Feeds

Another 419 scam ring nicked

Hundreds to go?

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Amsterdam police this week arrested another 419 cell and confiscated computers, fake travel documents, and bogus banking documents.

The five suspects are being held pending extradition to the US, where they could face up to 20 years in prison.

The fraudsters in this scheme allegedly fleeced hundreds of victims from the US, Norway, India, and Greece with promises of charitable contributions from widows of deposed dictators and beleaguered petroleum moguls.

According to Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, a Dutch private investigation firm which has been studying 419 scams worldwide for a decade, the scam ring has been active in Europe since 2003 and has members in Germany, Spain, the UK, France, Italy, and Canada.

In February, Dutch police also arrested 21 419 fraudsters in three internet cafes in Amsterdam on similar charges, several of whom face extradition to the US.

Despite the fact the Dutch police has drastically stepped up its efforts to apprehend 419 scammers in recent years, Ultrascan warns that the arrests may not be enough as gang members are easily replaced. Also hampering enforcement efforts are the dispersion of the crime rings to smaller Dutch cities.

Ultrascan this week launched a world fraud map, which shows locations where 419ers are working or are sighted on a regular basis. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
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.