get over themselves and focus on giving companies like Sony no reason to make comments like that.

  13. From SANS Newsbites:

    ——————————–

    Operation Eagle Claw Aims to Thwart Nigerian eMail Scammers (October 23, 2009)

    An initiative dubbed "Operation Eagle Claw" aims to move "Nigeria out of the top ten list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent emails," according to Farida Waziri, chairwoman of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Though not yet 100 percent operational, Eagle Claw has resulted in 18 arrests and the closure of more than 800 websites linked to fraud. The initiative involves scanning all email. Police are working with Microsoft to calibrate the technology used to scan the email.

    -http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33448866/ns/technology_and_science-security/
    -http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/23/nigeria_police_success/
    -http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8322316.stm
    -http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/nigeria-actually-arrests-shuts-d
    own-online-scammers.ars

  14. From SANS Newsbites:

    ——————————–

    Operation Eagle Claw Aims to Thwart Nigerian eMail Scammers (October 23, 2009)

    An initiative dubbed "Operation Eagle Claw" aims to move "Nigeria out of the top ten list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent emails," according to Farida Waziri, chairwoman of the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Though not yet 100 percent operational, Eagle Claw has resulted in 18 arrests and the closure of more than 800 websites linked to fraud. The initiative involves scanning all email. Police are working with Microsoft to calibrate the technology used to scan the email.

    -http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33448866/ns/technology_and_science-security/
    -http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/23/nigeria_police_success/
    -http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8322316.stm
    -http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/nigeria-actually-arrests-shuts-d
    own-online-scammers.ars

  15. See this country you despise so much, will be ruling all ya asses pretty soon… It's Codec!

  16. See this country you despise so much, will be ruling all ya asses pretty soon… It’s Codec!