Enormous Global 419 Nigerian Scam Bust

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In what is being hailed as one of the largest spam&scam busts of the decade, and the biggest 419 bust in history, the FBI and Spanish police have collaborated to arrest three hundred and ten (that’s right, 310) people in Spain, all of whom were connected with an enormous email scam being run by Nigerian gangs (see, that’s why they are called “Nigerian scams”).

More than 400 Spanish police, FBI officers, and U.S. postal inspectors worked to bring down the scammers, who are believed to be responsible for more than 6million 419 emails as well as an email lottery scam.


All told, the gang scammed a staggering 20,000 victims from around the world, including victims from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Australia, and several Arabic countries.

Wow.

In addition to more than 200,000 British pounds, police seized more than 2,000 cell phones, 165 fax machines, and 327 computers.

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Between this bust, and the conviction of the Nigerian scam widow last week, perhaps we’ll see a drop in Nigerian 419 spam for a while.

At least temporarily.

 

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One thought on “Enormous Global 419 Nigerian Scam Bust

  1. so you mean to tell me that I don’t have $25,000,000 inheritance waiting for me . I really don’t think the Lamborghini dealer is going to like to hear that bit of news. And Anne when that $25,000 check shows up you mite just wanna tear it up. Sorry about that.

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