Six arrested over ‘Nigerian e-mail’ fraud

The “Nigerian e-mail” scam is over ten years old and has possibly cost the victims hundreds of millions of dollars. There’s no way to tell, really, because many people are too embarrassed to call the authorities once they realize they’ve been had. Read a typical e-mail and see if you’d fall for their tactics. I received one of these emails last week, so it’s clear this scam is still going on.


It looks like part of this ring of scam artists and drug dealers have been caught in South Africa by local police and detectives from the UK’s Scotland Yard. Hopefully they can lock these boys up and keep them away from computers and fax machines for a few years.

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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