Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Last Word On Nigerian Internet Scam

The on-going developments to eradicate the notorious Nigerian Internet Scams are appreciated. I have also drummed the warning into the ears of the ignorant millions of fall-guys in the Western world, Asia and Australia who are the primary target of the ruthless Internet scammers. And this latest news will be my final report on the matter. No more, no less. Only morons would be conned. Because, they are either criminals themselves or they are fools.Finis.

British and Nigerian officials are teaming up to warn Internet users of fraudulent e-mails that try to con recipients into handing over cash.

The so-called Nigerian 419 scams have been a problem for a number of years; the partnership issued a statement Friday warning people about e-mails that "ask for help in moving large sums of money in exchange for a share of the spoils."

Christine Wade, director of consumer regulation enforcement for the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, said in a statement:

"If you are targeted, recognize the 419 for what it is--an attempt to defraud you. Do not reply and do not give your personal details out. You are not about to become rich. These scams bear the hallmarks of professional criminals--use your common sense and don't become their next victim."


The scams were named "419ers" after the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code. Many, but not all, originate from Nigeria and other West African nations.

Last month, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Nigerian government to help track down and prosecute criminals involved in the scams and other Internet-based fraud originating there.

Nuhu Ribadu, the executive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria, said in a statement that "419 and other Nigerian variants of cybercrime have done unquantifiable damage to Nigeria's image and credibility. The government has resolved to deal a fatal blow to the cybercrime networks operating from Nigeria and the West African sub-region."

The commission said it will be monitor cybercafes and take on a "significant" number of cases against such criminals based in Nigeria.

Nigeria has agreed to work with the other 26 member countries involved in the antispam effort known as the London Action Plan.

6 comments:

mmulibra said...

Yes, the famous Nigerian Scam..

I really heard alot about it..

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

The notorious Nigerian Internet Scam is being flushed down the toilet.

Athene Aquinas said...

GOOD... FIGHT SPAM... oh btw Orikinla, I've left several comments on blogs where I saw you left comments, it appears Im following you around lol. Take care. I saw about the Nigerian plane crash, I hope no one you knew was on board. :-(

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Athene,
Thanks.

Many horrible and terrible things happened in that Bellview plane crash. And people I admired and looked forward to working with died in the air disaster.

Stone Monkey 45 said...

These scams really only work, because people assume black/African people are stupid, their own greed makes them think they can get money from foolish black people, when in reality they who are being outsmarted.

The mails are annoying though so it's time for them to be stamped out.

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

After the latest warning already circulated worldwide, anyone who complains of being duped by Nigerian Internet Scammers should be arrested and prosecuted for blackmail.