Feeds

Nigerian 419er jailed

Email fraud ends in chokey

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

A Nigerian woman has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for her part in a massive 419 scam.

The case, heard in the Lagos High Court, has been hailed as the first big victory for Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime Commission set up to fight just such crimes.

Amaka Anajemba helped extract $242m from Brazilian bank Banco Noroeste. The email scam claimed to be offering kick-backs on a contract to build an airport in the Nigerian capital Abuja. Much of the money was later recovered.

She must sell properties in Nigeria, the UK, the US and Switzerland to help pay back the missing money, according to the BBC.

The fraud was discovered when Banco Noroeste was bought by a Spanish bank. The bank's international boss was sentenced to a year in prison in Switzerland.

Two other defendants will appear in court in September on related charges. The EFCC has 200 ongoing cases against 419 scammers. 419 scams are named after the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code. ®

Related stories

Aussies prosecute first 'spammer'
419er seeks Reg reader for IM romance
419ers seek project manager

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.