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US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams

Posted By: Scorsese

US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 10:37 AM

US yoinks six Nigerians to Mississippi on '419 scam' charges
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14 Jul 2015 at 00:34, Iain Thomson
The US Department of Justice has successfully extradited six Nigerians from South Africa to face charges of running a series of scams against gullible Americans over the past 14 years.

The six men, along with 14 other defendants resident in the US, face trial in Gulfport, Mississippi on nine federal charges, including conspiracy to commit identity theft, wire fraud, bank fraud, theft of US government funds, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment [PDF] states that since 2001 the accused, one of whom is 75 years old, were part of a string of scams against Americans, facilitated by internet communications. These include the longstanding 419 scheme, whereby a massive windfall is promised once a small number of payments have been provided, but the DoJ claims it went much further than that.

The team is also accused of running romance stings to bilk the lonely of funds, shipping fraud, running fake work-from-home businesses, check fraud, and plain-old hijacking of other people's bank accounts and credit cards to divert funds.

Almost none of the amounts of money scammed were more than four-figure sums, according to the indictment, but those add up over the years. It's estimated that billions of dollars have been shipped overseas to the African subcontinent by various organized criminal gangs over the past couple of decades.

The DoJ is still waiting for four more of the alleged team at the Nigerian end of the operation to finish the extradition process. Two more, Gabriel Oludare Adeniran and Oduntan Sikiru Lawani, remain on the run. ®
Posted By: blacksheep

Re: US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 11:08 AM

You mean that prince who wanted my bank account info so he could deposit ten million dollars wasn't being honest? Shit...
Posted By: LaLouisiane

Re: US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 11:11 AM

I remember Chris Hanson doing stings on these guys a few years back but he would have to meet them in Europe so they couldn't get arrested. About time they start catching these guys.
Posted By: Turnbull

Re: US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 05:01 PM

I have a collector car for sale on a couple of websites. So far I've gotten three responses--all from Nigerian scammers who tell me they trust me and will buy the car, sight unseen, for my asking price. All I have to do is give them my bank account number so they can deposit the money via PayPal... rolleyes
Posted By: cookcounty

Re: US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 05:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Turnbull
I have a collector car for sale on a couple of websites. So far I've gotten three responses--all from Nigerian scammers who tell me they trust me and will buy the car, sight unseen, for my asking price. All I have to do is give them my bank account number so they can deposit the money via PayPal... rolleyes



sadly people actually give people their information

it's not just the nigerians, it's one of many new internet scams
Posted By: Ted

Re: US arrests six nigerians in 419 scams - 07/15/15 11:22 PM

It's hardly new.
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