Dutch police arrest 111 West Africans in 419 clampdown
Life's a Lottery (scam)
Dutch police have arrested 111 suspected 419 scammers. The arrests on Saturday follow the end of a seven-month investigation - dubbed Operation Apollo, AFP reports.
Eight of those detained were carrying false papers. Many others among the group of West African (mainly Nigerian) suspects are reckoned to have entered the Netherlands illegally or to have overstayed their permitted stay.
The alleged scammers are suspected of running a series of lottery-based (AKA 419-lite) scams. Prospective victims of these frauds are first informed by email that they have won fictitious lottery prizes. Victims are then tricked into handing over money-up front to cover processing fees or other fictitious expenses. The promised windfalls never materialise and dupes are left nursing their losses.
Investigators in the Netherlands estimate that 2,000 internet con-men are active in the country. ®
RE: 419 Scams
It is appalling and embarassing when you read stories like this. Especially if you are an African and a Nigerian at that. Fine, if you don't sow, you don't reap - You can't win a lottery you never played and attimes i wonder why people still fall for such things. How can a supposed head of an organisation be using 'yahoo' and 'hotmail' to communicate official details to you...?
That said, this undesirable elements are making things difficult for people who just want to do the right thing and it's painful.
I hope the Nigerian government will try harder to nail as much people as possible in the quest to help resolve things with regards to this 419 thingy.
"The whole point of being human is to try and rise *above* the blind forces of evolution. The dinosaurs didn't have a choice. We do."
My guess would be that a majority of those being taken in by such scams don't believe in evolution or dinosaurs for that matter.
My dear old mother taught me, amongst other things, that you never get something for nothing and that people do things to help themselves, not you.
If you live by this, you're not going to fall for many scams -- I'l repeat: falling for a 419 makes you greedy or stupid -- even the senile have à healthy level of paranoia.