Feeds

Dutch police target 23 Nigerian gangs

Only the beginning?

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Dutch police say they are targeting another 23 Nigerian gangs after the arrest of 12 suspects as part of a joint US/Dutch investigation into 419 money-making schemes.

Four chief suspects will be sent to the US for prosecution, where they could face up to twenty years of jail time if convicted. Eight others will be prosecuted in the Netherlands.

“This is only the beginning,” a spokesman for the Dutch police told Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf.

Police won't say if more arrests will follow soon, although Frank Engelsman, frauds specialist at US company Ultrascan, lamented in de Telegraaf that "with every African scammer you arrest, another one will take his place."

Apparently, the arrests didn’t go unnoticed with the 419 community. The number of fraudulent mails with Dutch mobile phone numbers has dropped noticeably since last week. However, fraudulent activities are expected to resume soon. When Dutch police arrested 52 419ers in Amsterdam in the beginning of 2004, Nigerians left the Amsterdam suburb of Bijlmer "in droves", only to return later.

One victim of the recent scams is a well known New York orthopedic surgeon, who received a letter that he inherited money from a relative he had never heard of. The man flew to the Netherlands and was met by two African businessmen in suits at the Apollo Meridien. After having forked over $60,000 in advance fees, he was handed a suitcase with play money. When the angry surgeon demanded an explanation, he was told "not to open the suitcase because the money would immediately be destroyed".

Dutch police say they are surprised that people still fall for these proposals, despite many warnings.®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
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
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
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
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
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.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.