Feeds

Cyber-cafe owner arrested for turfing out 419 fraud

Web of corruption

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

A Nigerian cyber-cafe owner has reportedly been arrested for attempting to bar a 419 scammer from operating in his premises. Despite Nigerian government claims to be cracking down on advance fee fraud scams some local police are said to be more interested in collecting protection money, according to postings on a Nigerian bulletin board.

So when cyber-cafe owner Bani took issue with a local scammer, the fraudster was able to turn to the police for help and it was the cafe owner who ended up getting his collar felt. Bani, the cyber-cafe owner, writes: "I had a case with a customer who was into '419' for excessive spamming since my ISP had mailed me his email account details, and do you know the guy had the guts to call the police because he settles them regularly and they actually arrested me for trying to throw the guy out of the cafe."

As Techdirt.com notes, this account is not backed by any solid supporting evidence. Even so it does serve to illustrate that bringing 419 gangs to heel might take more than weighty government pronouncements on the subject. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.